It is totally fine for people to take back their words or actions, but they have to be brave enough to admit they were wrong and to call upon others—especially followers—not to make the same mistake again. This applies to the Egyptian president who retracted statements he made three years ago following the objection of his allies the Americans.
The story goes back to a few days ago when the United States strongly condemned anti-Israeli statements Mohamed Mursi made in 2010 before he became president of Egypt and in which he described Israelis as “the offspring of apes and pigs” and called for supporting “all forms of Palestinian resistance against Zionist criminals.” U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland described Mursi’s remarks as “deeply offensive” and noted that they “should be repudiated and they should be repudiated firmly.” Nuland urged Mursi to prove to his people and the International Community that he respects all religions and added that such rhetoric does not become a democratic country. I could hear her tone as she raised her eyebrows and waved her index finger menacingly. The Muslim Brotherhood could not afford to upset their ally, thus Mursi declared “courageously” that his words, said following the Israeli aggression on the Gaza strip, were taken out of context and stressed his full respect for all religions and for freedom of faith as was made clear in the presidential statement issued following the president’s meeting with a Congress delegation headed by Senator John McCain.
The Washington-based Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), which dug up the interview Mursi made with al-Quds channel and which contained the controversial remarks, seemed to have been offended when Mursi said his words were taken out of context, a response that questions the institute’s credibility, so it decided to post another video in which the president echoes the same views.
I am calling upon the person who made them to courageously admit either the real stance he [Mursi] and the Muslim Brotherhood and their followers adopt or how mistaken they had been for all those yearsAbdel Latif al-Menawy
Fellow journalist Osama Saber unearthed an article Mursi wrote on the Muslim Brotherhood’s official website on January 10, 2009, that is around 10 years before the controversial video, and in which he made similar remarks.
The article demonstrated that his use of the expression “offspring of apes and pigs” was not a matter of coincidence.
“People have to condemn Zionist brutality… and we tell Palestinians that we support them and that God has chosen them to protect al-Aqsa Mosque and to defend Islam and the Arab world against the Zionist herds, the offspring of apes and pigs.”