Last year a gentleman, apparently by the name of Sam Bacile, produced and directed a movie that portrays Islam as a "hateful" religion.
I'm willing to bet that somewhere in that movie, he adds "violent".
When the Islamists revolted against Khaddafi, an American diplomat named J. Christopher Stevens was one of the first American Foreign Service representative to support and aid the nascent revolution -- serving as the Special Representative to the Libya Transitional national Council.
When I say that, apparently he was on the ground in Benghazi from fairly early on in the dust-up.
After the rebels won -- by no means a sure thing, by-the-by -- Stevens was named Ambassador to Tripoli in 2012.
By all accounts Ambassador Stevens genuinely liked the Libyan people, and they -- again, by all accounts -- liked him.
Ambassador Stevens seems to have thoroughly enjoyed the Middle East as a whole -- beginning as a Peace Corp volunteer in Morocco, teaching English to the locals, had a brief career doing other things, then joined the State Department, serving at such posts as Damascus, Cairo, Riyadh and Jerusalem, before being named as Ambassador to Tripoli. A fluent speaker of Arabic, he was known for wandering around the traditional areas of Cairo, jogging through the villages of Libya, and visiting souks on his ownsome at every posting he was assigned to.
Does this kind of give you an idea of the character of J. Christopher Stevens?
This was a man in the United States State Department anyone could point to and say: "Here. This man is a friend to the Arab peoples, and to Islam."
Keep that in mind.
So. Back to Sam Bacile and his movie.
He made this movie in the United States, in which he portrayed Islam as "hateful" and probably "violent".
And some locals in Benghazi decided that having their religion labeled as "hateful" and "violent" was such a travesty and an insult that the only appropriate response to such lies about "hate" and "violence" ...
... was to kill Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and several of his security detail.
"ISLAM IS NOT A RELIGION OF VIOLENCE AND HATE! AND WE'LL KILL ANYONE WHO SAYS DIFFERENT!"
Or, as in this case, they'll kill good friends of their country, their religion, and their people, if those friends happen to be handy.
As far as the response to this outrage -- this act which is casus bellorum to every civilized nation in the world -- I'm sure that our Commander-in-Chief will issue very stern reprimands, some symbolic slaps on the wrist; and -- if pressed -- the Libyans will find some poor schmuck who is willing to confess to anything to make the beating stop, and who will take the high jump with a minimum of last-minute embarrassing revelations.
Sweet Freyja on a twister mat, but doesn't it feel like 1979 all over again?
If I see Carter going into the White House to offer advice to Obama, I'm probably going to destroy something.
EDIT: Apparently after they got done killing the Ambassador, they dragged his body through the streets, snapping cell-phone pictures and generally having a grand old time.
I will not link to the pictures, out of respect for the kith and kin of the murdered diplomat.
I do note, however, that our Dear Commander-in-Chief swears that the murderers are simply carrying the dead man to the hospital -- cell-phone pictures being critical to that process.
Words cannot express the fury I am feeling right now.