It's taken a while for the U.S. to respond to both a translated video of a 2010 interview with Egypt's current President Mohammed Morsi that emerged on January 3rd, courtesy of MEMRI, showing his virulently anti-Semitic side, and another video of Morsi at a rally purportedly encouraging Egyptians to "nurse our hatred" for Jews and Zionists. But they finally have, via State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland.
“The language that we’ve seen is deeply offensive. We think that these comments should be repudiated, and they should be repudiated firmly.” [snip] “We completely reject these statements as we do any language that espouses religious hatred." “This kind of rhetoric has been used in this region for far too long. It’s counter to the goals of peace.”But why would he repudiate what he said when he obviously believes it? And even if he did, that wouldn't change a thing.
White House mouthpiece, Jay Carney, had this to say:
“We believe that President Morsi should make clear that he respects people of all faiths and that this type of rhetoric is unacceptable in a democratic Egypt."And why should Morsi be any different than his counterparts in other Middle Eastern and Muslim Asian nations?
Granted, Morsi has said he will maintain the peace treaty with Israel, but for how long?
Naturally, the Israelis are a tad concerned since this has all come to light,
“When the leader of a country has a history of statements demonizing Jews, and he does not do anything to correct it, it makes sense that many people in Israel would conclude that he cannot be trusted as a partner for peace,” Kenneth Jacobson, deputy national director of the U.S. based Anti-Defamation League, told The New York Times.Of course, no comment from Morsi and his people.
I still want to know what took so long for the U.S. to condemn Morsi. I posted about the video on January 3rd, it is now the 15th. Perhaps it took Egyptian satirist Bassem Yousef, who is in trouble himself for lambasting Morsi and who aired the video recently on his TV programme, to prod them into action.