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Egyptian President Wants Arch-Terrorist Freed

2:57 PM, Jun 29, 2012 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
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Morsi’s answer is an example of doublespeak. “We do not use violence against anyone,” Morsi said. “What's going on [sic] the Palestinian land is resistance.” Morsi continued: “The resistance is acceptable by all mankind and it's the right of people to resist imperialism.”

Of course, such “resistance” is violent and includes Hamas’s extensive use of suicide bombers. (Hamas is a self-described chapter of the Brotherhood.) In Iraq and Afghanistan, other senior Brotherhood leaders have advocated violence against American-led forces under the same mantra of “resistance.”

Morsi is known to be a 9/11 truther. And during his interview with Spitzer, Morsi seemed to condemn the 9/11 attacks only to then equivocate on who was responsible. This is another example of doublespeak. Spitzer asked if he would “right now condemn the attacks by al Qaeda both in - on the United States and elsewhere in the world as acts that violate…”

Morsi responded:

We did before. We are against whoever did this to the civilian people. We are against this act and we said we want a fair trial, not just an accused, and if you prove by a fair trial - you Americans, if you prove by a fair trial who did this, we are against that whoever did it with you. We stand with you against whoever did this if you can prove really who did this.

As late as 2011, therefore, Morsi claimed that we do not know for sure whether or not al Qaeda was responsible for the September 11 attacks.

Some will continue to focus mainly on Morsi’s moderate-sounding rhetoric. The truth is that he often makes not-so-moderate statements as well. His speech on Friday is a good example of this.

“We will complete the journey in a civil state, a nationalist state, a constitutional state, a modern state,” Morsi said of Egypt’s revolution.

And then he called for an arch-terrorist, long allied with al Qaeda, to be freed.

Thomas Joscelyn is a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

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