Nobel laureate and former Egyptian Presidential candidate Mohamed ElBaradei called the killing of US Ambassador Christopher Stevens in Benghazi barbaric and unjustified, but said that it highlights the Muslim distrust of the West.
Speaking in a radio interview in Utah today, he said “There’s no question people are offended, but that is no justification to commit violence and kill people. This is a barbaric act. It does no justice to themselves or their religion.”
But the attacks illustrate a larger problem, he said, that can be addressed only by building mutual trust, reacting rationally to slights and containing extremism.
“Using violence and counter-violence takes us back to the Middle Ages,” said ElBaradei, a U.S.-trained legal scholar who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005 for his work with the United Nations to stem the spread of nuclear weaponry. He is in Utah to deliver a keynote at the World Leaders Lecture Forum at University of Utah.