What Happened in Libya?: What You Need to Know

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libyan flagsIf you're confused about the protests and attacks in Libya and Yemen, which claimed the life of a US Ambassador and somehow all got started with an incredibly lame anti-Islam video on YouTube, you're not alone. Every twist and turn in this tragic story seems more unlikely than the last -- and the latest news is perhaps the most bizarre of all, exposing the "ghost" behind Muslim Innocence as a convicted fraud with a phony identity and odd affiliations (including an organization called "Media for Christ").

This is tough stuff to follow, no doubt. But it's so important to stay informed. In an attempt to make this task a little bit simpler, we've broken the whole big mess down for you, starting at the very beginning.

1. A U.S.-produced anti-Islam film on YouTube depicting the Prophet Muhammad as a crazy, womanizing pedophile sparks outraged anti-U.S.A. protests in Libya. U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens is killed in a rocket attack on the embassy.

2. Mitt Romney releases a statement slamming the Obama administration for "sympathizing" with the attackers instead of condemning the attacks -- when in fact, neither a statement from the U.S. Embassy in Cairo nor a statement from Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton expressed sympathy for the attackers.

3. Clinton releases a statement which reads: "I condemn in the strongest terms the attack on our mission in Benghazi today. As we work to secure our personnel and facilities, we have confirmed that one of our State Department officers was killed. We are heartbroken by this terrible loss."

4. Romney continues to criticize Obama's foreign policy, claiming the president sends "mixed messages" and that America seems to be "at the mercy of events, instead of shaping events."

5. The mysterious filmmaker behind the anti-Islam video is allegedly identified as Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, 55, an Egyptian Coptic Christian and convicted fraud living in California who directed and wrote the movie under the pseudonym Sam Bacile.

6. Hillary Clinton speaks out against the film, saying: "To us, to me personally, this video is disgusting and reprehensible. It appears to have a deeply cynical purpose: to denigrate a great religion and to provoke rage. But as I said yesterday, there is no justification, none at all, for responding to this video with violence. We condemn the violence that has resulted in the strongest terms, and we greatly appreciate that many Muslims in the United States and around the world have spoken out on this issue."

7. Eastern Libya's deputy interior minister Wanis al-Sharif says the attacks Tuesday night "were suspected to have been timed to mark the 9/11 anniversary and that the militants used civilians protesting an anti-Islam film as cover for their action."

Still pretty confusing, but at least you're up to date -- for now. Stay tuned!

What's your opinion of the situation in Libya?


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cecil... cecilmansmom

God promised Abraham and Sarah that the Messiah would come from their son they got impatient the result of their impatience was Ishmael yet God's choice was Isaac. Ever since then Ishmael has been mad and now he is throwing a fit that is the reason for the attacks in Europe not a video.

Littl... LittleFrogsMA

Cecilmansmom... it has been six thousand years and the messiah hasn't shown up yet.  Perhaps she isn't coming.

cecil... cecilmansmom

Jesus is the messiah.

nonmember avatar Zuri

Goshdarn typos- "I wouldn't want to be intolerant." Sorry.

Cecil- what does that have to do with the attacks in Libya?
Strawman much?

cecil... cecilmansmom

Zuri it's called history. 

nonmember avatar kelticmom

@cecilmansmom No, it's called mythology.

nonmember avatar Zuri

No it's called please politely move your comments to another thread. They don't belong here. I'm Christian as well, but I don't spam threads with random Bible verses. I can do God justice in my home and church. I don't need to post 50 million Bible passages on a site that has nothing to do with religion. That is why your post was a strawman- it distracts from the topic at hand. Sorry if I offended you, but please politely move your comments off of this thread. You have incited a derailment from the point of this thread. Please go post your Bible verses somewhere else. I would gladly join you some other time, but right now I'm on a nonreligious thread. I apologize.
Sorry for that little interruption guys, now back to Libya.

cecil... cecilmansmom

that was not direct scripture and it was not spam. I do have as much of a right to post my opinion as you or anyone else. I don't care if this is not a religious site in fact I happen to know that it is very ANTI CHRISTIAN but that does not mean I can not have an opinion and voice it. BTW if your "christianity" is best served in the church than I feel sorry for you so called christianity as it is merely religion to you. 


this is a random Bible verse


New International Version (©1984)
If anyone is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.


see the differance.

Nycti... Nyctimene

I'm not entirely convinced that it was simply because of 9/11.

In 2004 filmmaker Theo Van Gogh directed an anti-Islam film called Submission. It was released August 29, 2004 and on November 2 of the same year he was murdered by a Muslim. Taped to his body was a note that also threatened death on Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Somali born former-Muslim who helped work on the film.

In 2005 a Dutch newspaper published 12 cartoons of Islam Prophet Mohammad. Four months later, Muslims protested across the Islamic world, some of which escalated into violence with instances of police firing on crowds of protestors resulting in a total of more than 100 reported deaths, including the bombing of the Danish embassy in Pakistan and setting fire to the Danish Embassies in Syria, Lebanon and Iran, storming European buildings, and burning the Danish, Dutch, Norwegian, French and German flags in Gaza City.

In 2008 Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders released an anti-Islam movie called Fitna, and quickly had a 'fatwa' (Islamic assassination order) placed on him by Al-Qaeda.

It really doesn't take much to rile the Muslims into murderous frenzies, especially over any sort of depiction of Mohammad, which is forbidden in Islam.

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