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Response must be swift on murder of ambassador

On Tuesday, four Americans -- including an ambassador -- were killed when a mob of murderers stormed the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, an assault that came hours after a similar mob broke into the U.S. Embassy in Egypt and took down the U.S. flag, replacing it with a black one.

This is something to which the United States cannot turn the other cheek.

The attacks were at first described as angry reactions to an anti-Islamic YouTube video that was produced in America, but there was evidence Wednesday that the assaults on U.S. diplomatic missions may have been well planned out and coordinated attacks by terrorists to mark the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks that resulted in deadly plane crashes that claimed nearly 3,000 lives in New York, at the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania.

And while every life is precious, it is also disturbing that America lost its first ambassador -- Chris Stevens, a friend to Libyans if they ever had one -- since the death of Ambassador Adolph Dubs, who was killed in Afghanistan back in 1979.

"I want to express my deepest sympathies to the families of those who were killed serving our country in Libya," U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Moultrie, vice chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, said Wednesday. "These Americans risked their lives to serve the interests of our country and assist the people of Libya.

"I am outraged by these attacks and concerned about reports that they were not spontaneous, but rather planned terrorist attacks on our country. The intelligence community needs to fully and immediately examine these claims and inform the president and Congress about how the attacks originated and who is responsible."

Initial reports stated that the violent reactions were to protest a video produced by a crackpot Florida preacher, Terry Jones, who last stirred tensions by burning copies of the Koran. Now Jones, who is anything but Christian in his behavior, is backing the video that portrays Muhammad as a womanizer and Muslims as homosexual, child-molesting madmen.

What Jones likely has done is he and his ilk have given their Islamic counterparts some political cover and a means of recruiting violent stooges to do their dirty work. Regardless, even if the assailants were offended by the video, that is no excuse for violent assaults, much less cold-blooded murder.

Sending more than four dozen Marines to Libya to shore up security was a good start, as was President Obama's orders to heighten security at other overseas U.S. diplomatic missions. But what has to come now is two things: Full cooperation by the Libyan government and the administration of justice to these killers.

"There is no justification for this," Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Wednesday. "None. Violence like this is no way to honor religion or faith and as long as there are those who would take innocent life in the name of God, the world will never know a true and lasting peace.

"This is not easy. Today, many Americans are asking, indeed I asked myself, how could this happen? How could this happen in a country we helped liberate, in a city we helped save from destruction? This question reflects just how complicated and, at times, just how confounding, the world can be."

If the United States does not stand strong on this, if we allow what was essentially attacks on American soil to go unpunished, we will be opening every consulate we maintain in the world to attack. Our response has to be swift, it has to be decisive, it has to be on target and it has to be a deterrent. Anything short of that means the murderers win and our people are at even greater risk.

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waltspecht 1 year, 10 months ago

Time to position Force Recon Marines at each Embassy and Consulate. Now they may go down fighting, but I can guarantee there will be heavy loses among the attackers. In Somalia the Marine Snipers commanded such fear and respect that if an armed individual passed any where near the compound, they clearly unloaded their weapon and held it aloft to show it was empty. That is the fear that these Islamic Jahadists must face. Yes, they want to kill Americans so they can go to their reward in Heaven, but they only want to do it where they can be effective. They don't want to die and not achieve their objective. Now we don't want another Marine Barracks issue. Let them have real loaded weapons, as heavy as necessary, to stop any attack. Time to trade Blood for Blood.

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FryarTuk 1 year, 10 months ago

There were terrorists, brigands and pirates in Libya (what is now) before the US was conceived. Jefferson had trouble with them and there will be trouble there in 100 years. 3 Brave Americans were slaughtered along with 10 Libyans trying to protect them. Don't leave them out and don't omit the spontaneous demonstration by the Libyan people condemning this attack and supporting the US. Don't feed Terry Jones demented ego by putting him in the story. The terrorists would use any event to incite the illiterate and unstable. Cool heads have got to assess our country's interest in the middle east before pulling a Regan in Lebanon move. Testosterone aint the additive we're looking for here. Thank goodness the Libyan people have moved to support us as well as their administration in Dpty PM Mustafa Shagour's condemnation. Somebody tell Mitt Romney to shut his mouth! We have American and mideastern lives at risk here. Better yet, send him on a missionary excursion to France until this conflagration is defused.

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USTPC 1 year, 10 months ago

Mitt should shut his mouth for pointing out that Marines should have been in place for protection prior to the unwarranted attack? Why, because his comment makes Obama look bad? He just verbalized what a lot of us were already thinking.....Where were the US troops that should have been protecting our embassies?

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FryarTuk 1 year, 10 months ago

No, because the only time he opens his mouth on international affairs is to change feet. Are you stupid enough to think we could put enough USM at a consulate to prevent a terrorist attack without starting a war and killing a lot more Americans and Libyans? Ronald Regan put a contingent of Marines in Beirut, Lebanon in 1983. A truck full of explosives was driven right up through guard posts, exploded and killed 241 American plus other allies. It was right in the middle of the Lebanese civil war. It don't work. Regan quickly figured it out and left Lebanon spinning in the wind. There are some places we don't belong. Killing soldiers just to feel patriotic is nothing short of being a savage.

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alleebrin 1 year, 10 months ago

Mitt doesn't have to make Obummer look bad; Obummer does it very well himself!

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USTPC 1 year, 10 months ago

Some are better than none which is how many were there.

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Spike 1 year, 10 months ago

I'm sure there are some SEALS in the area.......

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waltspecht 1 year, 10 months ago

Unfortunately two former SEALS weren't enough to stem the tide. God Rest their Souls.

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YDoICare 1 year, 10 months ago

The death of Ambassador Stevins and others in these attacks is a tragedy, and my heart goes out to the friends and families of the victims of this atrocity. The perpetrators should be sought, trials held, and appropriate punishments levied to those guilty of committing murder. Why Americans and American media do not express the same outrage when similar acts of violence occur in our own hometowns, however, saddens me. What is different from a teacher, a clerk working in a convenience store, a civilian walking down the street or sitting in his or her home who is killed by someone committing a criminal act such as attempting to steal from their person, business, or home? What about an individual who kills a deputy called to investigate a noise complaint? It is just as horrific and occurs throughout the United States. Families of victims grieve, but murder is still murder regardless of if it were committed by a Libyan on these individuals or by an American on an American in our own community. None should be taken lightly.

To quote the editors: “But what has to come now is two things: Full cooperation by the Libyan government and the administration of justice to these killers.” “I have no disagreement, but ask why don’t we demand the same for murders within our continental borders? An innocent victim is still a victim regardless of if he or she were working in a consulate or embassy or working in the United States and serving the people of the community. Let us demand full cooperation from our communities to assist in bringing forth the perpetrators of crimes here so that justice can be administered and other crimes deterred just as we believe administration of justice should be carried out elsewhere for similar crimes. Do residents of Dougherty County feel safer in their homes and on the street in 2012 than they felt in 1990 or 1970?

Walt made a very astute comment in my opinion; those sent to respond need the appropriate tools and authority so that their lives are not placed in more danger. Fryar is correct in that these are radicals who committed these atrocities, not people who represent the actions of the majority of people there. Consider that most of us here will argue about any issues, believe the other is wrong, or maybe just agree to disagree, but how many of us commit murder? Should someone deserve punishment for sleeping their home because some idiot kills someone else in a drug deal 3 blocks away? We need to be careful in instantaneously linking everyone to a crime based on some category like ethnicity or other generated categories. Seek justice for those murdered overseas, but also demand that same justice at home.

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TrixibelleBento 1 year, 10 months ago

Please President Obama. Take a side and stick with it. Do you really think that a condemnation of the violence scares them? The only thing that scares them is a barrel stuck in their face. We are deemed as weak now and everyone knows that we won't do anything.

Put a Fat Boy on them. Cut the money that we keep sending to that democratic experiment and let them all kill each other.

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VSU 1 year, 10 months ago

The Democrats are thinking "It's a good thing Bush isn't still president, he would have sent some troops over there to kick their butts."

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tywebb 1 year, 10 months ago

the embassy and the ground are considered US soil. We just need to make it known....if we see a head pop up over our wall, it will be shot. End of discussion.

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BettyBowTie 1 year, 10 months ago

Looks like Obama's response will be lacking and late.

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FryarTuk 1 year, 10 months ago

Get out of the middle east! Get out of Africa! Get out of the United Nations. We need absolutely nothing they have. They need us we do not need them. Obama bows and cowtows, Mitt just hisses every body off. Bring our people and our money home.

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alleebrin 1 year, 10 months ago

I agree! And open up some of the OIL RESERVES we have! Those heathen countries don't know how to handle Western culture!

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Trustbuster 1 year, 10 months ago

The US Govt. should have seen this coming. Give our recent intervention in Libya on the grounds of humanitarianism and without a declaration of war the forces of change that emerged are the Jihadists. They don't share our democratic values. These people see America as decadent and worse blame us for their economic and social problems. The same thing happened in Iran under the Shah. Carter's human rights policy toward his regime contributed to the Islamic Revolution led by the Ayatollah Khomeini. We are still paying the price today from what former CIA man Chalmers Johnson calls "Blowback." If our diplomatic corp cannot be protected then pull them out. Americans should boycott Egypt too. Our money talks in the land of the pyramids.
For the record I don't necessarily blame our govt. for being friends with the former corrupt leaders of Egypt. Most Islamic nations have been governed by autocratic leaders. The only true Islamic nation that is considered democratic is Turkey. In most cases Islamic fundamentalism and democratic values are irreconcilable.

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Kay523 1 year, 10 months ago

there are sixteen conservatives in this town who look at everything through rose-colored glasses - thanks for sharing...

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savealbany 1 year, 10 months ago

Never fear. Our great "community organizer" will solve all of this. Maybe he can sit down and talk to these people. What a farce for a president. The situation will only get worse. Built in to the Muslin culture to control.

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