Skip to comments.'We can read Arabic too!' US embassy tells Egypt's Brotherhood (Tweets diff in Arabic & English)
Posted on 09/13/2012 8:31:20 AM PDT by PghBaldy
The Muslim Brotherhood's official English-language Twitter account @Ikwanweb reposted a message from the group's deputy head, Khairat El-Shater, saying he was "relieved none of @USembassycairo staff was hurt" in three days of sometimes violent protests, and expressing his hope that US-Egypt relations could weather the events.
This reconciliatory tweet, however, was posted while the Brotherhood's Arabic-language Twitter account and its official website were both praising the protests -- staged against a US-made film judged defamatory towards Islam -- and calling for a million man march on Friday.
One Arabic language article on the Brotherhood's site sported the headline 'Egyptians rise to defend the Prophet'.
Noting the contradiction, the US Embassy in Cairo tweeted a tart response from its own account: "Thanks. By the way, have you checked out your own Arabic feeds? I hope you know we read those too."
Seemingly stung, the Brotherhood replied some 20 minutes later, saying "we understand you're under a lot of stress, but it will be more helpful if you point out exactly the Arabic feed of concern."
Obama gave a speech in Arabic just before the attacks
Promises for money upon ‘Mission Accomplished’
for the NEW terror on 911.
THE MSM is complicit
in the latest DNC/Obama September “surprise”.
Can you please explain what your are talking about. Do you have a link? Please.
That’s news. You got a link for that speech?
The bigger question is -— why in the hell is the United States conducting foreign policy via twitter?
I told my Husband the same thing, it gave a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach. Timing is interesting to say the least.
Do blackberry’s, Ipad, etc., have a keyboard for all languages, even that chicken scratch called Arabic?
Does Obama actually speak Arabic? Other than what he remembers from his boyhood Koran classes, that is.
It took just a few clicks for me to set my iPod Touch 2nd generation's keyboard to Arabic. I hope I can change back now.
Settings / General / Keyboards / International Keyboards / Add New Keyboard / Arabic for those interested.
I don't know what languages he speaks or what classes he took.
Arab’s lie to Hillary and play this administration for fools? Oh no, it can’t be. Tell me it’s not true... I can’t breath it’s so awful... What can this mean? /s
Talk about a genius who could do that, wow.
There really is no legitimate reason for the US Marines guarding our embassies in hostile countries to refrain from defending our embassy with weapons.
By treaty, embassies are supposed to be protected by their host countries. But in Muslim nations, this is not taken seriously, or the local government may actually encourage rioters to attack.
The rationale used by the State Department is nonsensical, that the Marines can’t fight back because it might “offend” the host nation were they to hose rioters with machine guns when they busted into our embassy compound.
Seriously, “offend” a country because we killed rioters who wanted to kill us, while that government did nothing?
To hell with that. The next Republican president should issue a directive to all embassies, and ROE to the Marines defending them, that when rioters go over the wall, or through the wall, shoot them.
Arabic keyboard has regular numbers and not, uh, Arabic numbers? Who knew?
Can they read Austrian too?
According to Wikipedia there are only 28 letters plus a few marks for their vowels. It gets complicated because each letter has multiple forms based on where it is in the word and what it connects to, but I guess those doesn't have to be on the keyboard.
Chinese, on the other hand, is a keyboard nightmare.
OMG, that’s for real. Mohammad’s chicken scratch. What do they do for SHORTHAND?
Good God. Can we please ban Foreign Embassy staff from using Twitter?
Muslims are so easily manipulated we may see the next war started via Twitter.
And isn’t Arabic written, or at least read, backwards to English, as well as American English?
Yes, like Hebrew. Oddly, Arabic numbers higher than 9 are read left-to-right, so that if you recognize the different shape of individual numerals, it’s not such a mental twist to read large Arabic numbers. (My personal theory is, that is because “Arabic” numbers and mathematics are actually Hindic (? as distinct from Hindu, the religion) in origin.
Jimmy Carter does the same thing to this day.
He will say one thing in english and then under the guise of saying it again in spanish, actually say somethin totally unrelated and america bashing in spanish.
Thank you for the info. I did not know this.
His teleprompter is multilingual- that's all he needs.
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