Hillary: Benghazi After 9/11/12 Attack Was 'Inspiring Sight'

By Melanie Arter | October 15, 2012 | 10:15am EDT

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (AP Photo)

(CNSNews.com) – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Friday that the scene in Benghazi, Libya after the deadly Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate there was "an inspiring sight" that "points to the undimmed promise of the Arab Spring.

“And on their own initiative, the people of Benghazi overran extremist bases and insisted that militias disarm and accept the rule of law,' Clinton said in a speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. "That was as inspiring a sight as any we saw in the revolutions, and it points to the undimmed promise of the Arab Spring."

Terrorists linked to al Qaeda attacked the U.S consulate on the eleventh anniversary of the 9/11/01 terrorist attacks The terrorists killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens.

“As we’ve warned from the beginning, there are extremists who seek to exploit periods of instability and highjack these Democratic transitions, all the while al Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb and other terrorist groups are trying to expand their reach from a new stronghold in northern Mali,” Clinton said.

“But, that is not the full story--far from it," she said. "The terrorists who attacked our mission in Benghazi do not represent the millions of Libyan people who want peace and deplore violence.

“Tens of thousands of Libyans poured into the streets to mourn Ambassador Stevens who had been a steadfast champion of their revolution” in the days following the Benghazi attack,” Clinton said. “You saw the signs. One read: ‘Thugs and killers don’t represent Benghazi or Islam.’"

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