PORTLAND -- A local Libyan has denounced the attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya.
"What they did is unethical, immoral, cowardly," said Omar Reda. "That isn't justified by Islam or being Libyan."
Reda said the deaths of ambassador Chris Stevens and three others are extremely sad for not only the United States, but also for Libya.
"It's extremely unfortunate what happened to Chris and the other victims, because he loved Libya and Libyans loved him."
Reda knows this because he, too, loves Libya.
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He made several trips to Libya during the takedown of dictator Moammar Gadhafi. Since then, Reda said, the country has made a lot of progress although it may not be obvious.
"You can imagine how things go slowly in that part of the world and we can't expect wonders to happen in one-and-a-half years," said Reda.
Reda fears Libya's slow progress will come to a screeching halt in the wake of the attack that killed four Americans.
"The last thing we should do is give up on Libya," said Reda. "I think Libyan people are very decent people and they are people who are eager to practice freedom."
At the end of the day Reda wants everyone to keep one thing in mind.
"We cannot just sever connections with Libya based on the actions of a few," said Reda.