Reactions to the Libyan Atrocity: A Global Picture
September 14, 2012 • 8:29AM

A survey of international and national reactions to the killing of the U.S. Ambassador to Libya two days ago, has revealed a growing willingness to hold the Obama Administration's regime-change policy at fault for the lawlessness and crisis there. The consequences of the Obama policy are seen in the continuation of violence and strife across the region. As of Wednesday, there were three Americans who died in Benghazi, in addition to Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens.

RUSSIA. From a review of responses, in the Sept. 13 New York Times:

* Yevgeny Y. Satanovsky, President of the Institute of the Middle East, in Moscow. The Times reports: "[He] said American leaders should not expect 'one word of sympathy from their Russian counterparts. It is a tragedy to the family of the poor ambassador, but his blood is on the hands of Hillary Clinton personally and Barack Obama personally,' Mr. Satanovsky said. He said Russian warnings against intervention in the Middle East came from the bitter experience of the Soviets in Afghanistan. 'You are the Soviet Union now, guys, and you pay the price,' he said. 'You are trying to distribute democracy the way we tried to distribute socialism. You do it the Western way. They hate both.' He said dictators were preferable to the constellation of armed forces that emerges when they are unseated. 'They lynched Qaddafi — do you really think they will be thankful to you?' he said. 'They use stupid white people from a big rich and stupid country which they really hate.'"

* Aleksei K. Pushkov, the Chairman of Russia's Parliamentary Foreign Affairs Committee, wrote via Twitter, "Under Qaddafi they didn't kill diplomats. Obama and Clinton are in shock? What did they expect —'Democracy?' Even bigger surprises await them in Syria."

* Fyodor Lukyanov. The Times reports: "Lukyanov, a respected analyst and editor of Russia in Global Affairs, said violence like Tuesday's had been at the heart of Russia's warnings. He said, Russia had formulated a 'post-Cmmunist position: If you try to impose anything on others, as the Soviet Union tried to do, the result will be the opposite, and disastrous... This killing is just strengthening the views which are already quite widespread — that the Western approach to the Arab Spring is basically wrong,' Mr. Lukyanov said."

CHINA. The Sept. 13 Global Times covers the Libyan events as a reflection of failure of U.S. foreign policy:

"It is an extreme incident if an ambassador to a country is killed there. It usually signals the failure of foreign policies of the country where the ambassador is from. The US supported the Libyan war and Benghazi is the base camp of the revolution. The attack on the US ambassador there has a severe political meaning. ....Now a US ambassador has been killed in an Arab country. Though it has been more than a decade since the 9/11 attack, history hasn't really moved a long way. The latest attack may be a sign of anarchy in the region.... American diplomats face risks to their lives in many countries. This danger carries a deep political connotation. We hope the US is careful in removing the dangers in the world. It is for the safety of their diplomats, and also for world peace and stability."

SOUTH AFRICA: A diplomatic source told EIR: What happened is predictable, as a result of the regime-change, "No-Fly Zone" policy, which, he said, he had told the State Dep't about at the time. Now, the USA is pursuing this elsewhere. It is headed for this in Mali, etc.

- Continued Turmoil and Strife -

It is expected that large protest demonstrations may be occurring Friday in Egypt. On Thursday, clashes took place in Cairo near the U.S. Embassy between protesters and the Egyptian Central Security Forces. Demonstration organizers, according to the blog of former DIA specialist Pat Lang, have called for 1 million people to turn out — a number that could overwhelm embassy defenses.

Protest rallies and violence occurred in many nations on Thursday. In Yemen, four protesters are dead, after fierce clashes. Thousands were in the streets of Sanaa, with tires burning outside the U.S. embassy, and protesters at one point, threatening the main embassy gate, and attempting to break the windows of the security room. They gained access to the embassy's grounds, and burned the U.S. flag.

In Tehran, college students protested outside the Swiss Embassy, which represents U.S. interests in Iran. The police set up a five-layer security cordon, to protect the grounds and the Swiss diplomats.

In Iraq, several hundred demonstrated in Baghdad, with one leader of a Shi'ite militia threatening anti-U.S. attacks.

In Germany, security at the U.S. Embassy has been stiffened, after three consular staff were hospitalized Thursday morning. This occurred when a women took ill, after opening visa paperwork she was handed by an applicant; two other staff sickened as well. A white substance is being investigated; the man is in custody.