According to anonymous American officials and Israeli media, the killing of American Ambassador Chris Stevens in the Libyan city of Benghazi may have been a pre-planned operation. The attackers used the protest outside the American consulate in Benghazi as a diversion, and the fact that the killing coincided with the eleventh anniversary of the 9/11 attacks was most likely coincidental. On Friday, sources in the White House said that the killing was allegedly the work of al-Qaeda militants who were in prison for terrorism, but who were released after the ouster of the Gaddafi régime. Shortly before the attack on the American consulate, al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri’s posted a message on the internet, which became a signal for the attack. In his message, al-Zawahiri urged militants to take vengeance for senior al-Qaeda leader Abu Yahya al-Libi, killed in an American drone strike in Pakistan in June.
Militants began the operation after a mob of protesters overwhelmed the American consulate in Benghazi in outrage over a film that ridiculed Islam’s Prophet Muhammad. Stevens died after he and his bodyguards left the consulate as militants attacked the compound on Tuesday night, many of them firing machine-guns and rocket-propelled grenades. Meanwhile, on Thursday, the first suspects in the attack were arrested in Libya as the USA and Libya opened a joint investigation into the matter. In a telephone conversation with President Obama on Friday, Libya’s interim President Mohamed Yousef el-Magariaf apologised to the USA for the attack.
Oleg Peresypkin, of the MID Diplomatic Academy, said, “Washington should think twice before pursuing their policy in Middle Eastern countries, including Syria. Americans demonstrate a very tactical and spur-of-the-moment thinking, as shown in the drive to topple Mubarak and Gaddafi, and a reluctance to think about the consequences. What Americans need is to show strategic thinking, to mull over their support to relevant countries in the cold light of day”.
Vladimir Pantin, of the Moscow-based Institute of World Economy and International Relations, believed, in turn, that Washington will try to correct its policy towards those countries where Islamists have come to power, saying, “Americans will tread carefully on the policy of support of Islamist regimes. Washington’s Egypt and Libya policy is unlikely to change drastically in the future because too much inertia and too many forces are involved in the process”.
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was quick to capitalise on the events in Benghazi. He said that Washington’s outrageous, yet delayed, reaction to the anti-Islam film was issued when the crowds were already attacking several American diplomatic missions worldwide. According to Romney, the White House disgracefully apologised for the fact that American values include freedom of speech, amongst other things. Vladimir Pantin said, “The balance of pre-election chances may now be altered in favour of Romney. It’s certainly a blow to Obama, whose administration failed to react to these events. Now, Obama will have to make a flurry of urgent steps to rectify the situation”.
Experts said that the killing of the American Ambassador prompted questions that have yet to receive answers. It’s still unclear why Chris Stevens arrived in Benghazi when he did and why counterintelligence knew nothing about preparations for a terrorist act.
14 September 2012
Voice of Russia World Service
Willy gambled and lost on this one. The only people who cheered him in this were the knuckle-dragging bubbas, who were in his camp, in any case. What’s becoming clearer is that the movie really didn’t have much to do with the killing. It DID have much to do with the riots. Actually and oddly enough, the riots probably HINDERED the planned al-Qaeda operation, with more witnesses to the affair than they wanted and now there are people who’re willing to sell them out to the highest bidder (human nature being what it is). No doubt, al-Qaeda was planning a stand-alone ambush that would monopolise the news cycle for at least a week. Now, they have to share the limelight with the rioters… and suffer some of the backblast from those rioters’ actions. In short, this did NOT benefit al-Qaeda in the least, in the long run. That is, Willy’s chock fulla shit, as per usual… and that tells you much about his supporters, doesn’t it?