In the wake of its call for the arrest of an American pastor,
former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton believes
Egypt is no longer a trusted American ally.
Egypt has issued an arrest warrant for seven Egyptians and an
American pastor for their participation in making a recent
controversial anti-Islam film. According to the BBC, Egypt's public
prosecutor maintains seven Coptic Christians -- one woman and seven
men -- and Florida pastor Terry Jones will be tried by a criminal
court on charges of "insulting the Islamic religion, insulting the
prophet, and inciting sectarian strife" in the "Innocence of
Muslims" film made in California.
The filmmaker is also known for angering Muslims in 2010 by
threatening to burn the Koran.
John Bolton, senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and former U.S.
ambassador to the United Nations, said he is not surprised at the
aggressive posturing of Egypt's new Islamist president, Mohamed
"He's replaced some of the top defense officials with Muslim
Brotherhood sympathizers," notes the ambassador. "I think people
are surprised at how aggressive Morsi has been."
Bolton asserts a recent change of power throughout the Arab
nations is not necessarily an improvement over previous
"So when you hear people talk in this country or in Europe about
the success of the 'Arab Spring,' that all sounds very good," he
tells OneNewsNow. "But if you ask the people who are living under
the prospect of rule by the Muslim Brotherhood, they're
demonstrating what they think of it -- and I'm very, very worried
about the direction Egypt's going in."
Egyptian officials have urged the U.S. government to take legal
steps against those who they believe insulted the Muslim religion.
If convicted, those for whom arrest warrants were issued could face
the death penalty.
In response to the anti-American protests spreading in the
Muslim world, President Obama stated last week while the U.S. would
not consider Egypt an ally, "we don't consider them an enemy."