Will Egypt's leaders calm or fan the crisis?
Isobel Coleman says the actions of Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi may help shape the outcome of the crisis in the region.
September 13th, 2012
06:48 AM ET

Will Egypt's leaders calm or fan the crisis?

By Isobel Coleman

Editor's note: Isobel Coleman is the author of "Paradise Beneath Her Feet" and a senior fellow for U.S. foreign policy at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.

On Tuesday, protests rocked the American embassy compound in Cairo, while heavily armed militias overran the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, killing U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and several others. The incidents initially seemed related, but they are in fact dramatically different developments.

In Egypt, a 2,000-strong crowd of protesters gathered in front of the U.S. Embassy to protest a film that depicts Islam in crude and offensive ways. The film is apparently being promoted by an Egyptian-American Coptic Christian now living in the United States and Terry Jones, the Florida pastor of "International Burn a Koran Day" infamy.

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  1. Jannai

    America has invaded sixty countries since world war 2.

    In 1953, America overthrow Iran's democratic government and installed a brutal dictator Shah of Iran. America helped Shah to established secret police and killed hundreds of thousands of Iranians.

    During Iran-Iraq war, America helped Saddam Hussein and killed one million Iranians. America is the only country that shot down Iran's civilian air plain and killed all 290 passengers.

    In 2003, America invaded Iraq and killed 1,000,000+ innocent Iraqi people and displaced 4,000,000+ Iraqi people.
    Now, America is a failed country with huge debt. Its debt will be 24 trillion by 2015.

    Every other day a city in America is declaring bankruptcy. ha ha ha ha ha ha

    September 15, 2012 at 11:11 pm | Reply
  2. kutfcgh

    Very bad muslims do not even pray when their supposed to by their standards they should be killed by their own family

    September 13, 2012 at 6:37 pm | Reply
  3. El Capitan ♠

    Besides emerging as a regional power, the time has come for Pakistan to take the leadership role in the Islamic World and lead them to the path of progress, prosperity and glory. The only nuclear nation in the Islamic World, Pakistan has shown the world that it can stand up to the nuances of world politics on principles and partake in global affairs. Also, that it can equally contribute to the progress of this planet called Earth. The sacrifices of the Pakistani nation in making this world safe are unmatched and deserves a seat at the table of the permanent members of The UN Security Council.

    September 13, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Reply
  4. OffTheWorldPolitics

    Expatriate all the people who made that anti Islam movie. They are harming the war effort and killing our soldiers. They hide behind the first amendment while our boys get killed defending their right to excessive their filth. Expatriate them and send them to Egypt for trial under Egyptian law! If they keep killing Americans after that, then bomb them into hell.

    September 13, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Reply
    • OffTheWorldPolitics

      Mohamed Morsi is trying to take control of the situation. If foreign leaders abroad can not protect Americans, then it is the U.S.'s responsibility.

      September 13, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Reply
  5. cool

    his schlong and a girls toosh. a picture of you.... 8=> <=8.

    September 13, 2012 at 10:19 am | Reply
  6. Say it As You See It

    HINDU KALI – GODDESS OF VIOLENCE/TERRORISM

    A recent report by United Press trust of India (UPI) stated that during the past three years more than 2,500 young boys and girls were sacrificed to goddess Kali in India. Another of AFP's recent reports say: hundreds of young boys and virgin girls are sacrificed every month for the deity Kali. In one case Rama Sewak hacked his eight year old son to death in broad daylight in Delhi because goddess Kali had told him he would come back to life and bring him good fortune. Bloodthirsty Kali is worshipped openly the length and breadth of India. Kali's statue stands naked astride the inanimate body of the Hindu deity Shiva, tongue stuck out with blood dripping from fang-like teeth. She holds a noose, a skull-topped staff, a blood-encrusted sword and a severed head. She is also known as Durga, Devi, Shaktima, Uma and Parvathi in other manifestations. The priest of Delhi, Kali Bari, says that a child sacrificed to Kali ensures a man the birth of a son. Human sacrifices are also made to these gods or goddesses, either to appease them or to ask favours of them.

    September 13, 2012 at 9:53 am | Reply

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