U.S., NATO Bombed Libya Out Of Existence, Target Syria Next: Former Russian Envoy

Tuesday, September 18, 2012
By Paul Martin

By Stop NATO
Global Research
September 18, 2012

Will the U.S. learn a lesson from the death of its Ambassador in Libya?

Andrei Rezchikov

America and NATO bombed Libya and suffered as a result. These are the fruits of their own air raids. The country is divided, and it is not clear whether it will survive as a single state.

One should understand the cause of all of this, and it lies in the fact that a country has been bombed out of existence. It is difficult to say how we can restore it. The Americans are trying to repeat this in Syria, and this is dangerous.

Russia’s former Ambassador to Tripoli attributes the death of the U.S. Ambassador to miscalculations in Washington’s policy.

Former Russian Ambassador to Libya Veniamin Popov: “The U.S. has a lesson to learn from the death of its Ambassador in Libya.” Source: ITAR-TASS

On September 12, 2012, U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, and three members of the embassy staff died in a rocket attack in the city of Benghazi.

The Ansar al-Sharia rebel group that launched the assault said the attack was a response to the American film “Innocence of Muslims,” which it claims is an insult to the Prophet Muhammad. Just one day before the assault in Libya, the U.S. diplomatic mission in the capital of neighboring Egypt was also attacked.

The last incident of this nature occurred in 1979, when U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Adolph Dubs was kidnapped and killed. His death prompted a hardening of Washington’s policy towards the country and, ultimately, contributed to the course of events that led up to the war in Afghanistan.

In the following interview, former Russian ambassador to Libya and current Director of Foreign Relations at the Islamic Culture, Science and Education Fund, Veniamin Popov, reflects on the causes of the tragedy in Benghazi, what lessons the U.S. should take from it and whether Washington will change its attitude to Tripoli.

Vzglyad: Will the U.S. break off diplomatic relations with Libya?

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