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Peregrine flight

Saturday, September 22, 2012

We're sorry, so sorry


President Obama has taken a lot of guff from the right for supposedly apologizing to a lot of folks who don't deserve one. I don't necessarily think that he has but that's the popular narrative at least. I do believe that he errs a bit on the overly diplomatic side with people that don't deserve either the effort or courtesy.

Today word that the United States has produced television advertising to be run in Pakistan, production costs to the tune of $70,000 bucks, featuring President Obama and Clinton rejecting the contents of the nasty coptic movie and extolling American tolerance for all religions. We are going to reassure of these people of our good intentions. The spots are running on seven Pakistani networks.

My question is why? Why does the Pakistani public and Islamic world in general not ask itself why they are the the only people on the planet who still reserve the right to act and react like animals over a stupid cartoon. A dumb movie. Somebody calling them a name? How many people were killed and injured today when they went apeshit on their own police force, well over two hundred. We give these people billions of dollars a year and we are worrying about what they are thinking? Why all of this assume the position deference?

They choose to live like stone age barbarians and we are supposed to care what these people think? We think that we can some how win them over, get them to join the civilized world? You're joking, right?

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A Pakistani official on Saturday placed a $100,000 bounty on the head of the maker of an anti-Islam film that has sparked a wave of violence and anger, as Muslims mounted fresh protests worlwide. Railways minister Ghulam Ahmed Bilour also called on the Taliban and al-Qaeda to join the hunt and help accomplish the "noble deed."

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Today Egypt's President said that the terms in the U.S./Egypt relationship had now changed.  Mohamed Morsi said the United States needed to fundamentally change its approach to the Arab world, showing greater respect for its values and helping build a Palestinian state, if it hoped to overcome decades of pent-up anger.

We have to change. Our bad. If I'm President I tell them to go pound sand. Don't kiss their ungrateful asses.
Morsi said it was up to Washington to repair relations with the Arab world and to revitalize the alliance with Egypt, long a cornerstone of regional stability.
If Washington is asking Egypt to honor its treaty with Israel, he said, Washington should also live up to its own Camp David commitment to Palestinian self-rule. He said the United States must respect the Arab world’s history and culture, even when that conflicts with Western values.
 He suggested that Egypt would not be hostile to the West, but would not be as compliant as Mr. Mubarak either.
“Successive American administrations essentially purchased with American taxpayer money the dislike, if not the hatred, of the peoples of the region,” he said, by backing dictatorial governments over popular opposition and supporting Israel over the Palestinians. 

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