|REMEMBERING 9/11/01. NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 2009: Above: Unidentified woman; Below: Rivera Leo, from New York 2009.|
|[Visitors] read names on a flag in the Remembrance Field of Honor, an installation of flags in Battery Park, in memory of the victims of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, on September 9, 2011 in New York City.The flags, which are designed to resemble the flag of the United States, are on display from September 8 - 12, and list the name of every person who was killed in the terrorist attack. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)|
9/11/2012Protesters storm US Embassy in CairoEgyptian protesters, largely ultraconservative Islamists, climbed the walls of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, made their way into the courtyard and brought down the flag, replacing it with a black flag with an Islamic inscription to protest a film attacking Islam's prophet, Muhammad.
9/11/2012 One American fatally shot and another wounded in attack on U. S. Consulate in Libya. [9/12/12 Update @ end of post]"Protesters" attack U. S. Consulate in Libya soon after a fiery protest at the U.S. embassy in Egypt where protesters tore down an American flag, replacing it with black Islamist flag. Facts source: Fox News online and live broadcasts..
The violence at the consulate lasted for about three hours, but the situation has now quieted down, said another witness.
"I heard nearly 10 explosions and all kinds of weapons. It was a terrifying day," said the witness who refused to give his name because he feared retribution.Read more:
Above: Penni Barnett, from Silver Spring, MD 2009
- Egyptian protesters climb the walls of the U.S. embassy during protests in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012. Egyptian protesters, largely ultra conservative Islamists, have climbed the walls of the U.S. embassy in Cairo, went into the courtyard and brought down the flag, replacing it with a black flag with Islamic inscription, in protest of a film deemed offensive of Islam.Source: AP2012_as seen on FoxNews.com Read more:
The Mob terror in Egypt and Libya far exceeds the label "protest" used by the media and the U. S. State Department. Egyptian forces tried, unsuccessfully, to get control of the Cairo mob, according to news reports. Such violence invades a guest country's property to inflict alarm, damage, and terror. Therefore, we have another eye-opening event to push us to wake up, to realize that we are, seriously, a hated enemy, whether we are officials or average citizens not connected with what is erupting. The threats against democracy, and especially Americans and Christians, around the world must be taken seriously by world leaders of democratic nations, starting with the United States leadership and people.
Embassies and consulates are considered "sovereign soil" of their respective countries. What do we call an attack on any country's "sovereign soil"? What term would be strong enough to express what such an attack means? It is certain that the correct word is not "protest." Since the accurate description or label has not been used by the media or the government, it should be soon.
One of the strongest statements about these events came from the British Prime Minister today. David Cameron called the events "appalling."
Much of the world does not understand that freedom of speech is abused by those who say or do offensive things. In this case, Christians may well advise others to "preach Christ" rather than to "attack other religions." However, violent people who are enraged take violent actions, going on the offensive, terrorizing others who are not connected with or responsible for the latest "insult" that set the spark. The violent ones are quick to exert themselves to violence, even murder, when the Internet or other media purveyors speak freely, though not wisely, kindly, or accurately.
Much of the world lacks the "freedom experience"; they are acquainted primarily with repressive regimes or religions, or both. They cannot yet grasp what freedom of speech means, its risks as well as its blessings; they cannot or do not wish to grasp the distinctions between private words and actions on one hand and government words and actions on the other.
The U. S. government and the U. S. people had nothing to do with and would not have endorsed the Internet video, produced by private citizens of the U. S., that are reported to have inflamed already anti-American people in Cairo and in Libya. Similarly, it appears that the new leadership or lack thereof in Egypt and Libya have allowed a tempting space into which violent forces choose to step.
In this writer's humble opinion and hope, as many "protesters" as possible will be hunted, rounded up, and arrested, made subject to justice that disallows rampaging destruction, murder, and other terrors.
Meanwhile, we can speak freely about our views regarding the instability of two Middle East countries. That instability is connected to the attacks this 9/11 and are linked, if not directly then indirectly, as part of their recent histories with the U. S. government. The violent protests come on the date that is known around the world as a day of memorial and mourning for Americans and other nations who lost loved ones in the attacks on the the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon in Washington, DC, and in the attack that ended in a field Pennsylvania, protecting lives, it is believed, in Washington, DC, marked for the fourth attack on 9/11 eleven years ago.
These are a few sad facts and thoughts just past midnight on this 9/11/2012. This writer hopes there will be no apologies from the U.S..
One hopes that efforts are now on-going by U. S., Egyptian, and Libyan officials to hunt down and deal with those responsible.
May prayers arise in homes and churches for the victims of terror and for peace-loving people in Egypt and Libya that are caught up in the middle of terrorist actions. They have experienced and feared such actions for many years when they have spoken freely or tried to live free.
9/12/2012 UPDATE/LATIMES/WORLD NOW
Libyan President Mohamed Magariaf:
"This is a criminal act that will not go unpunished. This is part of a series of cowardice acts by supporters of the former regime who want to undermine Libya's revolution," Prime Minister Abdurrahim Keib told reporters.
Keib said the details of the attack were under investigation.
Libyan President Mohamed Magariaf apologized for the deaths and vowed that justice would be served.
"We refuse that our nation's lands be used for cowardice and revengeful acts. It is not a victory for God's Sharia or his prophet for such disgusting acts to take place," Magariaf said. "We apologize to the United States, the people of America, and the entire world. We and the American government are standing on the same side, we stand on the same side against outlaws." Read more:
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