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Attack on US ambassador highlights fragility of new regime: Queen's University expert

2012-10-02

Queen’s University American foreign policy expert Brandon Tozzo is available to comment on the death of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three others in the American envoy in Libya. The US ambassador and three of his staff were killed in the attack on the US consulate in the eastern city of Benghazi.

“Although it is commonplace to satire religious and political leaders in the West, it is against Islam to personify Allah or Mohammed,” says Mr. Tozzo, a PhD student in political studies. “Muslim people have responded to parodies of Mohammed and Islam with outrage and, at times, violence. The most memorable and widespread protests occurred in 2005 as a reaction to a Danish newspaper publishing cartoons that depicted Mohammed as a terrorist.

“The attacks also highlight the fragility of the new regime. It was only last year that  Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi was overthrown by Libyan protesters, with the backing of the US, during the Arab Spring uprisings.  The deaths of the four Americans could potentially sour relations between Washington and the new Libyan government and raises questions about the stability and security of Libya.”

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