As we noted here the other day, the early cynical remarks by the Muslim Brotherhood over the embassy riots they organized in Cairo was to challenge the Obama administration that “the United States should do a better job of protecting Islam.”
Accordingly, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, the man who is believed to have made “Innocence of Muslims,” was arrested by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department after most of the media had knocked off for the night.
It’s a reasonable inference that President Obama, who reportedly read Egyptian President Morsi the riot act Wednesday night over Egypt’s refusal to protect the American embassy, had Nakoula arrested as a quid pro quo. On Thursday Morsi made a pretense to Egyptians that he did not support the attacks. But in his Thursday statements he also said that “he had spoken with US President Barack Obama and told him that it was necessary to put in place ‘legal measures which will discourage those seeking to damage relations... between the Egyptian and American people.’”
The United States enforcing Shariah was exactly what Morsi and the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) wanted all along. They want to see the USA “criminalize” criticism of Islam. On Thursday, Muslim Brotherhood Deputy President Khairat El-Shater said in a letter to the New York Times that “we do not hold the American government or its citizens responsible for acts of the few that abuse the laws protecting freedom of expression.” If that language sounds familiar, that’s because it matches almost perfectly the Cairo Embassy’s statement Tuesday that “to hurt the religious beliefs of others” is “to abuse the universal right of free speech.” Translation: Free speech aside, blasphemy of Islam is a crime.
Now the Brotherhood has a photo they can flash around to their illiterate supporters showing the Coptic infidel being hustled off to who knows where.