In what should have been at long back, that is after the attack on 9/11,the normal law-abiding Muslims have started asserting themselves against extremists, Hard liners and Militia who have been on the rampage.
People had marched at what is perceived as the hotbed of militia.
Not the clergy or mullahs.
This is what is needed to cool the passions.
But the West must realise that the people are responding despite hurt caused to them as a community by the insult handed out to their Religion.
This calls for some courage.
And it must be noted that these people are marked by the Religious zealots.
If the West heaps more insults under what ever pretext(Freedom non-sense-there will be Freedom only if people live- ‘you do what you please and others of your community suffer), then the extremists will become more powerful and these marchers will be forced to join with the extremists.
This is the time for understanding and reconciliation.
Don’t lose this opportunity.
” Hundreds of protesters angry over last week’s killing of the U.S. ambassador to Libya stormed the compound of the Islamic extremist militia suspected in the attack, evicting militiamen and setting fire to their building Friday.
Ansar al-Shariah fighters initially fired in the air to disperse the crowd, but eventually abandoned the site with their weapons and vehicles after it was overrun by waves of protesters shouting “No to militias.”
“I don’t want to see armed men wearing Afghani-style clothes stopping me in the street to give me orders, I only want to see people in uniform,” said Omar Mohammed, a university student who took part in the takeover of the site, which protesters said was done in support of the army and police….
For many Libyans, the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi was the last straw in one of the biggest problems Libya has faced since the ouster and death of longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi around a year ago – the multiple mini-armies that with their arsenals of machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades are stronger than the regular armed forces and police.
The militias, a legacy of the rag-tag popular forces that fought Gadhafi’s regime, tout themselves as protectors of Libya’s revolution, providing security where police cannot. But many say they act like gangs, detaining and intimidating rivals and carrying out killings.
Militias made up of Islamic radicals like Ansar al-Shariah are notorious for attacks on Muslims who don’t abide by their hardline ideology. Officials and witnesses say fighters from Ansar al-Shariah led the attack on the U.S. consulate, which killed Amb. Chris Stevens and three other Americans.
After taking over the Ansar compound, protesters then drove to attack the Benghazi headquarters of another Islamist militia, Rafallah Sahati. The militiamen opened fire on the protesters, who were largely unarmed. At least 20 were wounded, and there were unconfirmed witness reports of three protesters killed.’
Source Huffington Post