Belated Response from Egypt

(New York Times) Editorial - The response from President Mohamed Morsi of Egypt to the murder of the American ambassador in Libya and the attacks on the U.S. Embassy in Cairo should have been swift and unequivocal. Instead, Morsi's primary concern was railing against a hatemongering anti-Muslim video that provided an excuse for the protests. It took until Thursday - after a telephone call from President Obama - before Morsi personally condemned the killing of Americans in Libya and vowed to protect foreign embassies in Cairo. Morsi should leave no doubt that violence will not be tolerated. If Americans and other Westerners cannot trust that Egypt is reasonably safe, there is little reason to back a $4.8 billion International Monetary Fund loan or follow through on promised debt relief and investment.

2012-09-14 00:00:00

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