12 September 2012

Secretary Clinton Responds to Benghazi Attacks

An attack on the American Consulate in Benghazi left 4 people dead. One of which was US Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens. Violent protests in Egypt and Libya were directed at Americans following the publication of a video that mocks the Muslim Prophet Mohammad, reports the New York Times.

Secretary of State Clinton recently issued a statement regarding the attacks. It reads as follows:
I condemn in the strongest terms the attack on our mission in Benghazi today.  As we work to secure our personnel and facilities, we have confirmed that one of our State Department officers was killed.  We are heartbroken by this terrible loss.  Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and those who have suffered in this attack. 
This evening, I called Libyan President Magariaf to coordinate additional support to protect Americans in Libya.  President Magariaf expressed his condemnation and condolences and pledged his government’s full cooperation. 
Some have sought to justify this vicious behavior as a response to inflammatory material posted on the Internet.  The United States deplores any intentional effort to denigrate the religious beliefs of others.  Our commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the very beginning of our nation.  But let me be clear:  There is never any justification for violent acts of this kind. 
In light of the events of today, the United States government is working with partner countries around the world to protect our personnel, our missions, and American citizens worldwide.