Here’s a new candidate for the New-They-Tell-Us Award.
First, some background:
You remember when the mainstream media was ecstatic to see the tyrant Mubarak overthrown by liberal democrats.
You remember when the mainstream media and the Obama administration declared that the Egyptian version of the Muslim Brotherhood was a force for Islamic moderation.
And you certainly remember during the election season when the media and teh Obama administration claimed that Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi’s success in brokering a cease fire between Israel and Hamas was a clear sign that the Obama foreign policy.
Imagine everyone’s surprise when they opened the New York Times this morning and discovered that this same Mohamed Morsi is an anti-Semite. Who could have imagined such a thing?
The Times reports the story as though it had just been discovered:
Nearly three years ago, a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood delivered a speech urging Egyptians to “nurse our children and our grandchildren on hatred” for Jews and Zionists. In a television interview around that time, the same leader described Zionists as “these bloodsuckers who attack the Palestinians, these warmongers, the descendants of apes and pigs.”
That leader, Mohamed Morsi, is now president of Egypt — and his comments may be coming back to haunt him.
Since beginning his campaign for president, Mr. Morsi has promised to uphold Egypt’s treaty with Israel and to seek peace in the region. In recent months, he has begun to forge a personal bond with President Obama around their successful efforts to broker a truce between Israel and Palestinian militants of the Gaza Strip.
But the exposure this month of his virulent comments from early 2010, both documented on video, have revealed sharp anti-Semitic and anti-Western sentiments, raising questions about Mr. Morsi’s efforts to present himself as a force for moderation and stability. Instead, the disclosures have strengthened the position of those who say Israel’s Arab neighbors are unwilling to commit to peace with the Jewish state.
“When the leader of a country has a history of statements demonizing Jews, and he does not do anything to correct it, it makes sense that many people in Israel would conclude that he cannot be trusted as a partner for peace,” said Kenneth Jacobson, deputy national director of the Anti-Defamation League.
It takes a special kind of stupid to pretend that this is news.