Imam speaks out against U.S. embassy attack
FORT MYERS, Fla. - "That bombing was an abomination," said Imam Mohamed Al-Darsani. "This is not Islam."
Even 6,000 miles from the US Embassy in Benghazi, Al-Darsani calls Tuesday's attack a terrible tragedy.
"Carry your signs deliver, your message, this your right," emphasized Al-Darsani. "But to attack, you cannot attack, you shouldn't. This is a crime."
Al-Darsani is the president of the Islamic Center for Peace in Fort Myers. He says the assault, that killed four Americans, is a violation of Islamic law. He says the Qur'an not only condemns killings but especially messengers, or ambassadors of a territory or country.
"I wish our people, the Muslims in the Middle East didn't react the way they reacted," expressed Al-Darsani.
This was triggered by an anti-Muslim Youtube video mocking the Prophet Muhammad. It sparked anti-Western protests that Al-Darsani and others say was just the catalyst.
"This is a reaction of what's been building up inside people for many many years," said Al-Darsani.
But he says the United States must admit to past mistakes to work toward peace in the Middle East.
"The answers are obvious," said Al-Darsani. "We need to be courageous enough to say well, let's discuss them and figure out how we can find our way out of this."