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First ambassador killed in an attack since 1979

Published: Wednesday, Sept. 12 2012 2:17 p.m. MDT

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MoJules
Florissant, MO

As I listened to what happened on the news yesterday in Egypt and today what happened in Libya, I thought about how sometimes the freedom of speech can be a two edged sword.
Being a member of the Mormon church, it is hurtful to know that there is a Broadway production that mocks and is even crude about my religion, which I love and treasure. Watching the NBC special about the Mormons and for them to show the actual garments was very offensive. To me that was as painful to see the disrespect as watching our flag being torn apart in Egypt or to see the skeleton of a burned out car that destroyed the lives of those in Libya. It is hard to have something you love and that is sacred to you, be it religion or country mocked or attacked, BUT... How blessed are we to have the freedom of speech and how lucky we are that we are not killed for that. It is a shame that people will use their freedom of speech in a way that is hurtful, it caused the lives of fellow citizens.

WHAT NOW?
Saint George, UT

Security?
The Jewish people hate the Arabs.
The Arab people hate the Jewish people.
This conflict has gone on since the beginning of time.
No security of if any kind, anywhere, will change this.
Neither America, nor anyone else in the world will ever convince these people to make peace with each other.
Romney does not understand diplomacy. His political statements are creating more trouble by speaking out when he does not have experience in dealing with sensitive foreign policy. These troublesome situations must be handled by tried and true negotiators to prevent WWIII.
America is in serious peril should Mitt Romney become president.

Craig Clark
Boulder, CO

MoJules,

"....It is hard to have something you love and that is sacred to you, be it religion or country mocked or attacked, BUT... How blessed are we to have the freedom of speech and how lucky we are that we are not killed for that....."

I second that. I think the greatest test of commitment to freedom of speech is to defend that right even for those who use it to say things that enrage or offend you.

worf
Mcallen, TX

WHAT NOW?

Our embassy was attacked, and Americans were murdered. An act of war. An attack on our country. Nothing to do with Arabs, and Jews getting along.

Obama will probably apologize for something, and was slow to respond.

Mitt showed leadership which has been lacking. Don't let the media form your opinions.

pragmatistferlife
salt lake city, utah

First of all why are we talking at all about something Mitt Romney said in a time of national tragedy? Why because in the "middle" and let me say again the "middle" of a national emergency he politicized events without having any..any..idea of what was taking place. Worf, if you think that is leadership I believe you are sadly mistaken. And whoa to any nation in todays world that experiences that kind of behavior from it's leaders.

sigmund5
Salt Lake City, UT

Why don't you have a story about Romney's ignorant, base and craven reaction to the deaths? Mitt showed more race/religion baiting in appealing to the worst and most ignorant in people. When are Mormons going to realize your Mormon moment is being lived by a guy who will use race, religion and ignore facts to personally profit. All the things the church wants to hide

A1994
Centerville, UT

@sigmund5

The Democrats never used the Iraq war for ignorant, base, and craven attacks? Harry Reid used the Iraq War casualties to say the 'war is lost' and 'George W. Bush is a loser.'

"...All the things the church wants to hide."

Also ignorant, base and craven.

DN Subscriber
Cottonwood Heights, UT

The Muslims at war with the United States recognize strength or weakness. In Obama, the correctly see a very weak leader, one inclined to dislike America to start with and a disgusting lack of attention to security issues. Example- Obama has only attended 42% of the Daily Presidential National Security briefing since assuming office, and none in the last week.

With Iran about to get nuclear weapons (with little hindrance from us) Obama is going to do a TV comedy show instead of meeting with the only real U.S. ally in the Middle East, Israel.

Killing ambassadors and burning embassies used to be considered to be acts of war, deserving of a swift and powerful response, but now we apologize for nonsense, and refuse to even call the enemy by their real name, radical Islamists.

The days of American greatness are truly over, and may never return. That's what "hope and change" delivered, even if most people did not realize what they were voting for.

MoJules
Florissant, MO

Thank you DN for not posting a picture of Chris Stevens body being dragged by his murderers. It was terrible to log into the foxnews site and see that as the main picture on the site.

And sigmund, your comment doesn't deserve the dignity of an answer, this is about a man who was murdered yesterday, show some respect for just a moment.

Instereo
Eureka, UT

This is a sad story because it shows the effects of religious extremism both in Libya and the United States. President Obama showed strength and resolve in how he handled this matter.

I think it's interesting that in the article nothing was mentioned about how Mitt Romney responded. It interesting that "Worf" says not to let the media influence our opinions when if we just read this article, we'd never know the full story. I guess even the Deseret News is embarrassed about how Gov. Romney responded to the situation.

The fact is in our world with its tensions and sensitivities we need to think before we speak, we need to get all the information and not jump to conclusions. I think in this particular situation it's Gov. Romney that needs to apologize for his remarks.

FT
salt lake city, UT

Mitt's politcal reaction is a disgrace to Americans. He just lost a more independents with his ill-timed, politcal statement. Can't wait for this election to be over so we don't have to hear anymore from this man.

A1994
Centerville, UT

So the question is what are we going to do about it? When the USS Cole was attacked in 2000 and we lost 17 Sailors, we didn't do a thing. That cannot happen again.

Tolstoy
salt lake, UT

@A1994

So let me ask you what exactly should we do at this point? we have no proof of who was involved shall we just start randomly n=bombing cities and hop we take out at least a few of the bad guys along with the rest? Sometimes a civil society must show restraint rather then blind vengeance.

Schwa
South Jordan, UT

One of those killed in the attacks was Sean Smith. He was an IT worker for the State Department. But I knew him as "Vile Rat" in the world of Eve Online. He was truly one of the kindest and most influential players in the game, and the entire quarter-million member community is reeling from this.

That being said, he believed in the good parts of humanity. Today a group of Libyan protesters took to the streets carrying signs apologizing for the deaths, and saying that thugs and murderers do not represent them. As angry as I am, he would want us all to remember that we should not paint every Libyan or Muslim with the same brush.

Tolstoy
salt lake, UT

@worf

President Obama's statement "We reject all efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others, but there is absolutely no justification for this type of senseless violence. None,"

UtahBlueDevil
Durham, NC

Can you imaging the outrage that would have happened in this country had post 9/11, just hours of the event, someone like Kennedy had held a press conference saying this was just another example of the Bush Administrations failed foreign policy, to let something like this happen?

Or can you imaging a Bill Clinton, or a Jimmy Carter holding a press conference to say the bombing of the Marine base in Lebanon that killed hundreds of Marines was an example of the weakness of the Reagan presidency, that he had "failed" policy, it that press conference happened even before the warmth had drained from those dead soldiers bodies?

Or image in the wake of the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 that killed over 240 people had been blamed on Reagin just hours after the downing of that 747.

We can only imaging those things because at that time politicians were smart enough to not try to politicize those events hours after they occurred. But as demonstrated by a few above, that level of decorum is only a faint memory. Now, its a rush to make a political point for ones self, not do what right for the country.

worf
Mcallen, TX

Tolstoy,

Egypt's leaders could have stopped it. What can we do about it?

Quit giving the terrorist group called "the Muslim Brotherhood", any more of our tax money.

Tekakaromatagi
Dammam, Saudi Arabia

As I reflect on this the hypocrisy of the people who did it is shocking. I know a little about Arab customs and Islamic law.

1) I assume the US is providing aid to Libya, when Libyans were being murdered by the previous regime we helped them protect themselves, we were there to help Libya not hurt.

2) We were under their protection. If we are hurt under their protection, by Arab tradition, the shame is on them in the generations to come,

3) The attack was on September 11. This is something like a holy day for the US. 3000 people died on this day 11 years ago. Respect that for us.

4) The ambassador was killed did not make the movie. He was an innocent third party.

Mohammed did not want images made of himself because he did not want people to worship him. The attacked have broken all sorts of commandments to protect the image of Mohammed. They have in fact said that protecting Mohammed's reputaton is more important than the commandments of Allah (God). How is that not the same as worshipping Mohammed?

Melanna
Salt Lake City, Utah

@worf

Obama:
""I strongly condemn the outrageous attack on our diplomatic facility in Benghazi, which took the lives of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens."

"Right now, the American people have the families of those we lost in our thoughts and prayers. They exemplified America's commitment to freedom, justice and partnership with nations and people around the globe and stand in stark contrast to those who callously took their lives."

"While the United States rejects efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others, we must all unequivocally oppose the kind of senseless violence that took the lives of these public servants."

worf
Mcallen, TX

Melanna,

Just my opinion, but some of the resentment comes from the bragging of Bin Ladens death during the DNC, and not just religion.

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