Yesterday, on the anniversary of 9/11, the U.S. embassies in Egypt and Libya were attacked.
In Egypt, a mob of angry Muslims protesting some American-made anti-Mohammad film “scaled the walls of the U.S. embassy… tore down the American flag and burned it,” all while yelling “There is no God but God, and Mohammad is his messenger.”
In Libya, their actions went beyond vandalism, trespassing and severe international disrespect. In Libya, the Muslim mob managed to get its hands on U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other embassy staff members.
They suffocated Stevens to death and shot his personnel, who bled out and died.
Libya’s leader has since apologized and vowed to find and punish the offenders.
But personally, I don’t think that’s enough.
I’m not advocating full-out war over these atrocities, though I’m also not ruling out a proper show of power either. But I do wholeheartedly believe that we should withdraw all support from both nations.
Forget giving them any international aid or financial backing. They want to treat us with such disrespect and murderous hostility? Well then, just like an egotistical adolescent, they should learn that there are consequences to actions.
Yet instead, all we get is words. Words from Libya – which is admittedly better than what we seem to be getting from Egypt – and words from our own President, who seems merely content to shake his finger and say the word “bad” a few times while crossing his fingers that the whole thing goes away in time for the November elections.
Actually, that’s really not quite fair. The Obama administration also apologized.
“Hours before the attacks, the U.S. Embassy in Cairo issued a statement saying that it condemns ‘the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims – as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions.’ An administration official later told ABC News that ‘no one in Washington approved that statement before it was released and it doesn’t reflect the views of the U.S. government.’”
Yet the U.S. Embassy in Cairo is an official arm of the U.S. government. So it automatically reflects “the views of the U.S. government” as certainly as two plus two equals four.