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U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, Three Aides Killed in Libya

The U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens (pictured), and three American members of his staff were killed in an attack on the U.S. consulate in the eastern city of Benghazi inspired by anger over a film posted on YouTube and promoted by Florida pastor Terry Jones:

StevensJones showed the trailer for the film, which disparages the life of the Prophet Mohammed and his followers, on Tuesday during what he called, "International Judge Mohammad Day."

"Reports say the film depicts Muhammad and Islam’s other founders as womanizers, child molesters and homosexuals," according to the Wisconsin Gazette.

Graphic photos (warning) of what appears to be Ambassador Stevens after the attack were released by AFP.

President Obama released a statement:

I strongly condemn the outrageous attack on our diplomatic facility in Benghazi, which took the lives of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. Right now, the American people have the families of those we lost in our thoughts and prayers. They exemplified America's commitment to freedom, justice, and partnership with nations and people around the globe, and stand in stark contrast to those who callously took their lives.
I have directed my Administration to provide all necessary resources to support the security of our personnel in Libya, and to increase security at our diplomatic posts around the globe. 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.
On a personal note, Chris was a courageous and exemplary representative of the United States. Throughout the Libyan revolution, he selflessly served our country and the Libyan people at our mission in Benghazi. As Ambassador in Tripoli, he has supported Libya's transition to democracy. His legacy will endure wherever human beings reach for liberty and justice. I am profoundly grateful for his service to my Administration, and deeply saddened by this loss.
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.

As did Secretary of State Clinton:

I condemn in the strongest terms the attack on our mission in Benghazi today. As we work to secure our personnel and facilities, we have confirmed that one of our State Department officers was killed. We are heartbroken by this terrible loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and those who have suffered in this attack.

This evening, I called Libyan President Magariaf to coordinate additional support to protect Americans in Libya. President Magariaf expressed his condemnation and condolences and pledged his government's full cooperation.

Some have sought to justify this vicious behavior as a response to inflammatory material posted on the Internet. 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.

In light of the events of today, the United States government is working with partner countries around the world to protect our personnel, our missions, and American citizens worldwide.

RomneyMitt Romney launched a political attack on Obama:

“I'm outraged by the attacks on American diplomatic missions in Libya and Egypt and by the death of an American consulate worker in Benghazi," said Romney in the statement, which the campaign initially embargoed for midnight, which was when the 9/11 anniversary would have ended, and was sent out a short time ago (this was one of the sharper statements of the day, although as I noted earlier, the anniversary was hardly devoid of politics by both Democrats and the Obama campaign, and Republicans, before this).

"It's disgraceful that the Obama Administration's first response was not to condemn attacks on our diplomatic missions, but to sympathize with those who waged the attacks,” Romney added.

The Obama campaign responded:

“We are shocked that, at a time when the United States of America is confronting the tragic death of one of our diplomatic officers in Libya, Governor Romney would choose to launch a political attack.”

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  1. And, oh yeah: Romney is a POS.

    Posted by: Mikemike | Sep 12, 2012 1:06:08 PM

  2. Terry Jones is a bigot and an idiot, but I'm not going to blame him for the actions of crazy people who would go on a killing spree because of a movie.

    Those people have a strange sense of logic, as does Mitt Romney, who would rather pander to birthers at a time like this, instead of actually reacting to what the President said, or commenting on the killings, and the lives that were lost.

    Posted by: cadence | Sep 12, 2012 1:07:06 PM

  3. So a radical Christian pisses off a bunch of radical Muslims, and they decide the best way to solve the problem is to kill some people who had NOTHING to do with the radical Christians. *facepalm*

    Posted by: FuryOfFirestorm | Sep 12, 2012 1:07:50 PM

  4. The commenter above describes Terry Jones as an "evangelical." That's absurd. He is normally described as a "fundamentalist." Evangelicals do not burn Korans or any other religious materials. Rather, we often study the materials of other religions so that we can find ways to introduce them to Christ. No, don't whitewash evangelicalism and falsely accuse us for anti-Muslim movies and their backlash.

    Posted by: D Gwinn | Sep 12, 2012 1:11:27 PM

  5. In other words, Gwinn, people like you are part of the problem. It doesn't matter what sect you are, you are contributing to the problem. The problem is religious influence, period. It is what sparked this atrocity, and its elimination is the only solution to problems like this.

    Before you say anything, I mean all religious influence, including Islamic. They have proven themselves bloodthirsty enough to not need provocation to kill innocents, just like you Christians.

    Posted by: Aulton | Sep 12, 2012 1:19:25 PM

  6. Terry Jones is a pig, but the parties to blame here are the ones who did the killing. If you would kill an uninvolved stranger because of a movie on YouTube, then you don't need much provocation to resort to violence, do you?

    Posted by: fedorajoe | Sep 12, 2012 1:24:21 PM

  7. Aulton, you are the one who is acting like an extremist. Common sense should tell you that people who share the same Religion aren't going to think exactly alike or do the same things.

    Posted by: cadence | Sep 12, 2012 1:48:23 PM

  8. And yet those who dissent seem to be unable (or perhaps even unwilling) to keep their harmful elements in check. Therefore they are part of the problem. What does it matter if they think the same or not if they refuse to stop those who harm innocents? You are also part of the problem for trying to excuse their behavior, for defending the indefensible.

    Posted by: Aulton | Sep 12, 2012 1:58:53 PM

  9. Its too bad that those offended don't seem to understand that most of the US find the bile spewed by hateful "pastors" like Jones.

    Why kill diplomats who have NOTHING to do with the offense. I don't get that mindset. If you have to go after someone - track down the director in hiding or go after the guy promoting "Judge Mohammed Day?"

    Posted by: fanboi | Sep 12, 2012 2:06:10 PM

  10. Romney needs to TONE IT DOWN.

    Israel and individual Israelis need to stay the phuk out of American politics and the Nov. American election. Of course they won't.

    The Middle East is a clusterphuk. There can be no good outcome, the hate is just too strong and entrenched. Israel will eventually have to resort to using nukes and that will be a disaster of the whole planet.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Sep 12, 2012 2:55:39 PM

  11. Strong argument for athiesm?? really. Don't you know that athiests have caused more deaths this century than religious wars (which I term loosely). These Marxists/Communists have murdered scores of victims in both world wars, Viet Nam. Islam is just another truly lousey invention, concocted by Mohammed who didn't have a clue about any religion because he coveted $$ pouring into Medina during their religious pilgramages. And, there is a hell even if atheisms scoff at the notion.

    Posted by: Linda | Sep 13, 2012 3:58:56 AM

  12. since when does Mitt need to have comments rooted in any sort of reality to say them? Remember, they're going full-on Goebbels for this election, saying anything they want and jsut repeating it enough that people think it's true.

    and BTW is romney getting ready to sing bohemian rhapsody? What is up with that picture?

    Posted by: MaddM@@ | Sep 13, 2012 7:55:46 AM

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