Secretary Clinton Condemns Violence in Egypt, Libya, and Yemen

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
September 13, 2012

Today, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Moroccan Foreign Minister Saad-Eddine Al-Othmani launched the U.S.-Morocco Strategic Dialogue at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. Before addressing the first session of this Strategic Dialogue, Secretary Clinton commented on events unfolding in the world. The Secretary said:

"We are closely watching what is happening in Yemen and elsewhere, and we certainly hope and expect that there will be steps taken to avoid violence and prevent the escalation of protests into violence.

"I also want to take a moment to address the video circulating on the internet that has led to these protests in a number of countries. Let me state very clearly -- and I hope it is obvious -- that the United States Government had absolutely nothing to do with this video. We absolutely reject its content and message. America's commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the very beginning of our nation. And as you know, we are home to people of all religions, many of whom came to this country seeking the right to exercise their own religion, including, of course, millions of Muslims. And we have the greatest respect for people of faith.

"To us, to me personally, this video is disgusting and reprehensible. It appears to have a deeply cynical purpose: to denigrate a great religion and to provoke rage. But as I said yesterday, there is no justification, none at all, for responding to this video with violence. We condemn the violence that has resulted in the strongest terms, and we greatly appreciate that many Muslims in the United States and around the world have spoken out on this issue.

"Violence, we believe, has no place in religion and is no way to honor religion. Islam, like other religions, respects the fundamental dignity of human beings, and it is a violation of that fundamental dignity to wage attacks on innocents. As long as there are those who are willing to shed blood and take innocent life in the name of religion, the name of God, the world will never know a true and lasting peace. It is especially wrong for violence to be directed against diplomatic missions. These are places whose very purpose is peaceful: to promote better understanding across countries and cultures. All governments have a responsibility to protect those spaces and people, because to attack an embassy is to attack the idea that we can work together to build understanding and a better future."

You can read the Secretary's full remarks here.



Susan C.
Florida, USA
September 13, 2012

Susan C. in Florida writes:

I would just like to thank President Obama and Secretary Clinton for their courage in the face of these terrible events. Thank you for your dignity and deep understanding of the importance of what is happening right now. There is no room for political "statements" at such a sad and critical time. My heart goes out to all the embassy staff around the world. What a frightening time for them all. And President Obama, I want you to know that as an average American citizen, I am with you 100%!

South Korea
September 13, 2012

Palgye in South Korea writes:


Massachusetts, USA
September 13, 2012

Maureen in Massachusetts writes:

The eloquence of Secretary Clinton's remarks and those of the President Obama have been timely, precise and have hopefully helped appease a tragic situation unfolding hourly. The caution and discipline exercised is so necessary in this challenging time. To the families of the fallen heroes know that the gratitude is immense. If there is any solace to be had it would possibly be that the Libyan citizens assisted the personnel under attack.

And yet words fall dull and empty and the ink is dry. A collective pause as the naked dignity of our nation looks us straight in the eye. They gave their lives so that we may speak freely so choose your words ever so carefully. And cowardly hate speech you are too easy to summon but show me the courage of making peace?

But I am no Maya Angelou and could never pretend to be. She will hopefully write.

For me diplomacy is such that there is no end game. The sum of all that we have achieved to date and all that we aspire to be. The goal of peace and the cruel irony within that pursuit. The bravery, tolerance and courage required to dare work towards peaceful relations in the most challenging of times. The endurance to face hatred and reject it wholeheartedly. To work and live with people not necessarily in the same “place” but to strive to achieve this delicate balance. All this simultaneously, in all corners of the world. “The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dream shall never die” -Ted Kennedy.

Alexando C.
September 14, 2012

Alexando C. in Uruguay writes:

Excelent note. I suport republicans but thas the way. Congratulations.

joe p.
Washington, USA
September 14, 2012

Joe P. in Washington writes:

Secretary Clinton does not state usa recognition of poverty as a security and humanitarian issue. It is common knowledge that usa has no legal or political ability to respond to rampant Islamic poverty, never the less, we must recognize poverty as an underlying global security issue. The economic facts demand this recognition as well as the facts of the human conditions under rampant poverty. We cannot simply conclude that it was a rouge utube video that has incited an ignorant mob, when in reality, the majority of humanity exists under poverty conditions. We cannot simply dismiss terrorists as a military threat and fail to recognize that terrorism is a desperate expression from traumatized elements of humanity that exist in poverty. To do so, would be to mislead ourselves into a false analysis of human conditions and behavior that present violent threats to our civilization.

New Mexico, USA
September 14, 2012

Eric in New Mexico writes:

Niel Armstrong's passing reminded me that humanity can and will achieve great things so long as it takes the chance to, and there are those still with the gumption to try.

Seeing his first steps for mankind on a black and white TV in '69 convinced me.

Yet belief in absolutes cause folks to look beyond themselves for the answers to our common problems with each other; as a general manifestation of thin-skinned delicate egos who's gotten their panties all in a bunch.

About just about anything at all, let alone religion.

Thinking a gun is going to solve their problems.

Or our's, as a nation.

Not sure which...

Does it even matter?

The violently ireconcilable to a more peaceful existance needn't hold humanity back, but it will take similar collective will as getting to the moon entailed to address their collective hatred..

and the WMD threat to all modern civilization.


Texas, USA
September 14, 2012

Doaalbrahim in Texas writes:

As Moslem and Arab American, I strongly condemn this disgusting act of violence and killing that took place against US in the Arab World. Our prophet is a man of Peace. If he was living among us now he would never approve such acts based on his teachings of love and mercy. The Prophet would never accept that if few people made unspeakable mistake, then Moslems would do the same.

May God bless all Religions, and all Mankind and May God bless the United States of America.

September 14, 2012

Henry writes:

It has been a unfortunate week for Middle Eastern Policy and International Law,yes it is an "Act of War" overtaking any Dipomatic Representations:Causing damage,promoting murder on first degree of Diplomatic Personnel,fostering and arming terrorrist movements,violating International Treaty s of what relates to Diplomatic Embassies, Rights and Immunity Sections clearly established by, and strongly expressed by Law.Thier has been so many violations on these travesty of justice,that once establish the malice of the mastermind ;use all the tools of International Law to give justice based on horrific evidence seen on CNN and other sources.

Mrs.Secretary Of State,your endless and well established and responsable reaction has been well documented response.Too unertake such complex task,most be overwhelming...

As a Law student,I ponder on future events that may arise.Thier is no excuse,based in these scenarios that should blame the United States, interest for peace in the region.Thier should be a Red Alert for all Diplomatic Representations in theMiddle East.Including allies :Germany,Switzerland,France,United States,United Kingdom,Australia,Holy Vatican.

Nora C.
Oklahoma, USA
September 14, 2012

Nora C. in Oklahoma writes:

I, too, admire the cautious but distinct words of both Secretary Clinton and President Obama. Many in this country apparently equate machismo with power, and blustering with diplomacy. We benefit from the intelligence, discipline and wise understanding of our leaders at a time like this, when many inside and outide of the country are trying to dictate reckless bravado.

I too am proud to be a democrat with Mr. Obama in the White House right now.

September 14, 2012

Natasa in the Netherlands writes:

I will always have many reservations about the post of US Foreign Secretary, and the US government as a whole, but Hillary Clinton's speech condeming violence in the name of religion and yet standing up for the freedom of speech and human dignity is truly heroic and brilliant.

This represents a tectonic shift in world politics, and I am certain that in time, it will reverberate positively around the planet.

Well done foreign secretary!!!

Massachusetts, USA
September 14, 2012

Maureen in Massachusetts writes:

@ Joe P. in Washington

Archive “Food Security and National Security” and you will find extensive discussion on this subject within the blog. You will not be disappointed.

Brad B.
September 14, 2012

Brad B. in Canada writes:

A large number of Islamic countries engage in the dissemination of hatred against non-Islamic religions at the highest levels. State-run media, sermons and speeches by members of government are all involved and Morsi's demand that the US prosecute the film-maker, is unacceptably hypocritical.

With this background, Clinton's disavowal of the film in question is unnecessary and appears as groveling.

Susan K.
New York, USA
September 14, 2012

Susan K. in New York writes:

I humbly request that Secretary Clinton delivers a speech about religion. I believe it needs to be made clear that in the general culture of the U.S., it is assumed that "God" does not call for violence if "His" name is desecrated. Whether people believe in something like a heaven or a hell or otherwise, it is not generally thought that a crackpot religious fanatic is worth the lives of bystanders. It should also be acknowledged that many people of the Islamic faith do not believe the violence is appropriate. A heartfelt speech about religion--one that shames the violent reaction in the context of what "God" or any prophet would want--may be one of the few avenues that can reach some of these extremists.

Thank you for reading.

Virginia, USA
September 16, 2012

Donald M. in Virginia writes:

Since Osama bin ladens right hand man was born in Egypt, the tape that surfaced was a man from Egypt, corner stone of the violence escalated by one its own people. No us dollars should be sent to a country that burns our US Flag and destroys our American citizens. What doesn't surprise me is how Saudi Arabia continues to make billions on oil sales, while the violence raises. More terrorism, more Saudi Riyals for the royal family. What a thought, since Osama bin laden was a Saudi born natural. Saudi Arabia and Egypt have played the world, along with Pakistan, and how is all those years Osama bin laden stayed in Pakistan, the Prime Minister at the time claimed amnesia. If terrorism increases, oil and gas increase. Decrease in terrorism, decrease in prices on oil and gas. This is not rocketscience. Its ever since OPEC was created for oil tycoons in the middle east to dictate to the world how religion was the focus, but it never was, pure oil and greed.

Larry K.
Nebraska, USA
September 18, 2012

Larry K. in Nebraska writes:

Interesting Secretary Clinton would find a video so offensive to a religion , when in sept of 1999, she defended an exhibit to be displayed at the Brooklyn museum of art depicting a picture of the Holy Virgin Mary smeared with elephant dung and porno magazine cutouts on it. How soon we forget.

September 21, 2012

Curtis writes:

Murder of innocent people in the name of protecting your religion is throughout history, a sad statement of humanity.


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