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posted by E.J. in Politics

Islamic Insanity or Terrorism in Libya?

September 22, 2012

For those who see the recent attacks on embassies in the Muslim world as proof of a failed foreign policy or of Islamic insanity, please read the link below from The New York Times today. Things aren’t always what they may seem.

“The Obama administration has been careful about publicly assigning blame in the death of Mr. Stevens and the others until law enforcement officials, including the F.B.I., know more. But the administration has begun to call the killings a “terrorist attack.” “

“Galvanized by anger over the killing of the popular American ambassador here last week, thousands of Libyans marched through this city on Friday, demanding the disarming of the militias that helped topple the dictatorship but have troubled the country with their refusal to disband. “

“The killing of the ambassador, J. Christopher Stevens, a well-liked figure in Benghazi because he had worked closely with the rebels who toppled Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi last year, appeared to be the catalyst for the protests on Friday, though hardly its only cause.”

“Some held signs reading “The ambassador was Libya’s friend” and “Libya lost a friend.” Many protesters carried Libyan flags, and government police officers could be seen mingling with the marchers.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/22/world/africa/pro-american-libyans-besi...

The very positive association with the US embassy in Libya could be why no extraordinary security measures were taken. Only time will tell how the Obama Administration’s policies in the Middle East will play out, but I believe the hope for Democracy there has been worth the involvement of the United States. A continuation of these policies at this critical time is very much needed. To make changes could very well alter the winds of change.

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