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POLL: U.S. Response To Mid-East Protests?

What should the U.S. be doing in response to the recent violence and protests in the Middle East and North Africa? Vote in our poll below.

It has been a week filled with violence, protests and chaos in the Middle East and Northern Africa. Angry protesters in numerous Muslim countries are burning buildings and demonstrating against the U.S. and an alleged anti-Islam film, according to the Associated Press.

On September 11, an attack against the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, left the U.S. Ambassador to Libya and three Americans dead.

Today, protests have erupted after Friday's weekly prayer, including in Egypt, Sudan, Tunisia, Pakistan and Yemen, the Associated Press reports.

The AP is also reporting today that protesters "smashed into the German Embassy in the Sudanese capital and security forces in Egypt and Yemen fired tear gas and clashed with protesters to keep them away from U.S. embassies."

According to reports, the U.S. sent about 50 marines to Libya following the Sept. 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate.

What do you think the United States should be doing in response to this world violence? Vote in our poll below and share your comments in the comment section at the end of this story.

Bjorn Olsson September 17, 2012 at 10:48 PM
Not sure what you mean by "those nations could own us." It is very likely true that part of the animosity in say, Egypt, comes from the US supporting Mubarak for so long. But a lot of it is rooted in the support for Israel too. You can't expect some kind of direct response, as in "we paid you a million dollars, now do exactly what we say," but being at the table gives you more than if you're not.
J. Cattano September 18, 2012 at 12:40 AM
You sound so ridiculous McVetty... still blaming everything on the "black" man. Come on - this is getting soooo old.
Bjorn Olsson September 18, 2012 at 03:36 AM
Francis, I can't really say that I understand electricity or the internet myself, but I know how to use both of them, just now I went to check on that condescending remark, for instance, and learned that there are 31 million internet users in Egypt, just shy of 40% of the population. I will assume they have electricity as well. A couple of them probably even know how to get you YouTube.
John Anderson September 18, 2012 at 12:36 PM
So Bjorn, why doesn't he exercise some of his expertise? Why are people burning images of him? Seems like no matter what he does or doesn't do, you will love him always...that's your choice. I'm waiting for Obama to take to the microphone (and teleprompter of course) and give a 40 minute speech in Arabic.
Bjorn Olsson September 18, 2012 at 01:05 PM
John, I don't think I am particularly in love with Obama, as you put it. I have a problem with the extreme nut case narratives (Obama is a secret socialist muslim, hellbent on destroying the country, bla bla bla) since they make it almost impossible to have an adult conversation about the actual man in the White House, rather than the imaginary president in Eastwood's chair.

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