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Libyan Savages Attack

American Ambassador to Libya, three other Americans slaughtered; a nation asks "why?"

To the Editor:

In response to the savage and dastardly murder of Ambassador to Libya
Chris Stevens and three other Americans, Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton asked, "How could this happen in a country we helped liberate
in a city we helped save from destruction?” 

The Secretary appropriately voices the sentiment of the American public, which
continues to question how it is that we have created monsters in the
nations in which we have intervened, how it is that those for whom we have
sacrificed lives, blood, and treasure continue to stab their
benefactor in the back.

The reality is that there are myriad haters and savages within the
nations we have sought to liberate and in which we have sought to
instill American values of democracy and stability. We learn once
again that democracy and stability is not a "one size fits all"
proposition. Many prefer the path of hatred, violence and rage.
This is the way it has always been and likely the way it shall always be.

America's weakness is our desire to aid the oppressed. The beasts who
slaughtered Americans in this most recent atrocity serve to
demonstrate that where we are concerned, few good deeds go unpunished.

Oren Spiegler
Upper St. Clair

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Mike September 14, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Wow! How very 20th century.
Robert A. Shoaf September 14, 2012 at 03:28 PM
As a Roman Catholic, I see and hear criticism of the Church ,both valid and not, on a quite consistent basis. Other Christian denominations, and Jews as well, see much of the same, yet, we do not view large mobs of enraged, homicidal Catholics, Baptists, Jews, etc. rampaging through the streets, burning and killing. Why are Muslims unwilling to accept ANY criticism or satire of their religion,and seem to have a Pavlovian response of violence? Some call Islam a religion of peace, but it was spread by one way...... the sword.
JS September 14, 2012 at 03:48 PM
Most religions were spread, at one time or another, by the sword, including Christianity. Maybe Islam, being a relatively young religion is just catching up. Maybe this would be a much better world without religion altogether. One can only "Imagine".
Robert A. Shoaf September 14, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Islam is almost 1400 years old, vs. 2100 years or so for Christianity; i would not call it relatively young. Yes, one can say that Christianity was spread by the sword in some areas, especially the Western Hemisphere, but not as consistently by Islam. Did any area freely convert to Islam, vs, being militarily subdued? I can't think of any.
Robert A. Shoaf September 14, 2012 at 06:27 PM
Correction, Islam is almost 1,500 years old, from circa 610 A.D. Contrast with, say Sikhism, which originated around 1600 A.D.; now that is a " relatively young" religion.

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