50 Marines sent to Libya after American diplomats killed, Egyptians fly al Qaeda flag in Cairo
By Madison Ruppert
Editor of End the Lie
After today’s events in Libya and Egypt, it will be much more difficult for the United States government and the controlled establishment media to continue to promulgate the false narrative of “successful” and “peaceful” revolutions.
Of course, for those who were keeping up with these issues, it was clear it was never about so-called democratic protesters or reform. This was reinforced by the quick recognition of the al Qaeda-affiliated rebels in Libya and the funding of the Egyptian military dictatorship despite the countless human rights violations and genuine concerns of the people of Libya and Egypt.
It’s quite unfortunate to say that this type of activity is hardly surprising given the Libyan rebels have been directly linked to heinous racist crimes and other human rights violations with very little in the way of freedom.
The attack in Libya, which Danger Room called, “a pitched battle,” is quite troubling, not only since it resulted in the tragic death of four Americans, but also because U.S. personnel repeatedly tried, and failed, to regain control of the consulate.
Now a team of 50 Marines have arrived in Libya to lock down the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, where the staff from the Benghazi consulate was evacuated to after Libyan security forces and a local militia assisted American efforts to suppress the attack and remove the diplomats.
The incident is surrounded in much confusion, mystery and misinformation since, “much of what has been initially reported in the media on Wednesday has proven incorrect. And it was provided to reporters late Wednesday afternoon by Obama administration officials who would not speak for the record,” according to Danger Room.
The assault began around 4 p.m. EST on September 11, 2012 when a group of unknown Libyans began their attack on a group of buildings currently being utilized by the U.S. State Department as their consulate in the former rebel stronghold of Benghazi.
The diplomats apparently had no idea that there was an attack in their immediate future when they conducted their security review ahead of the 11th anniversary of the tragic events of 9/11.
To make matters even worse, the consulate in Benghazi was significantly more vulnerable than typical diplomatic compounds since they had no reinforced doors, bulletproof glass or any of the other standard security features.
Furthermore, Libyan security guards were supposedly outside the walls of the compound providing an additional layer of security with a State Department security force of an undisclosed size inside.
The attack involved small arms fire and set the main building ablaze, killing four people including Sean Smith, a Foreign Service Information Management Officer assigned to the consulate, who made a quite interesting statement to a member of his online gaming guild before he was killed.
On Tuesday, Smith wrote to the director of his guild in the popular game EVE Online, “Assuming we don’t die tonight. We saw one of our ‘police’ that guard the compound taking pictures,” according to a blog post by an online friend of Smith.
According to Danger Room, “The consulate was under siege, and within hours, a mob would attack, killing Smith along with three others, including the U.S. ambassador.”
If Smith rightly identified one of the so-called police guarding the compound taking pictures of the facility, it very well might indicate that the Libyan security forces, at least those in Benghazi, are working with those who actually carried out the attack.
Of course, we have no clue who they actually are at this point nor do we know what their motives are and if it will be an isolated incident.
In Egypt, several hours before the U.S. consulate came under siege in Benghazi, Libya – the same place where an al Qaeda flag was raised in triumph last year – the U.S. embassy in Cairo became the focal point for protests involving many “ultraconservative Salafists,” according to Long War Journal.
These protesters were, “chanting anti-US slogans in angry reaction to the negative portrayal of Islam in the film on YouTube. Many of the protesters were ultraconservative Salafists, and some were chanting ‘We are all Osama,’ Long War Journal reported via The Associated Press.
Oddly enough, even when protesters scaled the embassy walls, broke into the compound and replaced the American flag with the black flag of al Qaeda, the Egyptian security guards did nothing to stop them.
One senior Egyptian security official told The Associated Press that the protest was permitted because it was “peaceful.”
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