Libyans living in central Ohio said that they were distraught over the attacks of a US embassy that ended in the deaths of four Americans.
Two dozen Libyan Americans gathered at The Ohio State University Wednesday evening to pay respect to the lives lost and to send a very clear message.
Dr. Mahdi Elkhammas said that when Libya entered a period of healing and reconciliation after the fall of Moammar Gaddaffi, much of the credit was given to the United States.
“America was seen as the savior of the revolution,” Elkhammas said.
Gratitude and hope turned to horror with the news of the attack on the US Consulate, and the murder of the US Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.
“This does not represent Islam or Muslims or even humanity,” Dr. Nagah Elarossi Eldoghril said. “It's very tragic event today, to me and all Libyans.”
Some who attended said that they feared for the future of their homeland, and its relationship with the country they now call home.
“We would not bite the hand that extended to help us,” Elkhammas said.”This is erratic behavior from a fanatic group.”
Those in attendance expressed hope that those behind this attack will swiftly be brought to justice.
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