President Obama paid tribute to the four Americans slain this week in Libya and again tried to tamp down anti-American anger around the globe in his weekly radio address on Saturday.
“I have made it clear that the United States has a profound respect for people of all faiths. We stand for religious freedom. And we reject the denigration of any religion — including Islam,” the president said in the prerecorded remarks.
Mr. Obama again vowed justice for the four Americans killed Tuesday in Libya — Glen Doherty, Tyrone Woods, Sean Smith and U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens.
“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,” the president said.
Mr. Obama said he spoke with the families of the four dead Americans on Friday and expressed his gratitude for the service to the country.
As anti-American protests spread Saturday around the world — including to Australia — Mr. Obama repeated the administration’s position that the outbursts are not indicative of widespread opposition to the United State or its policies.
“I know the images on our televisions are disturbing. But let us never forget that for every angry mob, there are millions who yearn for the freedom, and dignity, and hope that our flag represents,” Mr. Obama said.
Hundreds of protesters clashed with police outside the U.S. Consulate in Sydney on Saturday.