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Mimi Hanaoka / Look beyond religion for reasons behind Mideast violence

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Posted: Sunday, September 16, 2012 12:01 am

The chaotic violence that killed U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three American staffers in Libya, and that resulted in mobs storming U.S. embassies in Cairo and other parts of the Arab world, has been garbed in religious language and references. But the religious rhetoric distracts from the real issues: serious domestic political fragmentation in Libya, Egypt and elsewhere in the aftermath of the Arab Spring, and America's place in the region.

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