Libya has been the scene of violence following outrage by Muslims in the country. Those involved were angry that a film which they claim disrespects their Prophet Mohammed had been produced. A mob was soon incited to go on the rampage and deaths have followed.
The American Embassy in Benghazi was attacked by a violent crowd using a rocket launcher. American Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others died in the attack. This would normally be classed as an act of War. It will prove a hard situation for President Obama to resolve. For the dead and their loved ones the tragedy is unresolvable.
Benghazi was a stronghold of rebels fighting the rule of Gaddafi during last year's uprising. Many in the West wondered just who the rebels were. Similarly rebels in Syria fighting the Assad regime right now are an unknown quantity. It seems that in the West's haste to rid these countries of unelected regimes weapons and support are being offered to heaven knows who.
US President Obama issued a statement at lunchtime today:
"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. I have directed my Administration to provide all necessary resources to support the security of our personnel in Libya, and to increase security at our diplomatic posts around the globe. 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.
On a personal note, Chris was a courageous and exemplary representative of the United States. Throughout the Libyan revolution, he selflessly served our country and the Libyan people at our mission in Benghazi. As Ambassador in Tripoli, he has supported Libya's transition to democracy. His legacy will endure wherever human beings reach for liberty and justice. I am profoundly grateful for his service to my Administration, and deeply saddened by this loss.
The brave Americans we lost represent the extraordinary service and sacrifices that our civilians make every day around the globe. As we stand united with their families, let us now redouble our own efforts to carry their work forward."
Earlier in the day Mitt Romney had chosen to issue a brief statement which was more aimed at using the incident to attack Obama than serve any real purpose.
The current Libyan government have been quick to blame the attack and killings on factions still allied to the old Gaddafi regime. It was expected that they would do this. They have said that troublemakers in the country have been stirring up religious anger and fervor. However in so many countries in this region strong Muslim faith is evident in all.
However all sides respond does not detract from the death of four people and the volatile situation in the Middle East. Egypt has also experienced violent protests regarding the film.
The timing of the attack may have been significant, launched as it was on the 11th anniversary of 9/11. During the last few months there have been other similar attacks but this is the first to result in deaths.
The film at the centre of the violence is called The innocence of Muslims. The man behind the film, Sam Bacile, an Israeli Jew, is now said to be in hiding. Made in July the film grabbed the attention of those in the Middle East after an Arabic version was thoughtlessly posted online. Perhaps though the idea was to anger and incite a mob.
Florida Pastor Terry Jones is also promoting the film. He is well known for inciting religious hate. Shame on him. What must his God think?
Around 100 wealthy Jews are said to have helped raise the money to make this film. They are keen to portray the Muslim faith as a "cancer". Their choice of word not ours. That reminds us of how the Nazis in World War Two tried to portray the Jewish faith.
Opinion: The way some Jews behave never ceases to amaze this blogger. As a race and faith which has experienced bitter hatred down the years you could be forgiven for believing they would want to preach peace. That they would want to happily co-exist with others. Instead all too many want to exterminate others, notably Muslims.
Those responsible for the movie or perhaps that should be this piece of garbage appear to believe that promoting such hatred will help Israel and its people to survive.
Religious hatred is deplorable, no matter where it comes from. It is no good hiding behind your religion and screaming anti semitism and the like when you have incited violent reaction.
Religion continues to be used by mankind for its own ends. In doing so it is just another weapon of war and hate.