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Muslims Didn’t Kill U.S. Diplomats in Benghazi

First came anger. Anger at the images of the burning consulate. Anger at the senseless loss of life, at those who rioted, and the few who killed. On the anniversary of Sept. 11th that brought tragedy to so many, now more Americans were caught in the crossfire of a fight that never ended.

Then came questions. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton in her address to the nation asked “how could this happen in a country we helped liberate, in a city we helped save from destruction?”

Unfortunately anti-American sentiment never died with Gaddafi. An active terrorist training camp operated freely nearby. A bomb and note were left outside the Consulate back in July and a British diplomatic convoy had been attacked. The extremist flame has yet to be extinguished.

Finally the blame. It would be all too natural to say that Muslims were the cause of this senseless tragedy. After all, the killings are often “in the name of” Islam. Attackers yell “Allah hoo-akbar” (God is great), though Sunnis and Shia, both Muslim, yell the same when they kill each other. Muslims didn’t kill U.S. diplomats in Benghazi on 9/11, 2012, terrorists did. Those who call to the divine in the support of violence live furthest from the true foundations of their own religion, whether a Wisconsin murderer of Sikhs, a Norweigan fascist or extremists in Benghazi.

New images are now appearing of Libyans with signs expressing their sorrow at what happened. We can only hope they continue to come out in greater numbers to support the new Libya — their Libya — liberated by their own sacrifices to create a country free of the violence and fear of Gaddafi’s reign of terror and the radical groups now festering within their borders.

Americans too have now sacrificed their lives for the new Libya. Mourning has begun for the families who lost so much. The fallen diplomats went to Libya to do a job that few would undertake in conditions that most would never tolerate. Let’s hope that the majority of Libyans, who aren’t terrorists, continue the fight against those bent on depriving them of the liberty they fought so hard to win in the first place.

In memorium:

 

Photos: Mustafa El-Shridi and http://imgur.com/a/tlCyI

Brian • September 13, 2012


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  1. jimmy scither September 14, 2012 - 8:48 am

    “Muslims didn’t kill U.S. diplomats in Benghazi on 9/11, 2012, terrorists did”. Absolute nonsense- you are suggesting that religious people are incapable of committing these horrific acts because as soon as they do, they cease being religious people and become “terrorists”. Bill O’Reilly from Fox News used the same ridiculous explanation to argue that Anders Behring Breivik was a christian right up until the point he began to massacre children, and then became a “terrorist”.
    It seems painfully self evident that being a religious person, of whatever stripe, and being a terrorist are not mutually exclusive.

  2. Ron Conlin September 14, 2012 - 4:10 pm

    Religious fanaticism that invokes the name of God under any faiths umbrella as they perpetrate violence is a just an excuse for thugs, terrorists and criminal minds to justify their actions. In this case it was Muslim fanatics that used their faith as an excuse for terrorism.

  3. Tim Underhill September 15, 2012 - 7:15 am

    Those that carry out atrocities in the name of their religion (whatever religion) lose their religion in the eyes of God and mankind; they cease to be Muslims, Christians, Jews, Hindus, Sikhs etc. They were the IRA, not Catholics in Northern Ireland. they were probably some Al Qaeda ‘franchise’, not Muslims in Libya. In short, they were Atheist thugs undeserving membership of any religion, let alone Islam.

  4. Michael Arielli October 5, 2012 - 3:07 pm

    Of course they are Muslims.

    I am sick and tired of people aspiring to what people “should be” in order to lend reason to the discussion. Let me tell you that these people, the attackers, are Muslims. They may certainly be terrorists as well, but they are most definitely Muslims. The young Arab men sent out to die in these attacks do not go because they are terrorists, they go out because they are Muslims. They muster their courage to fight because they are Muslims. They are fighting with the genuine belief that their actions are protecting Islam.

    These men are mostly young and uneducated.

    The leaders of these men, however, are not Muslims. These leaders claim Islam as a rule of divine right. They knowingly and shamelessly lie to the uneducated masses in order to achieve their objectives. This by the way is nothing new. Organized religion has been used in this fashion since time immemorial. The Western world has experienced this for hundreds if not thousands of years. Chinese civilization has experienced this for thousands of years as well.

    Though, we must really ask ourselves what should be done here. Should we just keep being apologetic and say “no, it’s not Islam. Islam is good.” Or should we really be saying “Yes, the problem is Islam in its current organized religious form, and we need accountability (and help) from the Imams who have the power to win the hearts and minds of their populations.”

  5. Ipank October 19, 2012 - 5:22 am

    to be largest tribe cleamid as Gaddafi afiliated by western experts, centuries ago (i.e before Libya was a state) many moved East there are literally 100s of 1000s of people with Werfalla as last name in Derna, Benghazi, Bayda..etc + also in Misrata in the West. Werfalla last name infact disproportionatly represented among dead of 1996 prison massacre around 200 of 1200 my aunt is a biochemist and her colleague was one of those killed his family only found out in 2002 used to send prison money + food their children couldn’t afford to eat during harsh days of sanctions. Many of the student imprisoned and hanged in Tripoli and Benghazi Universities were also from Werfalla tribe though Libyans did not organise politicallly on tribal basis even in 1970s they were hanged for protesting against cancelled student union elections+ abolished parliament and constitution. One of Werfalla leaders anounced on TV tribe with revolution in the first week others on Gaddafi TV swearing loyalty but are people from every tibe East and West doing that, their credibility might be hurt by their other claims. e.g Benghazi man claiming to represent his city also claims 4 earthquakes hit US and unkown number hit France to punish coalition+ promising audience Qatar will soon be wiped of the map by God’s will. TNC has many from Werfalla e.g Mahmud Jibril (Alwerfalli is his full name) + many of the oppostion spokespeople on Arabic media. Yet to prove cities vs. tribes Werfalla hometown Bin Walid (not were majority live) is stil under Gaddafi control, a lot of its men in the military like cities of Tarhuna and Tajora have taken part in attacks against nearby Misrata (have also heard of men escaping Zliten and military cities of BIn Walid+Tajura to fight with Misrata+soldiers protecting families from mercs/soldiers+from names of Misrata fighters who died many are originally Werfalla tribe’ but Misrata residents city vs tribe again if Misrata was under G contol and a military vs trading city its men could be forced to fight Libyans). This does not mean even Bin Walid city is proG, in 1993 Bin Walid was severly punished for a coup attempt by military officers who came from the city, families were then forced to celebrate their hanging. In this revolution there were demonstrations video taped though like Tripoli as heavy military and security meant not even free for a few days. Now there are sabotage attacks on e.g fuel y revolutionaries frm Bin Walid.

  6. Aman October 19, 2012 - 5:58 pm

    I was wondering how they thuohgt they could pull that off as astute as the people who maintain the internet and idealism realm of this revolution have show themselves to be. It’s exploitative nonsense. Sarkozy is indulging it because he knows it will be confronted, and he doesn’t hve to. He maintains his financial support amongst a certain group at home, and he knows for damned certain that this Levy guy just wants a photo op, because he isn’t introducing that subtly exploitative methoology ito this equation, not with this level of matyrdom. This is a big woo and whatever. I’ve been less involved, but that is not from boredom or frustration. Even before my personal tragedy, I came to the realization that there was not a stalemate, but a forced hold. The moneymen of the west have not and apparently will not accept the idea of losing ther investment in Gaddaffi What are you going to do. Sit back and watch them do weak, ineffectual shyyyttttt like this. Viva la France .Stay your course, and make him get the signaturesof 151 tribal representatives. Give him a Camel. Keep up the good work. Stay constant to the original purpose, an make you holler clear and loud to media outlets about any and all troop movement and Gaddaffi activity.The media is cleary on your side now. Gaddaffi will implode. The west in its common schizophrenia is still holding him up. Watch for Levy trying to cut side deals with various Tribal reps, ect .You know how it goes .If Gaddaffi taught anything from an informed perspective, it was the Jewish business machinations. Did he say Genies. He thinks he’s fu-cking with Ali Baba, unhh. You volley these silly games ad nauseum, just like Henry the fifth, and as the consumer confidence falls worldwide in their ablity to whomsoever might be the new leadersip of Libya, they will call on their innumerable informants who still remain inside Gaddaff’s domain, and they will make him go away. Keep your propaganda on high and detailed. You do not want the worldwide inaffection with regime tyranny to subside I’ll be riding with you for the rest of the day. Take a good look. Where do you want to drop them .

  7. Raj October 20, 2012 - 1:00 am

    It’s clear that this mainly coisnsts of those who can actually communicate with the outside. There are none of the many Tamizegh [Berber] tribes on the list simply because their elders and representatives cannot get through to Benghazi. These groups have Ait or Ind as their prefixes or instead of Al they use the glottal A’ . They are amongst the most numerous of the tribes and sub-tribes that make up the 300 you assert exist (you are counting sub-tribes and clans within them). It’s clear that they would sign the document but are simply trapped in the Nafousa mountains. In addition many Libyans no longer count themselves amongst tribal units, since these are mainly rural organizing structures and they have urbanized.

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