UPDATE#1 (09/12/12): The U.S. ambassador killed in Benghazi embassy attack identified as Christopher Stevens.
The hatred of America in the Middle East came to a boiling point on the anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terror attacks with U.S. embassies in Libya and Egypt being stormed, leaving an American worker dead. This all reportedly stems from a YouTube video purported to have been made by Sam Bacile [Sam Bassiel] and promoted by an expatriate Egyptian Copt, BBC reports. Another video, made by Pastor Terry Jones, who threatened to burn the Koran in 2010 (actually did carry that out), is figuring quite prominently in this mess. Reuters reports:
Although it was not clear which film prompted the protests, Egypt’s prestigious Al-Azhar mosque and seat of Sunni learning condemned on Tuesday a symbolic “trial” of the Prophet organized by a U.S. group including Terry Jones, a Christian pastor who triggered riots in Afghanistan in 2010 by threatening to burn the Koran.
According to the website www.standupamericanow.org, Jones and others were due to take part in an event on Tuesday – the anniversary of the September 11 attacks by al Qaeda on U.S. cities – called “International Judge Mohammad Day” in Florida. It was due to be carried live on the Internet. Some activists had mentioned Jones in calls for a protest.
Another right wing evangelical trying to force his views on the world. They ought to literally throw Terry Jones to the wolves and let him talk tough in the lion’s den. It’s very hypocritical for the Romney campaign, without having all the facts about what really transpired to blame President Obama for a statement issued by the U.S. embassy in Cairo, which seemed to have offered an apology to the Muslims for the insult of prophet Mohammad. The reality is that Mitt Romney should also condemn the actions of Terry Jones and Sam Bacile to insight violence. Of course, these are the right wing fanatics he’s hanging out with — Pat Robertson, Bryan Fischer and Terry Jones, who hung an effigy of President Obama and buried him. I don’t recall hearing any Republicans condemning his actions.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton strongly condemned the protests that led to the death of an American diplomat. She also said the protests may spread and she is working with partner countries to secure U.S. embassies overseas. Here’s a great explanation of the U.S. embassy’s response, as well as Mitt Romney spewing venom for political gain before learning all the facts:
Earlier today, officials at the U.S. Embassy in Egypt issued a statement that “condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims — as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions.” The embassy said the statement was drafted and released before the protests. But the succession of events drew widespread criticism in the United States after violence broke out for appearing weak in the face of threats.
The embassy later said on its Twitter account that it “still stands” by its condemnation but decried the breach of its compound. But a senior White House official insisted to Politico that the initial statement was never cleared by Washington and disavowed its content. The embassy’s account deleted its post-attack tweet standing by its words late Tuesday night as well as earlier tweets quoting the original statement. TPM caught a screengrab. Others arehere.
“Some have sought to justify this vicious behavior as a response to inflammatory material posted on the Internet,” the statement read. “The United States deplores any intentional effort to denigrate the religious beliefs of others. Our commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the very beginning of our nation. But let me be clear: There is never any justification for violent acts of this kind.” Source: Talking Points Memo
As usual RNC chairman Reince Priebus couldn’t help but pounce on the protests, sinking to a new low by saying Obama is siding with protesters, as an American diplomat was killed and from the mere fact that the embassy said they sent the first statement without White House approval. Here’s his tweet:
Obama sympathizes with attackers in Egypt.Sad and pathetic.
— Reince Priebus (@Reince) September 12, 2012