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US should introspect root cause of 'Benghazi tragedy'

(People's Daily Online)

08:10, September 18, 2012

U.S. ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and another three diplomats were killed in an anti-U.S. protest in Benghazi, Libya on the night of Sept. 11.

This is the first U.S. ambassador who has been killed on duty since 1979. The violent act against diplomatic personnel evoked strongest condemnation from international community.

The direct cause of the violent attack is a U.S. anti-Islamic film which insults the Prophet Muhammad. Egypt and other Islamic countries also join the anti-U.S. protests. Obviously, the violent attack reveals the drawbacks of U.S. policy in the Middle East.

More than one year ago, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) members insisted on using military attacks to promote the regime change in Libya. Many analysts warned that as the complex internal conflicts in Libya has existed for a long time, the external military intervention might lead to a chaotic situation in the country.

Now, the death of U.S. diplomatic personnel in Benghazi highlights the fragile security situation and severe internal conflicts in Libya. Many "liberated" Libyans do not have any gratitude to the United States as expected.

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