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It is ironic and iconic that pro-Islamic protesters tried to disrupt a peaceful 9/11 event in Tampa while at the same time J. Christopher Stevens, the U.S. Ambassador to Libya, and three consulate staffers were being murdered by Islamists.
Rob Shaw from Tampa Bay Online reports, “As many Americans observed a quiet remembrance of the deadly terrorist attacks 11 years ago on American soil, the scene Tuesday outside the Hillsborough County School District was anything but solemn. There was screaming. There was shouting. There were angry words and finger pointing.”
The pro-Islamic protesters were concerned about “insults to Islam”. Pro-Islamic protesters carried signs saying “No hate in Hillsborough,” another said “Racist jerks go home”. A young Jewish protester carried a sign stating, “This Jew Stands with our Muslim Brothers”. It is unclear if he meant the Muslim Brotherhood that has taken control in Egypt, attacked the U.S. Embassy in Cairo and has called for the destruction of Israel.
Tampa was a more peaceful confrontation than in other areas in the Middle East. There were over fifty peaceful citizens who were at the school board to remember the events on 9/11 and ask the Hillsborough County School Board to ban the group CAIR from speaking to students. CAIR is an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holyland Foundation trial. The FBI directly linked CAIR to the terrorist organization HAMAS during the trial.
While the pro-Islamic protesters were few in number they were loud, shouting “Stop the War”. At one point the organizers of the 9/11 event began chanting “No More Debt” acknowledging Admiral Mullins, the former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who testified before Congress that “the greatest threat to our national security is our national debt.”
Many there to remember those lost on 9/11 tried to engage the protesters in dialogue. Several of the pro-Islam protesters called those assembled dirty names and tried to take over the 9/11 remembrance event. However, the event organizers were civil and engaging.
It is noteworthy that four Tampa police officers on motorcycles and uniformed security for the Hillsborough School Board stood by and did nothing to keep the two groups separated. Rather the police allowed the pro-Islamic protesters to cross the street and confront face-to-face those there to peacefully commemorate 9/11.
Terry Kemple, who helped organize the 9/11 rememberance, stated, “This is not anti-Muslim, this is talking about groups with ties to terrorism. We want to let the school board know there’s more than a few of us who believe that. We want the people in America to wake up.” Kemple is running for the Hillsborough County School Board.
UPDATE: ISLAMISTS DRAG DEAD BODY OF US AMBASSADOR THROUGH THE STREETS OF BENGHAZI! Warning graphic images.
VIDEO: U.S. embassies in both Cairo and Benghazi were targeted over alleged “insults” to Islam.
U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement regarding riots in Libya and Egypt that resulted in the murder of America’s ambassador to Libya and three members of his staff:
“I am deeply saddened and troubled by the mob attacks in Libya that led to the murder of our ambassador and three members of his staff. I had the chance of meeting Ambassador Chris Stevens during his confirmation process and again when I visited Libya last year. He was an exemplary diplomat and his embassy staff could not have been more helpful and knowledgeable during my visit. My prayers are with the families and loved ones of these courageous diplomats who were working to help the Libyan people rise from the ashes of Gaddafi’s rule.
“It is imperative that these senseless mob attacks be condemned by the Libyan government and that it commit to stop this violence and bring those responsible for the deaths of our American diplomats to justice. In both Libya and Egypt, their governments have an obligation to resolutely condemn these violent attacks and protect American diplomatic missions and personnel based on their soil.
“The Libyan and Egyptian people should understand that the U.S. shares their commitment to building more hopeful and prosperous nations. However, if left unchecked, violent attacks like these against our embassies and diplomats will lead Libya and Egypt down a dark path and rob them of their hopes of a more prosperous and democratic future. The broader publics in Libya and Egypt should condemn the violence and distance themselves from the unruly and intolerant elements of their society that threaten the security and future of their nations.”
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