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This story is absolutely tragic, enraging, and outrageous.
From Fox News:
President Obama condemned the “outrageous and shocking” attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi that left the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans dead, as he and other officials vowed to “bring justice” to the killers while moving quickly to bolster security in Libya and at other diplomatic posts.
“Make no mistake. Justice will be done,” Obama said, speaking from the Rose Garden alongside Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Those who knew Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and the others killed expressed shock and grief Wednesday at the tragedy, which occurred on the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. Obama and Clinton both condemned the killers, while stressing that the U.S. bond with the Libyan government would not suffer as a result.
According to reports, angry protestors had showed up to the U.S.
embassy consulate in Benghazi as a result of this anti-Mohammed film “The Innocence of Muslims.” Who exactly is responsible for the film’s production is still somewhat of a mystery, though the film’s director “Sam Bacile,” a reportedly fake name, has gone into hiding. However one of its most vocal promoters is Pastor Terry Jones, of Koran burning fame. Here is the film’s trailer:
As you can see, this might be the most ridiculous film to protest in the history of films, let alone kill over. The thing has lower production quality, and worse acting, than a Kardashian sex tape. At least the Kardashians had the good sense to take a room tone in between takes.
Simply put, this film is garbage. Only an idiot would be offended by it…aaaand cue the uneducated extremists.
More from Fox News on Chris Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya killed in the attack.
Stevens was appointed as ambassador to Libya in May 2012.
He served as a special representative to the Libyan Transitional National Council during the revolution in 2011, and as the deputy chief of mission from 2007 to 2009. Originally from California, Stevens was an international trade lawyer before joining the Foreign Service in the early 1990s. He also served as a volunteer in the Peace Corps from 1983 to 1985, teaching English in Morocco.
As for the other three Americans killed in the attack, only one has been identified so far. That man is Sean Smith, a State Department employee for ten years and a husband and father of two. According to Buzzfeed, Smith was among other things, well known in the online gaming community under the name “Vile Rat.” When the attack occurred Smith was chatting with friends on the IM service Jabber. One of his friends recounted what happened:
He was on jabber when it happened, that’s the most fucked up thing. In Baghdad the same kind of thing happened – incoming sirens, he’d vanish, we’d freak out and he’d come back ok after a bit. This time he said ‘FUCK’ and ‘GUNFIRE’ and then disconnected and never returned.
This whole thing is a tragic story of unnecessary violence. Hopefully the extremists who attacked the embassy will be
brought to justice found by a group of pissed off Navy SEALs as soon as possible.
Here are pictures of the embassy after the attack, courtesy of Buzzfeed:
[via Fox News, Buzzfeed, Wikipedia, NY Daily News, NPR]