Libya: Planned, or just really angry?

Posted on 16 September 2012 by The Secular Nerd

Afghans burn the U.S. flag in Herat

If you haven’t been hiding under a rock this week, you would know the craziness that is going on around the world that was supposedly caused by an anti-muslim satirical video. Protesters in several locations on the other side of the pond gathered and attacked U.S. interests (embassies) and on the streets.

What’s particularly interesting about this whole deal, is that there have been reports that this was carefully planned for quite some time.

A deadly assault on a U.S. consulate in Libya was a spontaneous reaction to an anti-Muslim video, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said Sunday, even as Libya’s president insisted the attackers spent months preparing and carefully choosing their date — the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. [AP/Google]

Ambassador Susan Rice seems to believe (according to the evidence gathered so far) this was not the case, however had this to add:

“It seems to have been hijacked, let us say, by some individual clusters of extremists who came with heavier weapons,” Rice said, adding that such weaponry is easy to come by in post-revolutionary Libya.

Libya’s interim president had this to say about his claims that it was planned:

“It was planned, definitely. It was planned by foreigners, by people who entered the country a few months ago,” el-Megarif said. “And they were planning this criminal act since their arrival.”

Who or what do we believe with this? As a skeptic, and as someone who saw the video, I honestly believe it was carefully planned. I believe the video was used as an excuse to gather even more support for the terrorist attacks and the murders of several good people. I believe this, because of this article and many more like it that are outside the United States and its media outlets. If I’m wrong, I’ll be the first to admit to it, but there are too many red flags on this one boys and girls.

“I do not exclude discovering things that will link al-Qaida and the US consulate attack,” said Mr Megaryef but added that it was “very early to talk about the investigation.”

His comments come as al-Qaida said the deadly attack in Libya was in revenge for the killing of the network’s number two Sheikh Abu Yahya al-Libi, SITE Intelligence Group reported.

“The killing of Sheikh Abu Yahya only increased the enthusiasm and determination of the sons of (Libyan independence hero) Omar al-Mokhtar to take revenge upon those who attack our Prophet,” said al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula said in a statement, quoted by the US-based monitoring group. [Herald Sun]

One particular article has me thinking though. One of the individuals who were slain in the attacks was Christopher Stevens. He was brutally raped and put out on display. What they did was unforgivable in my opinion, but were the circumstances of which led up to his murder provoked?

I’d like to take a moment to reflect on the irony, or perhaps the term might be more an oxymoron. That is a region in our world that is very much so against homosexuality (they brutally murder LGBT’s) , yet they performed sexual acts as a group on him that is completely against their beliefs.:

“Would ye really approach men in your lusts rather than women? Nay, ye are a people (grossly) ignorant! But his people gave no other answer but this: They said, “Drive out the followers of Lut from your city: these are indeed men who want to be clean and pure!” But We saved him and his family, except his wife; her We destined to be of those who lagged behind. And We rained down on them a shower (of brimstone): and evil was the shower on those who were admonished (but heeded not)!” (Qur’an 27:55-58)

We live in a world full of questions, full of violence, and full of hypocrites. It may never end until we can rid ourselves of the hate, the lies, and religious bigotry. Below, is the video that supposedly sparked all this (Not accessible in all countries, due to YouTube doing its part to prevent idiots from getting all worked up over it):

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