Clinton: Libya Attacks By A ‘Savage Group,’ Not Libyan Government Or Its People

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton this morning condemned attacks in Benghazi, Libya at the American consulate that ended up killing U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and 3 of his deputies. The mob reacted to an anti-Islam YouTube clip that also sparked violence in Cairo yesterday. The attacks should “shock the conscience of people of all faiths around the world,” she said.

Clinton stressed that the attack should not be representative of the Libyan government, or the Libyan people:

CLINTON: We must be clear-eyed even in our grief. This was an attack by a small and savage group, not the people or government of Libya. Everywhere Chris and his team went in Libya, in a country scared by war and tyranny, they were hailed as friends and partners. And when the attack came yesterday, Libyans stood and fought to defend our post. Some were wounded. Some Libyans carried Chris’s body to the hospital and they helped rescue and lead other Americans to safety. Last night when I spoke with the President of Libya, he strongly condemned the violence and pledged every effort to protect our people and pursue those responsible.

The friendship between our countries borne out of shared struggle will not be another casualty of this attack. A free and stable Libya is still in America’s interest and security. And we will not turn our back on that.

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Indeed, a recent Gallup poll found that “U.S. support for the Libyan revolution may have generated an almost unprecedented level of goodwill toward the U.S. In 2012, 54% of Libyans approve of U.S. leadership — among the highest approval Gallup has ever recorded in the Middle East and North Africa region, outside of Israel.”