President Obama vowed Sept. 12 to avenge the deaths of four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya, as he condemned the Sept. 11 violence in Egypt and Libya just hours after protesters stormed key diplomatic outposts in the Middle East.
"We will not waver in our commitment to see that justice is done for this terrible act," President Barack Obama said. "And make no mistake, justice will be done."
In an address delivered in the White House Rose Garden Sept. 12, the president conveyed condolences about the deaths of Ambassador Christopher Stevens, another diplomat and two State Department security officers when the Libyan consulate was stormed by protesters.
The violence in Benghazi was one of several violent protests triggered by the release of an anti-Muslim video, “Innocence of Muslims,” that ridicules the religion and casts the prophet Muhammad as a child molester, killer and womanizer.
“Chris was a courageous and exemplary representative of the United States.
Throughout the Libyan revolution, he selflessly served our country and the Libyan people at our mission in Benghazi,” said Obama. “As Ambassador in Tripoli, he has supported Libya's transition to democracy. His legacy will endure wherever human beings reach for liberty and justice.”
The president increased security for U.S. officials abroad as violence in the region continued. On Sept. 13, protesters, enraged at the low-budget film that was previewed on the Internet, burned an American flag and vandalized the U.S. embassy in Yemen.
“The film is not intended to insult the Muslim community, but it is intended to reveal truths about Muhammad that are possibly not widely known,” said a statement released by Terry Jones, distributor of the video that shows Muhammad engaging in sexual acts with a woman.
Jones is the same man who caused unrest in the Muslim community after publicly burning the Quran on Mar. 20, 2011 and streaming the video online.