Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Perhaps it would have been better to say Americans have free speech?

The American embassy in Cairo condemned "the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims -- as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions." Shortly thereafter the embassy was attacked. In Libya the ambassador was killed.

Perhaps it would have been better to have said Americans have free speech and can make whatever movie they like - and the American government takes no position on what free Americans choose to say?


Anonymous said...

And the US Presidential election just changed....

Anonymous said...

As you correctly stated, but many have not. This tweet, which was one of a series of tweets from the embassy staff, were issued before the attack began. I think you should look up all of the tweets that had been posted, which also included tweets indicating a support for free speech.

It appears to me that the staff was trying to soothe the unrest brewing outside the embassy.

I hardly think issuing tweets that provoked an angry crowd would have helped.

Do you honestly believe they would have?

Anonymous said...

There is little doubt that people in much of the middle east have no idea what free speech really means.

It is incomprehensible to them that such a commentary can be made without the consent or support of such a powerful government.

It is as if they cannot even dream of such freedom of thought.

On the flip side, this was an unacceptable breach of security. The Canadian government's move to close the embassy in Iran has proven to be prophetic.

Anonymous said...

Anon 2 nothing wouldbhave helped. So they might as well have spoken the principled truth