Egypt's Prime Minister: U.S. must criminalize criticism of Islam -- or else
"I think we need to work out something around this because we cannot wait and see this happen again." Just outlaw the freedom of speech and nobody gets hurt, see?
"Egypt PM says 'number' of US embassy rioters were paid," from Ahram Online, September 15 (thanks to Benedict):
A "number of protesters" were paid to wreak havoc at the US embassy in Cairo, Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Qandil has said.
"There is information confirmed that a number of the protesters were paid," he told BBC Arabic without elaboration....
"It was disgusting, and insulted the beliefs of many Muslims and, unjustified as well. So that was the first unfortunate event. The second event, related to the second part of your question, is linking this movie which was that is the work of a bunch of amateurs, wicked, you know they wanted to insult a very respectable religion.
"That movie linked to the US government was another unfortunate event because it couldn’t be linked to the US government and that was clearly mentioned by Madame Clinton publicly and privately when I spoke to her after this thing started.
"The third unfortunate event is that the peaceful opposition turned out to be violent expressions, which is also very unfortunate… I have to mention that the Egyptian authorities have taken proper measures to protect the diplomatic missions in Cairo and on Egyptian soil to ensure that people and the missions are safe and well protected."
When the prime minister was asked whether the US should make amendments to its laws governing freedom of speech and expression, he replied,"I think we need to work out something around this because we cannot wait and see this happen again."
Qandil also called on the US "to take the necessary measures to ensure insulting billions of people – one and a half billion people – and their beliefs does not happen and people pay for what they do and at the same time make sure that the reflections of the true Egyptian and Muslims is well [represented] in Western media."
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