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'Arab Spring’ Explodes in Attacks Against America

Wed, September 12, 2012

Egyptians on the roof of the American Embassy in Cairo rip the American flag.

Egyptians on the roof of the American Embassy in Cairo rip the American flag.

by: 
Clare Lopez

As Americans everywhere remembered the attacks of September 11, 2001 today, in Cairo, Egypt, they stormed the U.S. Embassy and penetrated the perimeter.

They ripped down the American flag, tore it to bits, and burned the pieces. Shouting “[w]e will sacrifice ourselves for you, Allah’s messenger!” the crowds then ran up the black flag of jihad. The al-Qa’eda battle flag, the flag of the Muslim prophet Muhammad. Over the U.S. Embassy. On September 11. 

The scene in Libya was even worse, as mobs stormed and burned the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Rocket-propelled grenades reportedly were fired at the Consulate before mobs overran the facility, shooting and killing at least one American and injuring others. Late reports were that looters were inside the Consulate, cleaning it out. The black flag of jihad has been flying over Benghazi for many months already, although no one ran it up the Consulate flagpole this day.

News Update: The United States ambassador to Liyba, Christopher Stevens, and three other Americans were killed during the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi.

The apparent cause for this latest spasm of carefully-coordinated, anti-American violence in the lands of the so-called “Arab Spring,” where direct intervention by the U.S. was decisive in bringing to power the jihadist forces of the Muslim Brotherhood, was a film (soon to be released) deemed offensive to Islam and the Muslim prophet Muhammad that was made in the U.S.

The Salafist president of an Egyptian TV channel, Wesam Abdel-Wareth, deliberately whipped up Egyptian fury when he issued a call for a demonstration outside the U.S. Embassy over the film. Most Embassy personnel had left before the chaos began and no one appears to have been injured in the Cairo attack; ominously, though, the Egyptian security presence outside the facility was notably light even as the mob was gathering.

As Andrew McCarthy wrote at The National Review Online, these were acts of war. There can be no question but that they were coordinated acts of war, purposely timed to fall on America’s solemn day of commemoration of the worst jihadist attacks ever committed on the U.S. homeland (by Iran and al-Qa’eda, which sprang from the Muslim Brotherhood).

Diplomatic facilities are the sovereign territory of the country to which they belong. The host country is responsible for their security – and even though neither Egyptian nor Libyan uniformed government forces directly participated in the attacks, it is obvious that their Muslim Brotherhood supporters, the ones who elected them to office and who are now calling for jihad and sharia, were.

Moreover, it is also clear that the U.S. Department of State was aware of the impending threat to its facilities over the film because its Cairo Embassy issued a despicable statement of abject appeasement in advance of the attacks that offered up the treasured right of American free speech on the altar of Islamophobia.  

U.S. Embassy Condemns Religious Incitement

September 11, 2012

The Embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims – as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions. Today, the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, Americans are honoring our patriots and those who serve our nation as the fitting response to the enemies of democracy. Respect for religious beliefs is a cornerstone of American democracy. We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others.

That statement came directly out of the talking points of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on its Ten-Year Programme of Action and is intended by both the OIC and the U.S. Department of State to impose legal limits on Americans’ freedom of speech by criminalizing criticism of Islam. Recall that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hosted OIC Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu in Washington, D.C. in mid-December 2011 to discuss implementation mechanisms for "Resolution 16/18," a declaration adopted by the U.N. Human Rights Council in April 2011.

Resolution 16/18 calls on countries to combat "intolerance, negative stereotyping and stigmatization" based on religion without criminalizing free speech – except in cases of “incitement to imminent violence.” If now the measure of “incitement to imminent violence” is a “test of consequences” that imposes prior restraint on freedom of expression because of the unpredictability of volatile Muslim populaces easily roused to murderous fury, as in Benghazi and Cairo, then Islamic law on slander will have been enforced.

This is the real meaning of these attacks, which were purposefully calculated precisely to elicit the craven press release quoted above from the U.S. State Department. This is how dhimmitude is implemented. Islamic Jihad and Gama’a al-Islamiyya demands for the release of Omar Abdul Rahman (the “Blind Sheikh”), now serving a life sentence in U.S. federal prison for his involvement in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, also have been issued, along with a threat to burn the U.S. Cairo Embassy to the ground if these demands are not met.

We are witnessing the stepped process of the Islamization of American domestic and foreign policy unfold before our eyes and in accordance with both Sayyed Qutb’s classic book “Milestones,” as well as a November 2011 fatwa from Yousef al-Qaradawi, the Muslim Brotherhood’s senior jurist, in which he said, “Gradualism in applying the Sharia is a wise requirement to follow.”

The timeline began to shift into high gear in the summer of 2010, however, when al-Qa’eda called the Muslim world to action, a call answered in October 2010 by Muhammad Badi’ with a declaration of war (jihad) against the U.S., Israel, and Arab and Muslim regimes which were “disregarding Allah’s commandment to wage jihad.” The shift to active, violent jihad reflected obedience to al-Qaradawi’s further fatwa injunction, “Gradualism in that sense does not mean we are to procrastinate and put off applying the Sharia.”

The new Caliphate is rising under the leadership of the OIC through the directed action of its individual member states in coordination with the Muslim Brotherhood. Violent jihad is unleashed, and the United States of America is bowing to sharia on satellite TV and the global internet for all the world to see.

As of late Tuesday night, September 11, there had been not one word of criticism of the Benghazi or Cairo attacks from President Obama. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland seemed oblivious to the magnitude of what had just transpired, telling one reporter who mentioned “growing anti-U.S. sentiment” in Egypt, “I would urge you not to draw too many conclusions because we’ve also had some very positive developments in our relationship with Egypt."

By this she clarified that she meant that Egyptians are undergoing a transition to democracy and are now free to protest … including against the very benefactor who not only helped them oust their long-time military rulers but has just delivered its annual $1.5 billion in aid and promised another billion in debt relief.

As the flag of al-Qa’eda flies over the U.S. Embassy in Cairo and the RPGs slam into the Benghazi Consulate; as Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood president talks nuclear programs with Iran and the American president abandons Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to the mullahs or Armageddon, the “Arab Spring” is completely unmasked.

This was no spontaneous outburst of oppressed peoples dreaming of democracy and individual liberty. This was the Islamic Awakening dreamed of for centuries by Sunni and Shi’a alike. Al-Qa’eda and the Muslim Brotherhood at last have merged visibly in a sea of waving black flags.

Editor's Note: See the following video for the best visuals on the Libyan attack (the report is in Italian).

Clare Lopez is a senior fellow at ClarionProject.org and a strategic policy and intelligence expert with a focus on the Middle East, national defense and counterterrorism. Lopez began her career as an operations officer with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).