For Americans and victims of terrorism all over the world, September 11, 2001 is a day of both remembrance and grief. On the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks this year, yet another terrorist attack ensued in the Libyan capital of Benghazi.
Following anti-US demonstrations as a result of a YouTube video degrading Islamic prophet Muhammad, protests in Libya escalated rapidly, leading to the death of four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens. The video, which White House spokesman Jay Carney described as being “reprehensible and disgusting”, is characterized as being “anti-Islamic”. As a result, many protestors gathered around the U.S. consulate in Benghazi circling around it for several hours before setting it on fire.
In response to this unexpected attack, President Obama officially addressed the situation, saying that “The U.S. has been a nation that respects all faiths. We reject all efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others. But, there is absolutely no justification to this type of senseless violence”. Despite much controversy, the attack has been classified as a terrorist attack, supported by past incidences and the connections of the attackers to Al Qaeda. Furthermore, various interviews, videos, and other empirics have suggested that the event was pre-planned. CIA and FBI agents are struggling to understand the motive behind such perilous action. As Secretary of State Hilary Clinton states, they “will not rest until we have tracked down and brought to justice the men who murdered four Americans.”
This attack will remain yet another sorrowful incident on the American people on September 11, one of the most tragic days in American history.