This Tuesday, the anniversary of what was quite possibly the most horrific act of violence on American soil, was met with another act of terrorism and violence against the United States Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. This targeted attack ended in the tragic death of ambassador J. Christopher Stevens.
Stevens spent most of his career in the Middle East and North Africa, including postings to Israel, Egypt, Syria and Saudi Arabia, in addition to serving as the deputy chief of the U.S. mission to Libya from 2007 to 2009, during the rule of Moammar Gadhafi, according to the State Department. Stevens worked to build relations between the U.S. and Gadhafi’s regime, and then went back in 2011 when rebels began to take up arms against the dictator. By all accounts, Stevens was well respected and well liked by the Libyan people and everyone else he came in contact with.
Fighters involved in the assault who were interviewed during the battle claimed “they were moved to attack the mission by anger over a 14-minute, American-made video that depicted the Prophet Muhammad, Islam’s founder, as a villainous, homosexual and child-molesting buffoon.” The video which aired in the United States 2 months ago was just translated into Arabic and found its way to the middle east 8 days ago.
Benghazi has been a country riddled with guns, violence, and a string of assassinations. Fathi Baja, a Libyan politician, explains the situation saying, “This country is still in transition, and everybody knows the extremists are out there.” Investigators say that it is to early to tell if this attack also had something to do with the anniversary of 9/11. In response to the attack President Obama promised to bring the assailants to justice and ordered tighter security at all American diplomatic installations. The administration also sent 50 Marines to the Libyan capital, Tripoli, to help with security at the American Embassy.
How do you think the Obama Administration should deal with such a violent and targeted attack? Will this event change the level of security we will place on our international embassy’s?