Body of slain US ambassador paraded in streets of Libya

politics | Sep 12, 2012 | By Martin Barillas

Photographs of what is purportedly the body of slain American ambassador John Christopher Stevens have emerged on the Internet. Ambassador Stevens was at the U.S. consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi, when the consulate's security detail engaged in a firefight with gunmen armed with small arms and rockets. 

One photogaph shows the American diplomat slumped over the shoulder of a protester. Ambassador Stevens' vehicle was hit by rocket fire when he and 3 others tried to escape the exchange of fire. They were killed by the armed protesters who used firebombs to incinerate the consulate. Video footage shows protesters wielding rocket-propelled grenades and small arms roaming through the ruined diplomatic compound taking videos and photos with cell phones. 

President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton have deplored the killings that came on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. The U.S. embassy in Cairo was also attacked on September 11. Protesters scaled the walls of the embassy in Cairo and tore down the American flag, while also scrawling Islamic messages on the fortress-like mission's walls.

Contacted via email by Spero News concerning the attack in Egypt, J. Millard Burr - co-author of Alms for Jihad, among other works about Islam - recalled "It was sometime late last year that the Salafists and the Gamaat attacked the US Consulate in Alexandria.   I was very dissatisfied with that response -- both from Cairo and Washington.  I felt sure that a similar even would  happen again soon."  Author Millard, a former official of USAID, said "To my way of thinking the Ikhwan government has to be hit where it hurts, in the pocketbook.  Enough of this funding nonsense; we should make any funding contingent on the Morsy govt. acting in a fashion  that preserves the peace with Israel, and ensures civilized conduct vis-a-vis the USA.  They should be put on notice (it can either be done quietly or publicly depending on the impact we wish to achieve) that all loans and funding is now being put on hold.  Likewise, the Ikhwan should be given notice that US support for IMF support, both now and the future, will depend on actions taken by the government to arrest and put on trial those responsbile for the attack on the Embassy. "



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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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