Transcript for Sec. Clinton: Attack in Benghazi Should Shock People of All Faiths
Yesterday Howard US diplomatic post and then got -- Libya. Was -- -- off heavily armed militants assaulted the compound. And set fire to our buildings. American and Libyan security personnel battled... See More
Yesterday Howard US diplomatic post and then got -- Libya. Was -- -- off heavily armed militants assaulted the compound. And set fire to our buildings. American and Libyan security personnel battled the attackers together. Four Americans were killed. They included Shawn Smith. A foreign service information management officer. And our ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens. We are still making next of kin notification split the other two individuals. This is an attack that should shocked the conscience of people of all states around the world. We condemn in the strongest terms. This senseless. Act of violence. And we send our prayers to the families friends. And colleagues. Of those we lost. All over the world everyday. America's diplomats and development experts risk their lives. In the service of our country and our values. Because they believe that the United States must be a force for peace and progress in the world. That these aspirations. Are worth striving and sacrificing. For. Alongside our men and women in uniform they represent the best traditions. Maple and generous nation. In the lobby. This building the State Department. The names of those who have fallen in the line of duty are inscribed. In marble. Our hearts break over each one. And now because of this tragedy. We have new heroes to honor. And more friends. To -- Chris Stevens fell in love with the Middle East. As a young peace corps volunteer teaching English in Morocco. He joined the foreign service learn languages. One friends for America in distant places and made other people's hopes his own. In the early days of the Libyan revolution. I asked Chris to be our. Envoy. To the rebel opposition. He arrived on a cargo ship in the -- have been -- And began building our relationships. With Libya's revolutionaries. He risked his life to stop -- tyrants. Then gave his life trying to help build a better Libya. The world needs more Chris Stevenson's. I spoke with his sister and this morning and told her. That he will be remembered as a hero by many nations. Sean Smith. With an air force veteran. He spent ten years as -- information management officer in the State Department. He was posted at The Hague. And was in Libya on -- brief temporary assignment. He was husband. To his wife Heather with whom I spoke this morning. He was a father to two young children. -- man and Nathan. They will grow up being proud of the service their father -- to our country. Service that took him from Pretoria. To Baghdad. And finally -- The mission that drew Chris and Sean and their colleagues to Libya. Is both noble and necessary. And we and the people of Libya honors their memory by carrying it forward. This is not easy. Today many Americans are asking. Indeed. I asked myself. How could this off. How could this happen in a country. We helped liberate. In a city we help saved from destruction. This question reflects just how complicated. And at times. How -- founding. The world can be. But we must be clear dry even in our -- This was an attack. By a small and savage group. Not the people or government of Libya. Everywhere Chris and his team winds in Libya. In a country scarred by war and tyranny they were hailed as friends and partners. And when the attack came yesterday. Libyans stood and fought to defend our post. Some were wounded. Libyans -- prince's body to the hospital. And they helped rescue and lead other Americans to safety. And last night when I spoke with the president of Libya he strongly condemned the violence and pledged every effort. To protect our people and pursuit dose response. The friendship between our countries. Worn out -- shared struggle. Will not be another casualty. Of this attack. A free and stable Libya is still. In America's interest. And security. And we will not turn our back on off. Nor will we rest until those responsible for these attacks are found and brought to justice. We are working closely with the Libyan authorities to move swiftly and surely. We are also working with partners around the world to safeguard other American embassies. Consulates and citizens. There will be more time later to reflect but today we have work to do. There is no higher priority than protecting our men and women where -- they serve. We are working to determine the precise motivations and methods of those who carried out this assault. Some have sought to justify this vicious behavior along with the protest. That took place at our embassy in Cairo yesterday. As a response to inflammatory material posted on the Internet. America's commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the very beginning of our nation. But let me be clear. There is no justification. For this. Not and violence like this. Is no way to honor religion or faith. And as long as there are those who would take innocent life in the name of god. The world will never know it's true and lasting peace. It is especially difficult. That this happened on September 11. It's an anniversary that means a great deal to all Americans. Every year on that -- we are reminded that our work is not yet finished. That the job of putting an end to violent extremism. And building a safe and stable world continues. But September 11 means even more than that. It is -- day on which we remembered thousands of American heroes. The bonds that connect all Americans. Wherever we are on this earth. And the values that see us through every storm. And now it is today on which we will remember. Sean Chris and their it's. May god bless them. And may god bless the thousands of Americans working in every corner of the world. Who make this country. The greatest force. For peace prosperity. And progress. And de force. That has always stood. For human dignity. The greatest force the world has -- And may god continue to bless the United States. --
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