American Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was attacked by protesters and what many considered to be also by armed terrorists killing American ambassador Christopher Stevens and two of his security personnel.
They died unnecessarily because some riresponsible American video maker or European cartoonists thought depicting someone else's prophets and religion in a disparaging way is fair game and as an act of the freedom of the speech and expression. Obviously they are wrong.
"American Muslim leaders are condemning the killing of U.S. diplomatic personnel in Libya and the assault on the U.S. embassy in Egypt as well as the anti-Islamic video that apparently sparked the attacks. They say violence is not the answer to criticism of their religion," says an American Muslim leader . Read more here...
The film also offended Rabbi David Saperstein, director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism here in Washington, who said: "It was made to insult, to degrade, to denigrate, to mock religion in a way that common sense would have told them it was likely to evoke violence, and to do at such a time, to release it just at 9/11 [i.e., September 11, the 11th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington] was a particularly repugnant act by those who were involved with the film," Saperstein said.
However, in the aftermath of the killing, the people of Benghazi reacted to the violence by showing their disgust and anger over such act by going to the streets protesting against the killing.
This is what happens when there are people misinterpreting the freedom of expression and freedom of speech. If Malaysians cannot learn from such an incident well we have only ourselves to be blamed if this country is burning because some people prefer to use gun and destroying public property to express their misplaced frustration.
Bottom line is we have to respect each other there are no two ways about it!
Our condolence to the family of the ambassador and his security people killed during the attack.