The death of the U.S. ambassador to Libya an three other U.S. diplomats in an attack on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi Tuesday night may be more than just the act of an angry mob of Muslim fundamentalists that got out of control. Angry mobs usually aren't equipped with mortars and rocket-propelled grenades.
The attack -?coming on the anniversary of the September 11 attacks on the U.S. - seem too organized and too well-armed to have been simply another Muslim over-reaction to an insult to the prophet Mohammed.
Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and information management officer Sean Smith, along with two other unidentified embassy staffers, were killed in the fiery attack.
Several?Libyan security forces were also killed when they fought back against the mob.
The Libyan government bears great responsibility for the safety of diplomats living and working within its borders. It also bears a great responsibility to track down and punish those responsible for this outrage.
That this could happen in Libya, where the U.S. and other coalition forces were extremely supportive to the rebellion that overthrew Col. Muamar Gaddafi, indicates the difficulty of trying to figure out who is an ally in this volatile part of the world. Libya can prove itself with its actions following the attack.
This incident was apparently a reaction to an anti-Muslim film created in the U.S. The identity of the reported filmmaker is in doubt, but excerpts from the film, available on YouTube, included insulting depictions of Mohammad and his followers.
We understand and support freedom of speech, of course, but we have to wonder at the intelligence of people who continue to think this kind of Muslim-baiting is a good idea.