MORSI FANNING THE FLAMES IN EGYPT
Who is to blame for the attacks on the U.S. embassy in Egypt? The protesters whose actions took a violent turn? The filmmakers who made a film denigrating the Muslim prophet, Muhammad?
Or is the Egyptian government, especially Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi, at fault for provoking the protests.
Jytte Klausen of Brandeis University argues in a ForeignAffairs.com Snapshot that Egyptian President Morsi is largely to blame.
“The storming of the U.S. consulate in Benghazi on Tuesday echoed events following the 2005 Danish publication of cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad that led to widespread protest in 2006 and assaults on Danish embassies around the world,” Klausen writes.
“Today, Egypt’s president, Mohamed Morsi, and his government are playing the same role that his predecessor Hosni Mubarak did then: provoking protest to consolidate power.”
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