Three of our Illinois Congressmen issued statements about the attacks on our embassies in Libya and Egypt.
Peter Roskam, 6th District:
“My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of Ambassador Chris Stevens, Foreign Service Information Management Officer, Sean Smith and their two colleagues whose lives were taken yesterday while serving their country in Benghazi. Their tragic loss is yet another reminder that the United States remains a target for those who harbor hatred for freedom and democracy, despite the tireless efforts of our diplomatic corps and development experts.
“We condemn these attacks, carried out by violent extremists, and oppose their destructive aims. Today we pray for the safety of Americans in both Libya and Egypt, and for those Americans who face hostility and danger around the world.”
Robert Dold, 10th District:
“There is no justification for the murder of the U.S. Ambassador in Libya, and I condemn this attack in the strongest possible terms. As Americans, we stand for freedom of expression - this violent act of terror stands in direct opposition to the freedom and liberty that we champion throughout the world. My thoughts and prayers are with Ambassador Stevens' family, and the families of the three other Americans killed in the attack.”
Randy Hultgren, 14th District:
“Today I join President Obama, Governor Romney, and all Americans in condemning this violence. It is tragic that this crime was apparently carried out in the name of religion.
“In the days ahead, I hope America will respond with discernment and swift justice for those who have killed our own. Today, we will mourn with the four American families who have lost their loved ones.”