As anti-American violence continued unabated across Muslim nations,President Barack Obama on Saturday warned that the US would not tolerate attacks on its citizens,with his administration mulling sending more specially-trained marines to the region to respond to the growing unrest.
With violence against Americans and those from western nations entering the fourth day in the Middle East,north Africa and south and east Asia,Obama,in a tough message,made it clear that the US will never tolerate efforts to harm Americans and will ensure that those who attack them find no escape from justice.
Obama sent his tough message in his weekly address to the nation,which came a day after he received bodies of the four Americans killed in the Benghazi attack.
As we mourn their loss,we must also send a clear and resolute message to the world: those who attack our people will find no escape from justice. We will not waver in their pursuit. And we will never allow anyone to shake the resolve of the United States of America, Obama said.
We stand for religious freedom. And we reject the denigration of any religion including Islam, he said.
There is no religion that condones the targeting of innocent men and women. There is no excuse for attacks on our embassies and consulates. And so long as I am Commander-in-Chief,the United States will never tolerate efforts to harm our fellow Americans, Obama said.
Concerned over protesters breaching security perimeters around some of the US missions,State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland asked governments of the region to deploy enough resources to protect diplomatic personnel and facilities.
Washington is now asking some of the countries where widespread riots have been witnessed in the last three days to ensure that buffer zones,fences,walls,access control,screening doors and other security measures are not breached, Nuland said.
Defence Secretary Leon Panetta said Washington was repositioning military forces in 17 to 18 places in the Muslim world to better respond to the unrest.