Ambassador of Egypt’s response to the New York Times’ editorial
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The New York Times May 19th editorial “In Egypt, Deplorable death Sentences” starts with yet another outright fabrication.It claims that an Egyptian court has sentenced Mohamed Morsi and others to death. Had the editorial board chosen to apply basic standards of journalism, they would have disclosed that the judge actually set a date in early June to pronounce his sentence. Until that time, any reports as to what that sentence may be amount to nothing more than conjecture. Faithful to what has become its established policy, the Times again goes out of its way to absolve the Moslem Brotherhood of their crimes. At a time when the Brotherhood’s official media outlets are openly instigating their followers to violence and terrorism, this newspaper makes the claim that the Moslem Brotherhood “renounced violence in the 1970s” without providing a shred of evidence to that effect, and brushing aside the ample evidence to the opposite that has surfaced in recent years. In January of this year, the Moslim Brotherhood’s official website posted a statement in Arabic calling for a “long, uncompromising Jihad” against Egypt, while the Brotherhood-controlled TV called for the assassination of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi. Soon thereafter, terrorist attacks in North Sinai killed more than 30 and injured nearly 100. The Times editorial makes a clumsy attempt at reinterpreting these calls as an “invitation to continue to demonstrate peacefully”. I wonder how they would defend similar Moslem Brotherhood calls to target Westerners.In an attempt to sidestep the serious events at the heart of Morsi’s trial, the editorial board sums the case this way: “He was among scores of Moslem Brotherhood members who broke free from jail after being unfairly detained in the early days of the revolution”. There is not as much as a hint to the coordinated assaults with heavy weaponry that caused those jailbreaks. The Times is even mute on the victims, the guards and inmates who were brutally murdered for Morsi and his colleagues to walk free.

Frankly, I never expected this editorial board to mention that members of Hamas and Hezbollah were among the prisoners freed by the assailants. It simple would have been too close to the truth, exposing the network of militant organizations in our region and elsewhere, at the heart of which is, of course, the Moslem Brotherhood, without whose help these militants would have been unable to quickly resurface in Gaza and Beirut, respectively.

Even more disturbing than its misrepresentations of Egypt’s judiciary, or its unquestioning adoption of Moslem Brotherhood’s propaganda, is the Times’ attempt to explain away the actions of terrorists. Rather than condemn unequivocally the cold-blooded assassination of three Egyptian judges by terrorists, or at least show sympathy for their families’ suffering, the Times asserts that “a surge in terrorist attacks during the past two years, including recent ones targeting judges, suggests that armed violence is increasingly becoming an acceptable response”. This statement demonstrates, at best, a complete misunderstanding of the roots of radicalism. At worst, it amounts to a justification for violent extremism.

Today, terrorists in Egypt are part of a network of extremists who are bound by a singular distorted ideology, and by a shared goal of taking our region back hundreds of years. They are inspired by the radical teachings of the former Moslem Brotherhood leader Sayyid Kutb. Terrorists in Egypt share the same evil goals as terrorists in Iraq, Syria and Libya. To say that one court case will further enflame radicalism neglects the stark reality that terrorists in Egypt and across the region are already enflamed by a deadly hate. Asserting that decisions in Egypt’s legal system will breed more terrorists ignores the thousands of Western fighters who are flocking to join ISIS. According to the skewed logic of the New York Times editorial, who should bear the blame for the Oklahoma or Boston bombings?

This press release is the responsibility of its author,Embassy of Egypt Washington,DC , and does not reflect the editorial policy of The Cairo Post

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Comments

  1. Uuta
    May 27, 2015 at 10:36 pm

    Excellent. Really happy to hear Egypt “spanking” the New York Times. Well said.

  2. Henri
    May 28, 2015 at 3:08 am

    Very good, thanks to the Embassy! We need proper responses to those so called “writers” who makes money with no efforts for research and those who knows the facts but have no integrity.

  3. bond,james
    May 28, 2015 at 3:47 am

    New York Times is owned and operated by Zionist Jews. The Jews know their time is running out.

  4. Terrence
    May 29, 2015 at 10:06 am

    Here is the link to the Zionists Ambassador condemning the New York Times as well under the heading:

    “Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer Rips New York Times Editorial as ‘Embarrassment to Journalism’”

  5. Terrence
    May 29, 2015 at 10:09 am

    No surprise to see yet another thing in common between military regime of Sissy and the zionist regime of Zionazi. There is hardly any difference in narrative these days between the two.

  6. Terrence
    May 29, 2015 at 10:09 am

    The only difference is that the zionist appear to be a little more diplomatic whereas the Sissy military hack in the name of Ambassador is all emotion and not much logical substance.

  7. Terrence
    May 29, 2015 at 10:18 am

    The truth is, despite occasional flaws in The NY TImes is head and shoulders above the Murdoch’s Fox and his Egyptian clone Sawiris’s notorious military mouthpiece media.

  8. Ragel
    May 29, 2015 at 3:26 pm

    Excellent piece in response to a complete and utter shambles of an article from the NY times. The short-sighted views of Obama and friends are trying to disrupt Egypt from getting on the right path.

  9. THE KHAZARS ARE ANTI SEMITIC!
    May 30, 2015 at 5:01 am

    The KHAZARS really believe that they can’ wrest ‘ with EGYPT too ,SPREADING IGNORANT LIES for the IGNORANT COWBOYS!!!! BUT it is TIME to show their right place and it is HAPPENED NOW! THANK YOU!

  10. Rafik
    May 30, 2015 at 11:01 am

    An excellent and factual response from the Ambassador.

  11. Terrence
    June 1, 2015 at 9:01 am

    There is nothing factual in what this military regime’s acolyte said and the purpose of his launching the tirade was to show the regime he is a faithful prepared to go out of his way for the regime.

  12. Terrence
    June 1, 2015 at 9:33 am

    It also shows you don’t need to know much about diplomacy to get a cushy position under this regime. Engaging in such political commentary in such emotional tone is not the role of Ambassador.

  13. Terrence
    June 1, 2015 at 9:36 am

    No other Ambassador has engaged in such behavior despite there being many who detest what the military regime is doing in Egypt.

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