September 11, 2012
Arab Spring! Islamists Storm American Consulate in BenghaziReport: US Official Killed & Another Wounded
Way to go Mr. President, why if this keeps up we can send the tax increase you want to the Brotherhood as Jazia? Then surely we will have peace, no?
An armed mob has attacked the US consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi and set fire to the building, witnesses reported, in what they said was a protest at a film they said offended Islam.Update by SH: Report "An American has been killed in the protest". I will link when I have more info.
[Updated]Contacted by AFP, a US State Department official in Washington said US officials were still seeking information about the situation in Benghazi.
Asked whether the attack in Libya and the earlier demonstration against the US mission in Egypt could be connected, the official said it was unclear yet if the protests had been coordinated.
Another Libyan witness said armed men had closed the streets leading up to the consulate, among them ultra-conservative Salafists
Update by SH:
AFP:BENGHAZI, Libya — A US official was killed and another wounded on Tuesday as an armed mob protesting over a film they said offended Islam attacked the US consulate in Benghazi, an official told AFP.Update: State Dept confirms:
Also, WARNING GRAPHIC - Photos from attack on US Consulate in Benghazi
I think this may be the "film" [h/t Ali H]
Update by SH: Out of respect to the family of the US official killed I am putting the video below the fold:[Note: yet another update below fold]
Update: This is the original one by film maker Sam Becile:
Sam Bacile, an American citizen who said he produced, directed and wrote the two-hour film said he had not anticipated such a furious reaction.
Speaking from a telephone with a California number, he said the film was produced in English and he doesn't know who dubbed it in Arabic.
"The main problem is I am the first one to put on the screen someone who is (portraying) Muhammad. It makes them mad," he said in an interview in a telephone number in California. "But we have to open the door. After 9/11 everybody should be in front of the judge, even Jesus, even Muhammad."
He said many of the film's cast quit half way through the production, which he started "three or four" years ago, because they were afraid of Muslims.
He said the film also addresses the persecution of Copts in Egypt and blames the U.S. and its allies for fighting Muslims. "The U.S. should fight the ideology, not the people."
Morris Sadek, an Egyptian-born Christian in the U.S. known for his anti-Islam views, told The Associated Press from Washington that he was promoting the video on his website and on certain TV stations, which he did not identify.
He said the video "explains the problems of the Copts who suffer from Muslims," which he blamed on the Koran itself.