Today on the eleventh anniversary of 9-11 an Egyptian mob stormed our embassy in Cairo and burned our flag. The rioters were offended by a film that they allege is insulting to Mohammed. The ringing response of our embassy to this insult to this country on today of all days? An announcement perhaps that the US will no longer waste sending billions of dollars a year in foreign aid to a people who obviously despise us? A recall of our ambassador? A warning to the Egyptian government that repetitions of this type of behavior will lead to a severing of diplomatic relations?
No, after getting down on their hands and knees presumably, this is what the officials at our embassy said:
The Embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims – as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions. Today, the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, Americans are honoring our patriots and those who serve our nation as the fitting response to the enemies of democracy. Respect for religious beliefs is a cornerstone of American democracy. We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others.
When we react so cravenly to this type of insult, we merely ensure many future 9-11s to come.