The reason: The Muslims were blaming America for a film they said insulted their Prophet Mohammad.
“It was supposed to be a secret place and we were surprised the armed groups knew about it. There was shooting,” Sharif said. Two U.S. personnel were killed there, he said. Two other people were killed at the main consular building and between 12 and 17 wounded.
There are concerns that more such Muslim attacks against Americans in volatile Libya will continue to take place.
The reason? Because of a movie which has been described as an “amateurish film” promoted by Florida pastor Terry Jones, who had previously caused an uproar in the Muslim world in 2010 when he talked of burning a Koran.
Muslims believe it is blasphemous to depict their Prophet in print–and they believe death is the price. They proved this in 2006 after a Danish newspaper depicted Mohammad as a cartoon, resulting in riots and 50 deaths throughout the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
And now, once again, Muslims have brutally murdered Americans in retaliation for a movie.
Barack Obama, whose administration supported the Libyan insurgency with funds, weapons and training, has called the killing an “outrageous attack” and ordered increased security at U.S. diplomatic posts worldwide. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the attack was the work of a “small and savage group” not the government or people of Libya.
According to a witness, there was security in the embassy “but when the hand-made bombs went off they ran off and left.” The witness said he saw an ash-covered American die in front of him.
The attack was believed to have been carried out by a Sunni Islamist group. Witnesses said the mob also included tribesmen, militia and other gunmen.
The witness said, “The protesters were running around the compound just looking for Americans, they just wanted to find an American so they could catch one.”
Benghazi residents reportedly argued among themselves about whether the attack was right or wrong.
One man, walked by and simply said: “We showed the Italians in 2006 and now the Americans saw what we did.” He was referring to the storming of the Italian embassy over a perceived insult to Islam.
Afghanistan shut down the YouTube site so Afghans would not be able to see the film.
Ambassador Stevens grew up in California, graduated from Berkeley and worked in North Africa as a Peace Corps volunteer. He taught English in Morocco before joining the foreign service where he worked in the Middle East and North Africa.
And now the Islamists who took over Egypt are beginning to protest, burning American flags in protest against the film. “We sacrificed dozens and hundreds during the uprising for our dignity. The Prophet’s dignity is more important to us and we are ready to sacrifice millions,” said mosque preacher Mohamed Abu Gabal who joined the protest.
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