Arab spring is no longer warm to the U.S.

Posted on September 15, 2012


Friday, 14.09.2012, 14:31 GMT +7
The U.S. ambassador to Libya and three employees were killed in an attack on the U.S. consulate for a surprise: the forces of the Arab Spring and Islamic extremists seems to be turned against the United States.

Patrick Clawson, director of research at the Institute for Near East Policy Research of Washington in Washington, said: “The big question for the U.S., and became more urgent than before the U.S. this event is how to reconcile with a world in which the government (moderate Muslims) to facilitate the extremist elements to increase their influence in the region. This is not a good motivator, and this situation will not go away and needs to be addressed. ”

U.S. ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens was killed in a city in eastern Libya where he built the basis for the Libyan rebels as they fight to overthrow the long-time enemies of the United States – he Moammar Gadhafi. Ambassador Stevens and three other Americans were killed when a mob of angry because of an anti-Muslim video production in the U.S., has stormed the consulate in Benghazi and flames offices.

In his hearing before the inauguration, Ambassador Stevens was enthusiastic about the task of building a strong relationship between the United States and a new Libya after the revolution to overthrow Gadhafi. The collapse of the regime ruled by the iron fist of Gadhafi also frees Islamist gangs small but growing of people willing to take advantage of the new freedoms as well as the liquid limit Leo security after the change of government in this country.

Right in the fight against Gadhafi, the U.S. was concerned about the presence of terrorist groups linked to Al Qaeda in Libya and the entire North African region. But the recent attacks seem by another organization, Ansar al-Sharia, began. The members of this organization closely associated with the Salafi movement is extremely conservative, rejected the influence of the West and demanded the restoration of the strict Islamic laws of the last century.

The Salafi movement forces forces behind the U.S. consulate attack seems also the force behind the violent protests in front of the U.S. embassy in Cairo. The armed smashed expressed their anger on an amateur videotape defamation against Islam and the Prophet Muhammad. This video is said to be due to a real estate dealer Israeli-American producer in California last year.

Speaking in the Rose Garden at the White House on 12/9, President Obama praised the four dead Americans as examples of “freedom and human dignity.” He even emphasized that “no one terrorist acts can obscure the light of the values ​​that we support. ”

Obama added that the U.S. government is working with Libyan authorities to “bring to justice” the mastermind of the deadly attack. He stressed, “Do not be mistaken: Justice will be executed.”

In this speech, President Obama also said that “this attack will not break the relationship between the United States and Libya”, but it’s hard to believe that this attack does not affect the relationship of the United States with Libya, with other countries in the Arab Spring and the wider Islamic world.

The anti-US protests and deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi occurs in celebration terrorist attacks on the U.S. on 9/11, as President Obama noted that on the third day ” was a sad day “for the United States, even before the events in Egypt and Libya.

This is a manifestation of the hatreds that Islamic extremists in the Arab Spring takes place for the United States. The event can also cause more doubt on the new Egypt and the intentions of the newly elected president, Mohammed Morsi, which is close to the Muslim Brotherhood organization. Certainly during his visit to the White House later this month, the threat of Islamic extremism will occupy a high position in the agenda of President Obama.

Death of a U.S. ambassador to Libya will probably strengthen the Obama administration’s suspicions against rebel forces are desperately in Syria, including the group is fighting to overthrow the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. One reason why the U.S. has not recognized opposition forces of the Assad regime is persistent misgivings about the extent to which the forces of radical Islam, including Al Qaeda, are engaged in the fight against Assad . Deputy Prime Minister of Libya, Mustafa Abushagour, condemned the murder of Ambassador Stevens as “an attack on the United States, in Libya, and in the free world”, but he Clawson doubted identifiable words This comfort will be enforced by action.

Earlier this year the new government in Libya did nothing to prevent the violent Muslim extremists against the moderate Sufi clan, just as the attack on the symbols of Western influence in Tunisia happened, no one was punished.

Clawson concluded that: “If the Libyan government does not act as those who attacked the Libyan why we hope that they will act when the attacks on the (American) we? ”

Pham Ngoc Uyen (CSM)

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