Local former U.S. Ambassador speaks out on Libya attack - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Local former U.S. Ambassador speaks out on Libya attack

On Wednesday U.S. officials announced the Pentagon is moving two warships to the Libyan coast after the deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate that killed four American diplomats including Libyan U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

This was the second attack in Africa on Tuesday after protesters stormed the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt. Officials say the reasoning behind the protests and mob attacks was a U.S. made Youtube anti-Islam video, but others are skeptic that this could be a pre-planned terrorist attack coinciding with the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

KCBD NewsChannel 11 spoke to former U.S. Ambassador Tibor Nagy who is currently serving as the Texas Tech Vice Provost for International Affairs. Nagy spent more than 20 years in Africa serving as either U.S. Ambassador or Deputy Ambassador to several countries. He says this attack is too suspicious to just be a mob uprising.

"I suspected as soon as I heard about this that this was not just some random action. I think when all the investigations are done there's probably some real intent and planning behind this," Nagy said. "This is not the fault of the Libyan people. This is the fault of some of these groups after the downfall of Colonel Moammar Gadhafi, some are probably tied to Al-Qaeda. This is what they do, they want to commit murder and we're their chief targets."

Nagy says the four American deaths are an absolute tragedy, and that many American don't realize just how dangerous the jobs of U.S. Ambassadors can be on a daily basis.

"Stevens was a phenomenal guy. He is a huge, huge friend of Libyans. Everyone says he was the best friend Libya had," Nagy said.

The Libyan Government apologized for the deadly attacks on Tuesday. While there were several anti-American protests continuing in Africa, there were also several pro-American movements as well.

President Obama has sent a special group of Marines to protect the remaining Americans in Libya. U.S. officials are also investigating whether this was a terrorist plot on 9/11.

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