I would like to offer a belated defence of Mr Ward: at least he’s not as bad as Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi.*
Evidence has recently emerged on Youtube of Morsi describing Jews as “bloodsuckers” and “descendants of apes and pigs” during his time as an opposition MP. Morsi now claims he was quoted out of context – he was referring to Israelis, okay!?! – a similarly lame excuse to that offered by apologists of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad over his pledge to ‘wipe Israel off the map’.
Alongside Morsi’s seizure of powers and other repressive measures, all the triumphalism surrounding the so-called Arab Spring – including utopian drivel that Facebook and Twitter somehow spurred on social revolutionaries – looks incredibly naive from the perspective of February 2013.
(*It could also be that Morsi is more up-front and honest…)