Congressman Pete Olson

Representing the 22nd District of Texas


September 12, 2012
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Pete Olson (TX-22) today issued the following statement in response to attacks on Americans in Egypt and Libya:

"The vicious murders of four Americans in Libya, including our US Ambassador, Chris Stevens, as well as the breach of our embassy in Cairo, Egypt, are deplorable and unjustified.  Religious beliefs are important and deserve respect, but the disrespect shown by a few never justify the murder of innocent people. The fact that these despicable events happened on the anniversary of the worst single attack on American soil should be a reminder to us that many in the world live in ignorance of the decency and generosity of the United States. 

"The Libyan and Egyptian peoples should remember that Americans helped them throw off the chains of despotism during the “Arab Spring,” and their governments should remind them of that.  We need to get all the facts behind these incidents, but we must bring those responsible for the murders to justice.  The Administration should send a clear message to the world that America will not tolerate acts of violence and terrorism. 

"Our prayers today are with the families of our slain fellow Americans who died in promoting democracy."



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