WASHINGTON, September 12, 2012 – The American Islamic Congress (AIC) expresses its deepest condolences to the families of four fellow Americans killed in Benghazi, Libya yesterday, including U.S. Ambassador to Libya John Christopher Stevens, Foreign Service Officer Sean Smith, and two other civilians yet to be named by the U.S. Department of State.
AIC joins the nation in mourning the tragic loss of life and in expressing our sympathies to the families, friends and colleagues of these brave Americans who were in Libya to serve our country.
AIC, in the strongest of terms, unequivocally condemns these attacks against our diplomatic missions in Benghazi and Cairo. The taking of these innocent lives is not justifiable for any reason.
While details continue to emerge about yesterday’s deplorable incidents, AIC is more determined than ever to continue working on the ground in this region to encourage the growth of civil society and promote respect for human and civil rights, including free speech and religious freedom. AIC also encourages responsible leaders to recognize that they carry the burden of confronting extremism and protecting the lives of civilians.