Locals React on Libyan Attacks

By: Brian Johnson Email
By: Brian Johnson Email

The news of the attacks on US citizens and the US Ambassador to Libya spread quickly this morning around Mid-Michigan as people woke up for work.

"To commit murder for whatever reason is unacceptable, as a muslim even more so," said Dr. Abdalmajid Katranji, a hand and wrist surgeon as well as a local muslim and spokesperson for the Greater Lansing congregation. "I'm actually very upset. This is a tragedy and the people that carried out this attack need to be brought to justice."

Katranji says ambassador Chris Stevens and three others serving their country will be missed, even here in Lansing.

"Ambassador Stevens and those that were murdered need to be honored as heroes. Not just to the United States but to the middle east and to the world," said Katranji.

US Congressman Mike Rogers of Michigan, who chairs the US House Intelligence Committee quickly condemned the actions. He said in a statement:

"We cannot let this cowardly attack against our unarmed diplomats, who volunteer to represent the united states of america overseas, stand," wrote Rogers. Adding that "if the Libyans will not or cannot quickly bring these terrorists to justice, we must."

MSU Associate Professor Matthew Zierler has been studying foreign relations for years, and says he hopes this won't keep the US from aiding other countries in need.

"Even while this incident shouldn't stop us from helping others for many it is a signal or a caution that says maybe the costs aren't worth it," said Zierler.

"I think people who are trying to commit extreme acts of violence look for any excuse," said Katranji. "They really don't look for any faith based principle they really don't have any ethical principle or moral prerogative. What they are, people who can not accept anybody who disagrees with them."

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