Yesterday brought the shocking news of the murder of the US Ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, by a Moslem mob in Benghazi, Libya. The site of the murder is significant: Benghazi was the stronghold of the rebellion against Moammar Khadafy, a rebellion that succeeded only because of help from the United States. Stevens' murder brought home a point that should have been evident far earlier: the United States should not be assisting the forces of the so-called Arab Spring. What possible sense does it make to arm and finance people who hate us and want to kill us?
Thomas Piatak is a contributing editor to Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture. He writes from Cleveland, Ohio.