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Mohammed Morsi, President of Egypt

Mohammed Morsi, President of Egypt

Rabbi Abraham Cooper is associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center; Dr. Harold Brackman, a historian, is a consultant to the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

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Mohammed Morsi, President of Egypt

If there were an Olympics for lying, the winner of this year’s gold medal for prevarication would be Egypt’s president, Mohammed Morsi.

Of course heads of state lie, but rarely do they display it with such chutzpah. The recent sleight-of-hand involving a president-to-president exchange would shock even cynics.

Who can forget the Danish cartoon controversy ignited by an image of a wild-eyed Muhammad with a lighted dynamite stick protruding from his turban? Even those who decried the global overreaction – cynically exploited by Mideast demagogues whose stock-and-trade is defaming Christians and Jews – understood why decent Muslims of all stripes were offended.

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