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America’s Libyan Ambassador Murdered

Posted by Steve Markowitz on September 12, 2012

The New York Times reported that US Libyan ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were murdered during an attack on the American consulate in Benghazi.  This was the first killing of an American ambassador in over 20 years.

The Times reported that the Libyan attack was in response to an amateur YouTube video that some Muslims found offensive to their religious beliefs.  In addition, Egyptian protesters stormed the American embassy in Cairo.

In responding to the attacks President Obama said: “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.”  Once again by starting a condemnation with equivocation, the President has shown to be naïve when it comes to understanding Islamic-based violence perpetrated against those who do not adhere to their religious beliefs.

It should be evident that fundamentalist and radical Islamist beliefs are incompatible with free Western society.  This reality was once again demonstrated by comments by Egyptian president and Muslim Brotherhood member Mohamed Morsi who while condemning the killing of the Libyan ambassador, also equivocated calling on the United States to prosecute the people who created the video.

Morsi’s comments are a veiled call for Sharia law in the United States.  Instead of apologizing for some amateur video, President Obama should unequivocally state that under our Constitution, free speech, no matter how distasteful, is an inalienable right that will never be curtailed.

During his run for the presidency Barack Obama claimed that many of America’s foreign policy challengers were created by his predecessors, ignoring the reality of different interests and beliefs between cultures and countries.  One of his first steps after the election was to go on an apology tour to Europe and Egypt.  When deciding to intervene in Libya to assist the rebels, the President took an approach of leading from behind.  It is clear that the new approach has not protected American interests and a reevaluation is in order.


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