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GOP exploits extremist violence

Letter writer Al Eisner betrayed his political bias ("Libya attack a direct result of Obama foreign policy weakness," Sept. 16) when he characterized President's Barack Obama's Middle East foreign policy as "left-wing" and "weak" — the partisan talking point of the Republican Party.

Those who keep up with political comments from the Middle East know that the rioters constituted but a handful of extremists — in the mere hundreds. In Egypt, the young revolutionaries who overthrew Hosni Mubarak were noticeably absent from the demonstration.

A reporter for Al Jazeera in Cairo, Evan Hill, agreed on Twitter that the politics of the majority of protesters was mostly anti-police, rather than anti-U.S. The overwhelming majority of Libyans remain grateful for President Obama's help in liberating their country from Moammar Gadhafi.

Extremists in the Middle East (linked by the Internet) are seeking to undermine the new democracies and seize power by exploiting a despicable film the U.S. government had nothing to do with. Mr. Eisner plays into their hands.

It is sad that some seek to exploit the actions of a comparative handful of extremists in each Middle East country for partisan profit in the presidential campaign.

Neil P. Scott, Washington, D.C.

Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
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