» 09/13/2012 LIBYA - USA Destroyers and marines sent to Tripoli, in anti-Islam film "war" Obama and Clinton express outrage and shock. The attack on the consulate in Benghazi, may have been premeditated. The U.S. ambassador died of suffocation. With him three US staff and 10 Libyans were killed. The director of the film against Muhammad goes into hiding and describes Islam as a "cancer." Arabic translator of the film unknown. The tensions in Libya (and Egypt) add to those between Obama and Netanyahu on Iranian nuclear issue.
Tripoli (AsiaNews /
Agencies) - The United States is sending two destroyers to the Libyan coast and
a unit of 50 Marines to protect U.S. personnel still in Tripoli, after the
assassination of their ambassador, Christopher Stevens, and three other members
of the diplomatic staff during an attack by gunmen in Benghazi. 10 Libyans were
also killed in the clash.
Experts wonder if the attack on the U.S.
consulate in the capital of Cyrenaica was
spontaneous, born of a rally protesting an anti-Islam film, or whether it was a
premeditated attack, using the demonstration as a screen.
The safest assumption is that of a premeditated attack: the gunmen struck in a
professional way, using sophisticated weapons, in several waves. It seems that
they knew the structure of the consulate well, the safe area where Ambassador
Stevens was heading to hide, before being hit by grenade- missiles.
The Libyan doctor who treated him, said that Stevens died of asphyxia due to
smoke inhalation. Libyan personnel transported the ambassador hospital, where
no one knew him. The medical staff tried to revive him, but to no avail.
Libyan national security sources believe that the attack was organized and run
by Ansar al-Sharia, an Islamic group that claims to be close to al Qaeda, even
if they were mixed with the crowd, which included tribal militiamen and others.
But the group has denied involvement.
At a White House in the midst of the presidential election campaign, there outrage and shock, but also determination because, as President Obama assured, "justice
will be done for this terrible act." Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State, has
asked "how could this happen in a country that we helped to liberate, in a
city that we have helped and saved from destruction?".
Doubts also remain about the movie that sparked the attack. Producer, Sam Basin,
56, an Israeli-American, is now hidden in a secret location. He defends his
work which was intended to condemn Islam as "a cancer" and a
"lie." In the film, titled "Innocence of Muslims," Muhammad
is presented as violent homosexual pedophile, a supporter of child abuse, etc.
The film, shot with very little professionalism and with a budget of only 5
million dollars, collected from Jewish donors, was screened only once in a
Its trailer on Youtube found an Arabic translator, whom the director says he does
not know, thus broadcasting the images and criticism to the wider Muslim world.
Among the supporters of the film there is also the pastor Terry Jones, infamous
for his 2010 threat to burn a Koran, which led to a series of Islamic vendettas
against Western and Christian targets.
Some agencies have also cited Coptic personalities in the U.S. among its
supporters, but the Coptic Church of Egypt has strongly condemned the film, the
sole aim of which is to offend a religious belief.
Protests - quite peaceful - have also been held in Cairo,
in front of the U.S.
embassy. Among the demonstrators there are also many young Copts.
The Libyan crisis and the shock caused by the anti-Islam film falls at a time
of growing tension between the United States and the State of Israel, between
Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu on how to curb Iran in its nuclear race. In
recent days, Netanyahu directed some statements to Obama and Clinton who reaffirm
the importance of dealing with the Iranian crisis through diplomatic channels.
Netanyahu and his government want military action, an air strike to destroy the
nuclear power plants in Iran,
where it is believed Tehran
is building nuclear weapons. Iran
has always denied this allegation and claims its nuclear program is for