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Old 09-11-2012, 01:11 PM  
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Protesters storm U.S. Embassy in Cairo

http://www.cnn.com/2012/09/11/world/...html?hpt=hp_t1

I suppose it's a good thing that "it doesn't have to be a good thing for us"....

Cairo (CNN) -- Angry protesters climbed the walls of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo on Tuesday and hauled down the American flag, replacing it with a black standard with Islamic emblems, apparently in protest of the production of a film thought to insult the Prophet Mohammed.

The incident prompted a volley of warning shots to be fired as a large crowd gathered outside, said CNN producer Mohammed Fahmy, who was on the scene.

The replacement flag read, "There is no God but Allah and Mohammad is his messenger."

Others expressed more general grievances about U.S. policy, chanting anti-American slogans and holding up bits of a shredded American flag to television camera crews in front of the embassy.

An embassy operator told CNN that the facility had been cleared of diplomatic personnel earlier Tuesday, ahead of the apparent threat, while Egyptian riot police were called to help secure the area.

The U.S. Embassy said in a statement Tuesday that it "condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims -- as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions."

"Respect for religious beliefs is a cornerstone of American democracy," the statement said. "We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others."

The incident occurred on the 11th anniversary of the September 11 attacks in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania, as crowds gathered in somber remembrance of the nearly 3,000 people killed that day.

It is not clear which film upset the protesters in Cairo.

In 2008, an anti-Muslim and anti-immigration parliamentarian from The Netherlands sparked international outcry when he produced a film that portrayed Islam as a violent religion.

Geert Wilders' film "Fitna," which he released online, featured images of terrorist acts superimposed over verses from the Quran.
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Old 09-11-2012, 02:47 PM   #16
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Pretty much I give a damn about the "feelings" of the Muslims. The security of our embassy trumps some butthurt they feel. They can go pound sand for all I'd give a shit.
For now the Muslims continue to enjoy the protection of tolerance from the US. They continue to act against us and we continue to tolerate because it is the right course.
At some point that tolerance becomes less desirable to the US as their acts of hostility build and build
At some point they will either cease their aggression or we will cease our tolerance.
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Old 09-11-2012, 02:49 PM   #17
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First an economic malaise and now an attack on the US embassy in the country of a long time ally allowed to fall to radicals. Deja vu.
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Old 09-11-2012, 03:13 PM   #18
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Jesus.

What's the standard operating procedure for embassies? If you feel threatened, you can retaliate with your own firepower, right?
I can't tell if they just climbed the walls or actually set foot inside the embassy walls. If the latter, that's US soil and my understanding is that the Marine ROE allow for deadly force.

I don't see why you care, though.
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Old 09-11-2012, 03:16 PM   #19
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Right. Think, for instance, how of Americans would react seeing Iranian guards fire on Americans on Fox News, even if they were storming the Iranian embassy wanting blood.

What's the phrase... proportional response.

If a bunch of crazy maniacs are "just" screwing with the flag, as opposed to actually attacking American personnel... I don't know.
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Old 09-11-2012, 03:18 PM   #20
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First an economic malaise and now an attack on the US embassy in the country of a long time ally allowed to fall to radicals. Deja vu.
It's all 1977 up in this biatch. Nice Job Obama. You've kept your foot on the neck of economic growth for your social justice agenda and now your weak projection of US resolve is adding to the chaos of the Middle East.


In fairness most of the people in these M.E. countries are starved of facts and are blinded by their lack of education and opportunity. Their religion allows them to funnel all of their crushed dreams and feelings of desperation and hopelessness towards the West. No President can fix that we can only hope to contain the violence.
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Old 09-11-2012, 03:25 PM   #21
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Misunderstanders of Islam just playing a mild game of cap the flag is all.
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Old 09-11-2012, 03:28 PM   #22
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Someone connect the links between a movie from the Netherlands in 2008 and an Egyptian uprising against the US Embassy in 2012.
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Old 09-11-2012, 03:33 PM   #23
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In fairness most of the people in these M.E. countries are starved of facts and are blinded by their lack of education and opportunity. Their religion allows them to funnel all of their crushed dreams and feelings of desperation and hopelessness towards the West. No President can fix that we can only hope to contain the violence.
All the more reason the U.S should just gtfo.
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Old 09-11-2012, 03:34 PM   #24
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Pretty much I give a damn about the "feelings" of the Muslims. The security of our embassy trumps some butthurt they feel. They can go pound sand for all I'd give a shit.
I laughed.
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Old 09-11-2012, 03:37 PM   #25
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If warning shots hit center mass of some of those protesting, they would be much more effective warnings~
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Old 09-11-2012, 03:46 PM   #26
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The crowds, numbering in the hundreds, chanted “We are all Osama bin Laden” as the U.S. marked the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks that killed about 3,000 people on orders of the man the protesters were extolling.
Disgusting that we basically apologized to these dirtbags. Nice work.
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Old 09-11-2012, 03:47 PM   #27
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All the more reason the U.S should just gtfo.
We can't. We have to watch them closely.
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We can't. We have to watch them closely.
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Old 09-11-2012, 03:50 PM   #29
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Someone connect the links between a movie from the Netherlands in 2008 and an Egyptian uprising against the US Embassy in 2012.
I'm sure it was just a coincidence that this happened on 9/11.
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Nice. A mob has set a fire at the US consulate in Libya.

Still think the Arab Spring "doesn't have to be a good thing for us," Direckshun?
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