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Attack on US Consulate in Benghazi

September 13, 2012

Foreign Minister Bob Carr today condemned the attack of the United States Consulate in Benghazi, Libya and the killing of US Ambassador Christopher Stevens and his colleagues.

“This was a barbaric attack and it deserves the strongest condemnation,” Senator Carr said.

“Ambassador Chris Stevens was a friend to Australia.

“When we were trying to exert pressure to get Melinda Taylor freed, Chris Stevens was one of the people on the ground in Libya who made representations on our behalf and for her release.

“And he was a diplomat doing his job for his nation – seeking to build bridges between America and the people of Libya.

“There’s a very important principle in this – that diplomats should be protected and should be immune from this sort of attack.

“They are unarmed and they are easy targets but the international system is based on the work they do.”

Senator Carr said condolences for Ambassador Stevens’ death had been passed on to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and US ambassador in Australia Mr Jeffrey Bleich.

“This attack from the political sidelines is a reminder that the politics of Libya are complex and fragile,” Senator Carr said.

“Libya is a country finding its way out of the wreckage of decades of dictatorship, and struggling with the challenges of rogue militia and Gaddafi sympathisers.

“The perpetrators of this attack must be brought to justice. And President Magariaf and his Government deserve our support as they seek to do so.”

The US Consulate in Benghazi was attacked and set alight late on September 11 (Benghazi time). Ambassador Stevens and other diplomats were killed while overseeing the evacuation of other staff. The deaths were confirmed by the US State Department at approximately 10.30pm September 12 AEST.

  1. September 13, 2012 11:35 am

    I agree with everything you say, Bob, re this terrible crime. But in life whenever there is a killing, the motive plays a big part in our response, not to excuse the crime, but to understand and prevent recurrences. In this case, delving the motives of the ugly response, we have a good idea that they may be many recurrences, and that we need to address root causes. People acting supposedly in our name as this film maker claims he’s doing, cannot go on aggressing the Muslim world and faith and not drag us into further horrors

  2. Ross Chambers permalink
    September 14, 2012 9:23 am

    Dear Senator Carr,

    Perhaps while you are in condemnatory mode you might consider “Sam Bacile”–living under the free speech aegis of America and Pastor Terry Jones, fomenter of freely spoken incitement to hatred? Please put your USA-ophilia into a world and historical perspective. I believe that the Nazi film, “THe Eternal Jew” would be happily carried by the American company Youtube in the name of “free speech” (it probably is, I’m not going to look for it)

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