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Ambassador Steven’s Death Provoked by Jones?

12/09/2012

Libya, Middle East, News, Religion

Ayanna Nahmias, Editor-in-Chief
Last Modified: 13:29 PM EDT, 12 September 2012

U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, Photo Courtesy of the White House

U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens

BENGHAZI, Libya – This morning the White House confirmed that the California born U.S. ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens and four consular staffers were murdered during a mob attack on the consulate following the release of a video which denigrated the Prophet Mohammed.

Though it is unclear when and how the four diplomats died, it is surmised that they were rushed to a secret safe house after the initial attack to await evacuation by a U.S. commando unit.

Members of the evacuation team arrived from Tripoli soon after receiving notification of the escalating violence which claimed the lives of Steven and three others diplomats.

The Libyan government issued a statement immediately condemning the violence and sympathizing with the families of the murdered. Libya’s Deputy Interior Minister Wanis Al-Sharif expressed surprise that the armed groups knew the location of the safe house.

“It was supposed to be a secret place and we were surprised the armed groups knew about it. There was shooting,” Sharif said. Two U.S. personnel were killed there, he said. Two other people were killed at the main consular building and between 12 and 17 wounded. (Source: Reuters)

The violence was incited by a low-budget film which was made in the summer of 2011 but was recently promoted by Florida Pastor Terry Jones, who previously garnered international attention when he threatened to burn the Qur’an. He was subsequently persuaded to abandon this incendiary act by U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates.

However, Jones remained undeterred in his efforts to provoke Muslims, and is reported to have been actively promoting the low-budget film which denigrated the Islamic faith, the Prophet Mohammed, and Arabs.

It appears that his vigorous internet promotion of the film which also portrayed Mohammed engaging in a sex act with a woman, as a fool, a philanderer, and religious charlatan, is a culmination of his original efforts to defame and inflame Islamic sentiment.

Sam Bacile, a self-proclaimed Jew and real-estate developer, wrote and produced the movie, but is currently in hiding for fear of being murdered like the Dutch filmmaker, Van Gogh, who was killed in 2004. However, that is where the comparison ends, because Van Gogh’s film titled Submission was made in conjunction with Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Somali refugee who desired to highlight the plight of women who are forced into arranged marriages.

The White House will certainly spend the next few days consoling the families of the victims while simultaneously investigating the attacks against the U.S. Embassies in both Libya and Cairo. The newly elected, President Mohamed Morsi who represents the Muslim Brotherhood has yet to issue an apology or any statement acknowledging the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Cairo which may have been more spontaneous than the apparently well-organized coordinated attack of the Benghazi embassy.

Though it is early in the process and blame has yet to be assigned, certainly a significant amount of responsibility for fomenting the unrest that precipitated the death of these four Americans needs to be placed firmly on the shoulders of Pastor Terry Jones for promoting an obscure video with the clear intent of provoking violence. He had precedence, he knew it was incendiary, and his motives are Machiavellian at most and irresponsible in the extreme.

As many have expressed today throughout Social Media outlets, this is not something that Jesus would have done because he advocated peace and ended all conflicts out of love. It is unfortunate that religions as interpreted by extremists have led to more heart-ache, tragedy, and death of human beings since time immemorial, and we would be well served to embrace tolerance in this era of greater interconnectedness.

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About Ayanna Nahmias

Ayanna Nahmias was interviewed on Radio Netherlands Worldwide program titled 'The State We’re In,' about her life in Africa and her determination to transcend her past. She started the Nahmias Cipher Report to provide information to readers about life in emerging economies, and to provide alternative insight into the challenges faced by women and children living in these countries. The blog features stories from around the world to inspire other people to persevere and triumph in the face of great adversity. She blogs about current events in emerging economies, international politics, human rights abuses, women’s rights and child advocacy.

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3 Comments on “Ambassador Steven’s Death Provoked by Jones?”

  1. sakuraandme Says:

    I have nominated you for the Sisterly Love Award :-)
    Your journalism is an inspiration to women across the globe! – Paula.

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  2. --Rick Says:

    The Ambassador’s death was caused by murderous thugs and extremists. It didn’t occur because of the misguided misanthrope, Reverend Jones and it wasn’t a result of President Obama or the Cairo Embassy speaking in apologetic terms. The killing was planned, deliberate and savage by a lawless group of people taking advantage of a young inexperienced government and people who warrant our continued support.

    There is no excuse acceptable for murder. There is no excuse acceptable for savagery. There is no excuse for terrorism. There can be no tolerance for cowardly acts such as this and the people involved need to be hunted down and executed for committing an act of war against the United States of America by invading its diplomatic soil.

    There is a time and a place for recriminations regarding Jones and any administration apologetic weakness. There is a time and a place for discussing the administration’s inequitable indignation regarding using speech to insult religion, including the acceptance of hate speech by silence in the form or murdering Coptic Christians while condemning any slight, no matter how obscure, regarding Islam or their “prophet” Mohammed.

    For the moment there is only one issue and that is to obtain justice for the slain and to put an end to any and all terrorist organizations be they a band of radicals or an entire nation ruled by thugs and bigots. That is the only focus that matters and the only focus that warrants an immediate and severe communique from freedom loving people to those who would rule by terror and death.

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