Attack on US consulate in Libya deplorable: UAE papers

September 13th, 2012 - 11:03 pm ICT by IANS  

Abu Dhabi, Sep 13 (IANS/WAM) Leading English dailies of the UAE have said the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi in which four Americans, including ambassador Christopher Stevens, were killed was an “unfortunate” but deplorable act.

Gulf News said in an editorial: “The activities of the US State Department employees around the world have nothing to do with what private Americans may or may not be doing in their home country, and the right way to combat any anti-Muslim prejudice or propaganda in the US is through the courts in America.”

“If the video was designed to inflame Muslim opinion then it is wrong. But even if it was wrong, attacking American embassies is also wrong and will do not good,” the Gulf News said.

Khaleej Times, commenting on the same issue, said in an editorial: “Libya is in the grip of chaos. The killing of the US envoy and three other embassy staff in Benghazi over a documentary made by a California-based Israeli filmmaker that allegedly indulges in blasphemy is unfortunate.”

“It is incumbent upon the US authorities to deal with the issue in an objective manner, and investigate the causes behind the rage. The point is there shouldn’t be any politics or taking of sides over such an issue and those responsible for fomenting the discord, as well as those indulging in violence, should be taken to task,” it said.

The National, in an editorial titled “Fight extremists on both sides after Libya attack”, said: “It is an unfortunate fact of international affairs that such petty figures command any influence at all.”

“Now it is Washington’s responsibility to avoid over-reacting to this provocation in Benghazi, despite the tragic deaths of Mr. Stevens and his colleagues. Extremism on both sides fuels a feedback loop of outrage that benefits only the lunatic fringe. And who loses? All those who favour peaceful understanding between cultures.”


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