Egyptian president now rambling about “Planet of the Apes” in foreign-policy interviews

posted at 6:51 pm on November 28, 2012 by Allahpundit

On the one hand, he’s nuts. On the other hand, using a tortured pop-culture metaphor for geopolitics suggests he’d make a fine blogger. Is “The Walking Dead” actually an elaborate metaphor for America’s looming fiscal collapse? Your answer to that question will tell you if you’re prepared for the logic bomb that’s about to be dropped on you. (Answer: Yes.)

He does seem to think that the remake of “Planet of the Apes” was terrible, which means he hasn’t lost touch with reality entirely:

We can cooperate, we can integrate. As much as we can. How can we do that? I think leaders in the world have a great responsibility in this. Human beings can live together.

I remember a movie. Which one? Planet of the Apes. The old version, not the new one. There is new one. Which is different. Not so good. It’s not expressing the reality as it was the first one. But at the end, I still remember, this is the conclusion: When the big monkey, he was head of the supreme court I think — in the movie! — and there was a big scientist working for him, cleaning things, has been chained there. And it was the planet of the apes after the destructive act of a big war, and atomic bombs and whatever in the movie. And the scientists was asking him to do something, this was 30 years ago: “Don’t forget you are a monkey.” He tells him, “don’t ask me about this dirty work,.” What did the big ape, the monkey say? He said, “you’re human, you did it [to] yourself. “That’s the conclusion. Can we do something better for ourselves?

I saw it 30 years ago. That is the role of the art. This is the very important role of art. Gone with the Wind has been treating social problems. Five in Hell. That was the Arabic title. Five Americans working behind German lines and they were using primitive military devices. I think it was Charles Bronson or something like that. My hard disk still carries a few things!

Wise words from an insane man. We’re in good hands here, I think. I wonder if Planet of the Apes’s lesson about not wrecking one’s civilization over political disputes came up when he was talking to Hamas or if that’s something he reserves for western magazine puff pieces about Egypt’s modern, Americanized Islamist leader. Looking forward to reading about his use of “Twilight” as a metaphor for Israeli/Palestinian relations in Newsweek.

Meanwhile, the power grab goes on:

A divisive panel boycotted by liberals and Christians was set to rush out a draft new Egyptian constitution as protests mounted over the political future nearly two years after Hosni Mubarak’s overthrow.

President Mohamed Morsi had just last week given the constituent assembly an additional two months until February to complete its work.

But as protests mounted over his decision to grant himself sweeping powers until the text is ratified in a referendum, the panel wrapped up its deliberations on Wednesday and readied for a vote on Thursday.

I assume Morsi was caught by surprise by the ferocity of the backlash to his “temporary” decree and now feels pressured to ram through the new Islamist constitution before the opposition gains more traction. Even if they pass it — and at the moment, it’s uncertain precisely what’s in it — it still has to be put to a popular referendum. But that’ll be messy too:

“Even if it’s approved tomorrow, there has to be a referendum on it. Victory is not guaranteed and a referendum will take at least a couple of weeks to organize. The supervisory commission to run it would be difficult to form, because it has to include senior judges who would likely boycott it, and judges are supposed to also be present at polling stations. All this points to a royal mess, a constitution that has no legitimacy among a big part of the public, and gives the opportunity to the Salafis — whose votes the Brothers now need to approve the latest draft — to introduce modifications to the text.”

So the final draft may be even more fundamentalist than it is now. That’s one mystery to watch; the other is how the Brotherhood will deal with the referendum. Will they cancel it outright on “security” grounds or let it happen and resort to old-fashioned Mubarak-era vote-rigging if the outcome isn’t what they’re hoping for? Remember the scene in Planet of the Apes where Charlton Heston seizes legislative power for himself and then commits electoral fraud to establish perpetual rule by fanatics?

I recommend following the link up top and reading all of the Time interview, if only for the flowery language he uses about democracy, justice, and freedom of expression. It makes a nifty companion piece to the news today that the filmmakers behind the Mohammed movie were sentenced to death in Egypt in absentia for blasphemy.


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So many jokes to be made here.

John_Locke on November 28, 2012 at 6:58 PM

King Obama is not particularly concerned about the madman now in charge of Egypt.

JPeterman on November 28, 2012 at 6:59 PM

Damn dirty Egyption.

Helen A Handbasquet on November 28, 2012 at 7:05 PM

Well, we finally found the perfect match for Maureen Dowd.

Bizarre pop culture references, political allusions, seventies movies….

Made for each other.

SteveMG on November 28, 2012 at 7:05 PM

Clearly the big apes are in charge

STL_Vet on November 28, 2012 at 7:06 PM

Love it when AP brings his A game.

mikeyboss on November 28, 2012 at 7:07 PM

My guess (hope?) is that he’s trying to throw in some Western symbols or cultural references to sort of impress us. See? He’s not some crazy anti-westerner. He watched Planet of the Apes!

Tom Friedman likes this sort of thing. So does MoDo.

SteveMG on November 28, 2012 at 7:08 PM

Remember the scene in Planet of the Apes where Charlton Heston seizes legislative power for himself and then commits electoral fraud to establish perpetual rule by fanatics?

Nah, that was from Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Lawdawg86 on November 28, 2012 at 7:09 PM

It is truly scary how much we’ve entered bizarro world around the globe.

rsherwd65 on November 28, 2012 at 7:12 PM

Life imitating art.

Maybe those Mayans were on to something.

jukin3 on November 28, 2012 at 7:13 PM

That didn’t sound crazy, though. It just sounded . . . blonde.

Axe on November 28, 2012 at 7:14 PM

Life imitating art.

jukin3 on November 28, 2012 at 7:13 PM

Reminds me of a Sacha Baron Cohen movie

STL_Vet on November 28, 2012 at 7:15 PM

Wow, I just read that interview. Rambling would be a charitable description.

If you read it backwards it would make more sense.

Hmm.

SteveMG on November 28, 2012 at 7:15 PM

Wouldn’t it be awesome for a reporter to ask Jay Carney about what Obamasite thought about Morsi’s remarks:

Reporter: Jay, what does President Obamasite think about Morsi’s reference to Planet of the Apes?

Carney: That is a racist question and I will ask you to be removed from the room.

rsherwd65 on November 28, 2012 at 7:16 PM

The Obama administration’s spending reminds me of speed.

Fezzik on November 28, 2012 at 7:17 PM

The part of the movie he really likes/relates too is the ending….

When the American finds the Statue of Liberty buried.

The favorite part of all dictators.

PappyD61 on November 28, 2012 at 7:19 PM

I remember a movie. Which one? Planet of the Apes.

Now if a Republican had said that…

… would it be racist?

/

Seven Percent Solution on November 28, 2012 at 7:19 PM

Morsi and Biden should have lunch.

IronDioPriest on November 28, 2012 at 7:20 PM

Well, he did attend USC… that explains a lot.

Hill60 on November 28, 2012 at 7:22 PM

Morsi seriously looks inbred..that is a major problem in some muslim countries

sadsushi on November 28, 2012 at 7:23 PM

Ironic.

No one needs to be shown the talking doll more than Arab Muslims.

The Imams know. And they know they’d lose everything is the masses heard the doll.

Ben Hur on November 28, 2012 at 7:23 PM

For those unfamiliar…..

MORSI weeps (with joy).

http://www.ballardian.com/hello-america-goodbye-liberty

PappyD61 on November 28, 2012 at 7:24 PM

Nothing an ipod with the whole series and $4 billion more won’t cure.

World peace,,, just around the corner./

wolly4321 on November 28, 2012 at 7:24 PM

And this has to rank atop the “You can’t just make this stuff up” moments.

rsherwd65 on November 28, 2012 at 7:25 PM

Hmmm. Five in Hell. I’ll have to look that one up; sounds good. Nothing like a good Charles Bronson movie when the world is going to hell in a handbasket.

Thanks AP. Please let us know when the next segment of Movie Time with Morsi comes up.

Between the leadership there and the leadership here in the US; we are in a lot of trouble.

melchitt on November 28, 2012 at 7:33 PM

Insane? Insanity is the inability to see the world as it is — to either be unable to live within it or unwilling to try to change it. You don’t get to lead a country post-revolution by lacking that ability. It is us who are insane if we don’t recognize what that country has become.

calbear on November 28, 2012 at 7:41 PM

If you read it backwards it would make more sense.

Hmm.

SteveMG on November 28, 2012 at 7:15 PM

If you read it into a tape recorder and play it backwards, it say’s “Paul is dead”.

Mimzey on November 28, 2012 at 7:42 PM

He has the wrong medium we can find prophetic words for Mr. Marsi in pop music.

All the old paintings on the tomb
They do the sand dance doncha know
If they move too quick (oh whey oh)
They’re falling down like a domino

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVrNV_5LhNE&feature=related

IlikedAUH2O on November 28, 2012 at 7:53 PM

Maybe those Mayans were on to something.

jukin3 on November 28, 2012 at 7:13 PM

That’s been my hope since three weeks ago tonight.

tru2tx on November 28, 2012 at 8:04 PM

Where to begin….

Would a muslim make an infidel doll that talks?

Take your stinking paws offa me, you [bleep] dirty jihadi!

That’s the forbidden zone. It’s called “Saudi Arabia”.

Bigfoot on November 28, 2012 at 8:05 PM

Egyptian president now rambling about “Planet of the Apes”

…(*here we go*)…oh!…I see he’s been talking to JugEars way too much!

KOOLAID2 on November 28, 2012 at 8:14 PM

I remember a movie. Which one? Planet of the Apes. The old version, not the new one. There is new one. Which is different. Not so good.

Well, at least I can agree with him on that.

Dr. ZhivBlago on November 28, 2012 at 8:18 PM

Damn! Now I understand why this whole Obama/leftist/radical/anti-american things bothers me so much. It’s planet of the damned apes in real life!

MikeA on November 28, 2012 at 8:52 PM

But I thought the Joos were monkeys in the koran?

Rixon on November 28, 2012 at 8:53 PM

You want their attention? Cut their funds to zero and you will get their attention. We have many, many Countries that hate our guts yet we fund them. Please explain the logic in this choice.

mixplix on November 28, 2012 at 9:33 PM

A divisive panel boycotted by liberals and Christians was set to rush out a draft new Egyptian constitution as protests mounted over the political future nearly two years after Hosni Mubarak’s overthrow.

What? Why does Obama not back his fellow liberals…oh wait, my fault “liberals” means something different in the Islamic world. If someone calls you “liberal” in the Islamic world it simply means you realize this is not the 7th century.

William Eaton on November 28, 2012 at 9:43 PM

I assume Morsi was caught by surprise by the ferocity of the backlash to his “temporary” decree and now feels pressured to ram through the new Islamist constitution before the opposition gains more traction.

It’s not “islamist”, it’s ISLAMIC!

VorDaj on November 28, 2012 at 10:02 PM

Looking forward to reading about his use of “Twilight” as a metaphor for Israeli/Palestinian relations in Newsweek.

So are you Team Benjamin or Team Mohamed?

rightConcept on November 28, 2012 at 10:06 PM

Follow-up question: What about Shreck 3?

socalcon on November 28, 2012 at 10:37 PM

“You must pass the new Islamic constitution to find out what’s in it.” Morsi aping(?) Pelosi. Let’s just hope that Obama doesn’t imitate Morsi.

Gladtobehere on November 28, 2012 at 11:55 PM

Morsi seriously looks inbred..that is a major problem in some muslim countries

sadsushi

In many middle easter/Islamic countries a marriage between first cousins is considered best. The practice has grown so large and been going on for so long that physical and mental defects are now well above normal in those regions.

By their fruits shall you know them.

Boogeyman on November 29, 2012 at 12:51 AM

While reading about Egypt’s new Mullah-In-Chief Morsi blathering about the old Planet of the Apes movie I couldn’t forget that the Islamofascists have a habit of referencing the infidel as “Apes & Pigs.”

I don’t think the fawning media understood the metaphor he was mockingly bestowing upon us all…

Also please note… the supposedly “striking” Egyptian courts condemned 8 Egyptian Christians to DEATH, in absentia, for the very youtube that Obama has imprisoned a man for producing. Will Barack Hussein Obama rendition… oops, I mean… extradite the youtuber for the Egyptians to execute?

Now reflect upon this pig of a 7th century Islamic supremacist lecturing us as his phoney courts condemn to death Christian for freedom of speech while Obama supports him.

DANEgerus on November 29, 2012 at 1:29 AM

Git yer filthy Sharia off me ya damned, dirty iIslamist!

profitsbeard on November 29, 2012 at 3:07 AM

“And”, Morsi explained, “At USC I learned that the monkeys were the sons of Apes and Pigs – Jooooooos. And the scientist in chains was the Kaffir Great Satan.”

CorporatePiggy on November 29, 2012 at 7:59 AM

No wonder Obama supports this guy.
Not only is he a power-hungry madman dictator, but he is also consumed by hollywood pop-culture and the belief that it holds the answers for what ails the world.

Sterling Holobyte on November 29, 2012 at 9:26 AM

He does seem to think that the remake of “Planet of the Apes” was terrible, which means he hasn’t lost touch with reality entirely.

Mr. Morsi has more on the ball than smug Roger Ebert, who condescends to approve the middle-brow original but gushes over the remake as a high-concept disappointment.

DGB

Damian Bennett on November 29, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Morsi is a graduate of USC and taught at CSU Northridge.

I thought sharing our way of life with fanatics was supposed to convert them??

PattyJ on November 29, 2012 at 11:42 AM