“Our condolences to the American people” – Muslim Brotherhood

by Stanley Azuakola

Americans are still managing the fallout of the controversial anti-Islam movie which has spurned a series of violent reactions against Americans and their embassies in some Islamic nations.

(Read up on the issue here, here, here and here)

Egypt’s Islamic group/party, The Muslim Brotherhood, wrote a letter of condolence to the government and people of the United States over the loss of their ambassador in Libya and three other embassy staff. The letter was sent to the editor of the New York Times, and was published in today’s edition of the paper.

The full letter by the Muslim Brotherhood is reproduced below:

Today’s world is a global village; nations are closer than ever before. In such a world, respect for values and figures — religious or otherwise — that nations hold dear is a necessary requirement to build sustainable, mutually beneficial relationships.

Despite our resentment of the continued appearance of productions like the anti-Muslim film that led to the current violence, we do not hold the American government or its citizens responsible for acts of the few that abuse the laws protecting freedom of expression.

In a new democratic Egypt, Egyptians earned the right to voice their anger over such issues, and they expect their government to uphold and protect their right to do so. However, they should do so peacefully and within the bounds of the law.

The breach of the United States Embassy premises by Egyptian protesters is illegal under international law. The failure of the protecting police force has to be investigated.

We are relieved that no embassy staff in Cairo were harmed. Egypt is going through a state of revolutionary fluidity, and public anger needs to be dealt with responsibly and with caution. Our condolences to the American people for the loss of their ambassador and three members of the embassy staff in Libya.

We hope that the relationships that both Americans and Egyptians worked to build in the past couple of months can sustain the turbulence of this week’s events. Our nations have much to learn from each other as we embark on building the new Egypt.

KHAIRAT EL-SHATER
Deputy President, Muslim Brotherhood
Cairo, Sept. 13, 2012

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