In case you missed the news report in between the sports updates and local weather, on the 11th anniversary of 9/11, 2 American embassies were stormed. The attack in Libya resulted in the deaths of at least 4 people, including the American Ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stephens, and the Foreign Service Information Management Officer, Sean Smith. Here is an interesting read about the reaction to these events by the US Embassy in Egypt and the American leadership. I am not often in the habit of quoting Hillary Clinton but I have to agree wholeheartedly with her statement, “There is never any justification for violent acts of this kind. ” I think it’s rather interesting to note the lack of condemnation for these attacks. Here is another report on this from CNN. Even the liberal publication, the Huffington Post, is in on the reporting, posting just hours ago about 7 embassies in the Middle East warning of possible attacks. There is no such warning on the website of the Embassy of the United States in Muscat but there is a contact number for “emergencies involving American citizens” ((968) 2464-3400)
Muscat Daily covered the attack in Egypt on the front cover today as well as a larger report on a bombing in Yemen that resulted in the deaths of 13 but failed to mention the embassy attack in Libya and murders there. Times of Oman had on their front page a report on “Jobless Youth net fish to get riches“…The last time I checked, an attack on another country’s embassy is considered an attack on their very soil and should be regarded as one of the most uncivilized things to do in diplomatic relations. Such attacks often occur as the country in which these attacks occur withdraws security from such locations in collusion or at least in agreement with such attacks. Here is a list of attacks on modern diplomatic missions that have occurred over the past 183 years – a hall of shame if you will. Local blogger, Mimi, also known as “Shy Rebellious Arab Girl”, has written about the recent attacks and her thoughts on them here. In her post, I really appreciated the video she inserted on “Remembering Ambassador Chris Stevens”.
Here’s a fascinating article from desiringGod.org that looks into the latest violence in an article titled, “The Mocking of Muhammad and the Condemning of Christ“.