So much news breaking today from the Middle East where the US Ambassador to Libya has been murdered by a mob of gunman who stormed the embassy. This follows the attack in Egypt where the US Embassy was invaded, the American flag destroyed and the al-Qaeda flag raised in its place.

Report from USAToday:

CAIRO — Days of planning and online promotion by hard-line Islamist leaders helped whip up the mobs that stormed the U.S. Embassy in Egypt and launched a deadly attack on the U.S. Embassy in Libya that killed an ambassador and three others.

As the U.S. tightened security worldwide at embassies and Libya’s president apologized for the attack, details emerged of how the violence began, according to experts who monitor Egyptian media.

Christopher Stevens, 52, the U.S. ambassador to Libya, was killed, along with three other Americans, on Tuesday night when a mob of protesters and gunmen stormed the embassy in the eastern city of Benghazi.

The killings there followed demonstrations in front of Cairo’s U.S. Embassy, where protesters tore down the U.S. flag and scaled the embassy’s wall.

The protest was planned by Salafists well before news circulated of an objectionable video ridiculing Islam’s prophet, Mohammed, said Eric Trager, an expert at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

The protest outside the U.S. Embassy in Cairo was announced Aug. 30 by Jamaa Islamiya, a State Department-designated terrorist group, to protest the ongoing imprisonment of its spiritual leader, Sheikh Omar abdel Rahman. He is serving a life sentence in the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center.

When the video started circulating, Nader Bakkar, the spokesman for the Egyptian Salafist Noor party, which holds about 25% of the seats in parliament, called on people to go to the embassy. He also called on non-Islamist soccer hooligans, known as Ultras, to join the protest.

First, the President and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton address the situation:


Next, Mitt Romney delivers remarks and takes questions:

Coincidence this happened on the 9/11 anniversary? Doubtful.

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  1. Reports that I’ve heard say that the 9/11 connection may have been a coincidence. The real catalyst of this attack was the “amateur movie” that is being promoted by Terry Jones, the “pastor” who caused more American deaths by his burning a Koran, in 2010.

    Jones is worse than bin Laden. Just as insanely, sickly, pathetically perverting religion. But worse–because bin Laden caused the deaths of people he hated. Jones is an American causing American deaths.

    We ought to revoke his citizenship. If he wants to spew hatred and cause anger, we ought to make him go over there and suffer the rage–instead of a dedicated and effective ambassador of the United States of America.

    • Just to play devil’s advocate here.

      Are you saying that Terry Jones’ speech is the equivalent of yelling “FIRE!” in a crowded theater, and thus, should be limited or punished in some way? Are the real perpetrators not the individuals who committed the murder?

      In this country, we put up with speech we disagree with all the time, are we drawing the line at Mohammed? What about Vishnu? Jesus? etc…

  2. I think “fire”-in-a-theatre is an apt comparison.

    First, you have to consider motive. What is Jones’ motive for doing outrageous acts? Is it to spread Christianity? Certainly not. Is it to further communication (much less understanding)? Certainly not.

    His motive is to enrage a specific group of people. And since he knows that we have OUR people there, who certainly will be targets of reprisals, how is this not conspiracy to murder?

    No, he didn’t “pull the trigger.” But neither does the husband who hires the hitman to kill his wife. Does that make the husband innocent? I think, in the eyes of the common man, the husband is MORE guilty than the hitman.

    If someone does something whose main purpose is to cause injury and death, then that person is not innocent.

  3. Oh,of course I do have to agree with you yet again! You seem to think my thoughts but can put them into words so much more elegantly!
    I just wish we did not have to this Jones any mention at all. For attention is what he seeks by the deeds he does.

    • Gee I don’t know, if we are indeed at war with Al Qaeda then Chris was a legitimate target. If it’s a police action then it’s murder. If it;s the internet, then they can put filters on it just like we do here in the USA as there are indeed thing that Americans just can’t handle. Our government always knows best and “what we say goes”

      • He’s almost always following a script. Obama’s most valuable asset as a politician is his ability to “sell” a speech, to seem like he’s not reading a script, to seem genuine and passionate, and to transfer that energy to his audience.

        But in this case he seemed dispassionate, like he didn’t really care.

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