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U.S. Consulate in Libya Attacked

Four staff members, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya, killed

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The U.S. Consulate in Benghazi Following An Attack on Tuesday Night(Reuters)

Many of us are waking up to the news of the disgusting attack on the United States Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, which took the life of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three of his staff members.

Anyone who has read Stevens’ bio (or watched this heartbreaking video of him speaking optimistically about the future of Libya as he embarked on his assignment there) can see that Stevens was both faithfully and energetically committed to helping Libya stabilize in the months following its successful revolution against Muammar Gaddafi. In fact, Stevens boasted about the American role in helping the country rid itself of the bizarre tyranny that Gaddafi imposed. From Foreign Policy:

Stevens, a career Foreign Service officer who had previously served across the Middle East, had been the point person for U.S. diplomatic efforts during last year’s war to topple Muammar al-Qaddafi. After NATO’s establishment of a no-fly zone, he based himself in Benghazi, where he worked to unite the country’s disparate rebel groups under the Transitional National Council.

It is a tragic irony that the U.S. diplomat who had done so much to free Benghazi from the grip of a dictator that it despised would die at the hands of that city’s residents only months later, in a spasm of religion-fueled hatred.

The cause of the attack is now the subject of debate across the early-rising commentariat. As in Cairo, where the U.S. embassy was also stormed by a mob yesterday, a film mocking the Islamic prophet Muhammed, a film, which was promoted by the Koran-torching pastor Terry Jones, has been declared the culprit. Another point of intrigue here is that the filmmaker is an Israeli Jew, who in the wake of the attacks, has reportedly gone into hiding.

Afghani President Hamid Karzai who condemned the film as an “insult” and a “desecrating act,” is among the many blaming the film and, implicitly, the right of free speech that guaranteed its creation.

Other official statements were more measured and sane:

In a message on Twitter, Deputy Prime Minister Mustafa Abu Shagur of Libya said on Wednesday that he condemned “the cowardly act of attacking the U.S. consulate and the killing of Mr. Stevens and the other diplomats.”

President Obama offered this:

“While the United States rejects efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others, we must all unequivocally oppose the kind of senseless violence that took the lives of these public servants,” Mr. Obama said, calling Mr. Stevens “a courageous and exemplary representative of the United States” who had “selflessly served our country and the Libyan people at our mission in Benghazi” and, as ambassador, “supported Libya’s transition to democracy.”

“The brave Americans we lost represent the extraordinary service and sacrifices that our civilians make every day around the globe. As we stand united with their families, let us now redouble our own efforts to carry their work forward.”

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton added this:

“All the Americans we lost in yesterday’s attacks made the ultimate sacrifice. We condemn this vicious and violent attack that took their lives, which they had committed to helping the Libyan people reach for a better future.”

We’ll have more as the story develops.

U.S. Envoy to Libya Is Killed in Attack [NYT]
Afghan Leader Rips Film Tied to Libya Attack [LAT]

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Baba Wawa says:

When did attacking a US embassy and murdering Americans stop being an attack on America? They invaded sovereign US territory, for what? A movie they’ve never seen? Let me get this straight – Muslims can make movies about how Jews eat the blood of non-Jews, and call non-Muslims disgusting names and threaten to kill them. But their beliefs are off limits? The issue here is free speech. I may not always like what is said, but the right to say it has to be respected. Enough of this crap.

Hi Baba Wawa, while I absolutely agree with you, I would like to know where the U.S. Marine guards who usually protect our diplomats where?

Pam Green says:

Obama has fomented this violence by putting the extremists in charge in Libya and funding the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. Obama’s policies have empowered the Islamist fundamentalists, endangering Israel and now America. Will this persuade Obama’s supporters, including so many Jews on this website, to stop defending him? How can any Jew vote for Obama this November? What will it take for Jewish Democrats to see that the Democratic Party is no longer what it used to be?

The excuse used in support of Obama is that he is the candidate of the 99%. This is irrational. Obama did nothing to help ordinary people in this country. He stuffed his Cabinet with the same people who brought down the economy. He bailed out the banks, no strings attached. He did not prosecute a single banker for fraud. He shut down the Occupy movement with violence. He allowed millions of Americans to become homeless even though the foreclosure process was proved to be fraudulent, and, at the same time, cut funding to homeless shelters. He busted the auto union, and every other union in this country. He took away the right of collective bargaining. He prosecuted more whistleblowers at the FDA, State Department and other government agencies than all other presidents combined. He fought to end aid to Israel (yes, he did) while defending the right of mosques to raise tax-free money for Hamas. He signed executive orders like the NDAA giving himself dictatorial powers. He renewed the Patriot Act and tried to make it permanent.

The pro-Obama commenters on Tablet have no answers to these arguments. Read their posts. All they do is attack anyone who dares criticize their false messiah. I’ve been called racist, sick, dangerous, deranged, un-American, a rabid ideologue, a disgrace to “all that Judaism stands for” and many other insulting epithets. I’m shocked by the fanatical loyalty of Jewish Democrats for Obama and how low they will stoop to promote him. Will they come to their senses before November? Do they really not understand what it means when every political commentator and media outlet calls this election the most important since the 1930s?

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