Foreign attacks must be avenged

Foreign attacks must be avenged

This country must demand nothing less than the serious punishment of those who storm our embassies and kill our diplomats.

The recent attacks on U.S. diplomatic missions in the Middle East and the murder of four U.S. diplomats mark another abomination in an area of the world where such outrages are all too common.

Americans can only hope that President Obama's promise that "justice will be done" comes to fruition. But in the meantime, we are reminded once again of the danger posed by Islamic extremists who use murder and violence on the weakest of pretexts to achieve their political goals.

Described as incensed over a film that ridicules the Prophet Muhammad, a mob stormed and vandalized the U.S. embassy in Cairo. That quickly was followed by an attack by another mob at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Although details are incomplete as to what specifically happened, four Americans, including Libyan Ambassador Chris Stevens, were killed by the mob, some members of which reportedly were armed with sophisticated weapons like rocket-propelled grenades.

These attacks ought to finally put to rest any starry-eyed references to the so-called Arab Spring that was to give rise to blooming democracies in former authoritarian states of the Middle East. Muslim extremists are now running the government in Egypt, the protesters there having replaced a ruthless dictator, Hosni Mubarak, with even more ruthless rulers.

In Libya, the situation is less clear. However, it's hard to imagine that attacks on diplomatic missions could take place without at least the tactic approval of the government.

This is both a political and personal tragedy.

Circumstances have to be gut-wrenching for the friends, families and co-workers of the Americans who were killed.

On a political level, huge questions must be addressed, particularly the extent to which governments in these countries are willing to respect the protections afforded diplomatic missions. Countries cannot deal with each other unless they can talk to each other, and that means that diplomatic immunity — the notion that diplomatic grounds are inviolable — must be respected.

Of course, America has been through this before, more than 30 years ago when Iranian militants stormed the U.S. embassy in Tehran, took Americans hostage and held them for more than 400 days. That was an outrage, just as the recent attacks are an outrageous violation of international law. All Americans should stand with President Obama in insisting that the guilty be punished, and watch carefully to see that they are.

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Sid Saltfork wrote on September 14, 2012 at 4:09 pm

Is the News Gazette implying that the President of the United States will not see that the murderers are brought to justice?  "Americans can only hope..."  "and watch carefully to see that they are"   Gee, President Carter did not solve the Tehran hostage crisis just before President Regan was elected.  It took the CIA Director, George H. Bush, trading weapons to the new Iranian government to get the hostages back for the newly elected Ronald Regan.  What is this?  Deja vu all over again?

read the DI wrote on September 16, 2012 at 11:09 am

Who wrote this and how many drinks did they have first?

What's galling is that we've spent over a trillion dollars on the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and have lost more soldiers than the number of citizens killed in the Trade Center attacks, and to what end? It's crippled our economy and made us exactly 0% safer.

So yeah, let's do it all again!

More Americans have been murderd in Champaign County over the past couple years than in the attacks last week. Where's the N-G's call for revenge for those victims?

Sid Saltfork wrote on September 16, 2012 at 2:09 pm

The paper's opinion is similar to the other politically conservative newspapers covering the current crisis.  Check the foreign affairs advisors to the GOP candidate.  They are the same neo-conservatives that advised President Bush in starting the Iraq, and Afgan wars.  Your right about the cost in lives, and money.  However, wars support the military / industrial complex.  Halliburton, and other military contractors along with defense manufacturers make billions in profits, and employ thousands.  The Pentagon has stated that much of the hardware in the Defense budget is not necessary; but the GOP is demanding no cuts in military spending, and demanding an increase also.  The corporations will continue to make huge profits.  They will continue to  lobby Congress will big campaign donations, and consultive jobs after "public service".  That is the way it works.  It has been a proven formula since President Eisenhower left office.  He warned the country about it when he left office.   Anyone opposing going to war is always branded a coward, or traitor.  Of course, all of the "Love it, or leave it" people seem to forget their chant when the wars last too long, and too many people die.   

jthartke wrote on September 17, 2012 at 9:09 pm

"An eye for an eye, and soon the whole world is blind." - Ghandi

One can only hope that cooler heads will prevail here before things spiral out of control.

EL YATIRI wrote on September 20, 2012 at 11:09 pm
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Uhhhh, maybe the libyans were avenging the deaths of the people the USA bomb/murdered there recently.