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Not in the News- Libyans hold Pro-United States protest in Benghazi today to honor Chris Stevens
I haven't seen this reported in the mainstream media yet, so I wanted to share this positive story with all of you.
Today, hundreds Libyans of all ages came together near the site of the burned-out US consulate in Benghazi to honor Chris Stevens and the others killed in yesterday's attack, chanting and holding signs with red and blue lettering, reading slogans like:
"Sorry America, this is not the Pehavior [sic] of our Islam and Profit [sic]"
"Benghazi is against terrorism"
"RIP Christopher Stevens"
"Thugs and Killers don't represent Benghazi nor Islam"
"Chris Stevens was a friend to all Libyans"
Many others held signs written in Arabic. Posters at the popular news aggregator site Reddit have translated them as follows (probably not a complete list):
"No, no, no to Al Qaida"
"No to Al Qaida, no to terrorism; this is a young people's revolution"
"Arrest the killers [lit. armed men] today"
"No place for Al-Qaida here"
"The flavor of terrorism is not for Libya"
"Enough retaliation, we want [cut off, probably "peaceful"] reactions"
"Islam is innocent, the traitors are spoiling our [cut off]"
"Do you reward for good [deeds] with anything other than good [deeds]?"
"Whoever has no conscience, remember that Allah is patient with you but does not forgive the sins of unrepentant wrongdoers."
I'd like to point out that the actions these people took by protesting the terrorism is not the same as a picketing line in Chicago-- these folks put themselves in real danger by speaking out against violent factions that would be just as happy to kill THEM as us. As we move forward from this tragedy, I think many of us can agree that actions like the Libyans took today are beneficial to the healing process. My favorite sign is perhaps this one:
Following the spirit of my blog post about prejudice yesterday, I think "This does not represent us" is a sentiment we can all agree with.
Thank you to the Libyans who took part in this demonstration today, condemning the actions of killers and showing compassion for those who were slain.