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Charles Krauthammer: US Embassy Should Have Told Protesters in Egypt to ‘Go to Hell’

Ultra-conservative protesters, as they refer to themselves, climbed the wall of the United States Embassy in Cairo, Egypt, tore down America’s flag and replaced it with a black flag. They claim to have done this in protest of a video attacking the Prophet Muhammad, apparently made by an anti-Islam activist in the US.

A statement from the US Embassy read, “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 … 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.”

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On Special Report, Charles Krauthammer reacted to the statement, calling it “an embarrassment.” He said, “That’s a hostage statement. That’s a mob of Al Qaeda sympathizers in Egypt, forcing the United States into making a statement essentially of apology, on 9/11 of all days, for something of which we are not responsible. I would issue a statement saying to the mob, ‘go to hell.’ The way America works, the way democracy works, is that everybody has a right to express themselves.”

The US Consulate in Libya was reportedly attacked today as well. Juan Williams responded, “Ambassador Krauthammer […] We would stir the wars and the anger in the Islamic community for what? To simply say, hey listen, we understand this may have been offensive to some Muslims -- that’s not by anyway backing down or an act of somehow cowardice on the part of the US government.”

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