U.S. ambassador killed in Libya

September 12th, 2012

Christopher Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya, and three other embassy staff members were killed in an attack in Benghazi. The attack occurred as Ambassador Stevens was being rushed out of the consulate. The gunmen blamed the United States for what they believe to be an insulting film about the Prophet Mohammed. International relations professor Charles Stith, director of BU’s African Presidential Center, is a former U.S. ambassador to Tanzania. He offers the following comment on the attack:

“First of all, having served as the U.S. ambassador in Tanzania in the aftermath of the 1998 bombing, I know something of the trauma experienced by our brave women and men on the ground in Egypt and Libya. My sympathies and prayers go out to them and their families, and especially for the family of Ambassador Chris Stevens.

“We must resist the temptation to respond reflexively to the extremist elements responsible for these heinous attacks as well as the provocation that sparked the attacks. We cannot allow extremists on any side to dictate the terms of discourse or dialogue in the public square or the efforts to bring peace to parts of the world that have long been bastions of oppression.”

Contact Stith at 617-353-5452; crstith@bu.edu

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