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Reaction to Slaying of U.S. Ambassador Stevens and Staff in Libya

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On September 11th, 2012 Islamist militants assassinated the American ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens as well as three other embassy workers. Congressmen Mike Rogers and Robert Aderholt as well as Senator Jeff Sessions all expressed their condolences to the families of the Americans killed

Congressman Mike Rogers (R) from Saks said in a written statement after the attacks in Libya, “I am outraged at this barbaric and senseless act of violence. The attack on the American Ambassador and diplomatic staff is an attack on all freedom loving people. I call on the government of Libya to immediately assist the United States in bringing these murderers to swift justice. Occurring on the eleventh anniversary of the September 11th attacks, this tragic news is another reminder of the dangerous world we live in. My prayers and thoughts go out to the victims and their families as we grieve their loss.”

U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R) from Alabama released these comment following the attack on the American embassy in Libya, “We mourn the loss of Ambassador Stevens and the three members of our diplomatic corps, and we send our prayers to their families. They were patriots who died in service to our nation. This attack, carried out on the anniversary of 9/11, will steel our resolve to confront Islamic extremism. We stand together as a nation, determined to seek justice for the fallen and renewed in our resolve to defend our values and our people.”

Congressman Robert Aderholt (R) from Haleyville said, “My thoughts and prayers are with the families, loved ones and colleagues of Ambassador Chris Stevens, Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith and two other brave American personnel who were killed in Libya. We must honor them and their service to our great nation and continue working to promote freedom, democracy, and peace throughout the world.”

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said, “It is with profound sadness that I share the news of the death of four American personnel in Benghazi, Libya yesterday. Among them were United States Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and Foreign Service Information Management Officer, Sean Smith. We are still making next of kin notifications for the other two individuals. Our hearts go out to all their families and colleagues.”

Secretary Clinton said, “A 21 year veteran of the Foreign Service, Ambassador Stevens died last night from injuries he sustained in the attack on our office in Benghazi. I had the privilege of swearing in Chris for his post in Libya only a few months ago. He spoke eloquently about his passion for service, for diplomacy and for the Libyan people. This assignment was only the latest in his more than two decades of dedication to advancing closer ties with the people of the Middle East and North Africa which began as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco. As the conflict in Libya unfolded, Chris was one of the first Americans on the ground in Benghazi. He risked his own life to lend the Libyan people a helping hand to build the foundation for a new, free nation. He spent every day since helping to finish the work that he started. Chris was committed to advancing America’s values and interests, even when that meant putting himself in danger.”

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Secretary Clinton concluded, “Sean Smith was a husband and a father of two, who joined the Department ten years ago. Like Chris, Sean was one of our best. Prior to arriving in Benghazi, he served in Baghdad, Pretoria, Montreal, and most recently The Hague. All the Americans we lost in yesterday’s attacks made the ultimate sacrifice. We condemn this vicious and violent attack that took their lives, which they had committed to helping the Libyan people reach for a better future. America’s diplomats and development experts stand on the front lines every day for our country. We are honored by the service of each and every one of them.”

As of press time, Fox News is reporting that radical Islamists organized the protests in Egypt. Those protesters stormed the embassy in Cairo, ripped down the American flag, and replaced it with a black Islamist flag. The Islamists organized an apparently similar protest in Benghazi, Libya. When the mob threatened the embassy, the embassy was evacuated. Somehow the terrorists knew where the ambassador was as he oversaw the evacuation and that is when he was attacked.

Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.

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