Libyan Ambassador Christopher Stevens died in an attack on the American Consulate in Benghazi, Libya after protests broke out there and in Cairo. Three other American diplomatic staff members were also killed. President Obama strongly condemned the attack earlier this morning.
Mr. Stevens was the first American ambassador to be killed in the line of duty in 33 years.
Outraged Muslim protestors were apparently reacting to a cartoonish video depicting the life of the prophet Mohammed. The film was allegedly produced by a contingent of anti-Islamic activists here in the United States.
Max Fisher is an associate editor at The Atlantic. Akbar Ahmed is chair of Islamic studies at American University and
Pakistan’s former ambassador to Pakistan Pakistan’s former ambassador to the United Kingdom. He is also author of the upcoming book, "The Thistle and the Drone: How America's War on Terror Became a Global War on Tribal Islam."