Horrific mob violence in Libya
The Kansas City Star
The attack on the U.S. embassy in Libya is incomprehensible. U.S. intervention saved the citizens of Benghazi from an almost certain massacre when Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi’s thugs were closing in, and a year later they launch a fatal attack because of hysteria over a video. There were also protests outside of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo.
This is for certain: People in those lands do not understand our freedoms, and we do not understand the mindset that drives a mob to murderous actions over a video. Yet the Arab Spring movement in Libya and elsewhere was about people claiming to want the kinds of freedoms that Americans take as a given.
On the other hand, the film in question, produced by a California real estate director, doesn’t sound like a particularly wise use of our freedoms. The New York Times today describes it as “amateurish,” with the trailer featuring “ cartoonish scenes depicting the Prophet Muhammad as a child of uncertain parentage, a buffoon, a womanizer, a homosexual, a child molester and a greedy, bloodthirsty thug.”
It sounds as though it was designed to offend Muslims. We certainly have that freedom, but it’s not a great way to use our time and talents.
Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other diplomats died trying to bridge a gulf among cultures and peoples. The headwinds were too strong. The events of last night are horrible.