March 5th, 2012
12:46 PM ET

Vandalized WWII-era graves in Libya to be restored

Two World War II-era cemeteries that were vandalized over the weekend by armed men in Benghazi will be restored, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission said in a posting on its website.

Hundreds of gravestones marking the bodies of Christian and Jewish soldiers were kicked from their locations, many of them broken, in the Benghazi War Cemetery and the Benghazi British Military Cemetery, the CWGC said. "Both cemeteries will be restored to a standard befitting the sacrifice of those commemorated at Benghazi, but this could take some time because we will need to source replacement stones," the organization said.

"We will also need to be sure that it's safe for the detailed work to be carried out, but in the meantime we will ensure that temporary markers are erected over the graves. We have no reports of any maintenance staff being injured in the attack."

Britain urged Libya's new leadership Sunday to investigate the desecration of the more than 200 Commonwealth war graves that were vandalized, acts filmed and posted on YouTube.

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  1. BOMBO ©

    Um. Yeah. Good one. Take THAt, you rotten – uh – corpses.

    March 5, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andy in Oz

      Careful not to stay out from under the rock you crawled from too long ...... slime dries out if not kept moist.

      March 6, 2012 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  2. BOMBO ©

    Maybe they would have been happier if the other guys won. Except the other guys hated anyone who wasn't blond haired and blue eyed, almost as much as they hated the Jews.

    March 5, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    Yeah, because retaliation against 60+ year old graves is making a statement, all right.
    The statement being "We're jerks."

    All for you-tube.
    Why don't they just take a video of dancing cats?

    March 5, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |

    This action speaks volumes, help save them from a tyrant Of biblical proportions an this is all the more respect they can muster, they trulyhave no clue what peace is, constantly looking for a trist, thousands of years, and nothing has changed, does anyone out there think that region will ever experience peace? of course not, impossible when your goal is ultimate control, you would think they would tire of fighting

    March 5, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  5. savior

    What can be said about this?
    We help people and they do crap like this. We helped Afghans against Russians..helped Iraq against Libya in WW ll and they say ty by this crap. Burn the American flag and chant death to America. Well you welcome you ungrateful @#$%&*

    March 5, 2012 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO ©

      They are even worse than France.

      March 5, 2012 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andy in Oz

      Except the fact it was a Commonwealth War Grave, as such I am not sure any Yanks were buried there..... closest to that would be a Canadian (slightly similar accent from my perspective)

      March 6, 2012 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
  6. **cosmicVox *

    @savior and BOMBO, You got That right!!

    March 6, 2012 at 12:11 am | Report abuse |
  7. chinadronestibet


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    March 6, 2012 at 7:39 am | Report abuse |
  8. leeintulsa

    there are morons everywhere. graves are desecrated here all the time. no one tries to say it reflects how our whole country feels about something or someone. it's the actions of a few idiots, not libya.

    March 6, 2012 at 7:50 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Well, of course it does...but the idiots don't say something ridiculous like saying "This is in retaliation for Pearl Harbor" and post it on You-tube...
      They just post it on you-tube.

      March 6, 2012 at 7:59 am | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      @banasy: does it really matter what idiots say? it's usually something like, "oogly, oogly, oogly" then they fall of the wall..

      March 6, 2012 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Now *that's* entertainment!

      March 6, 2012 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
  9. / Through a Scanner, Darkly /

    Fall off the wall again and hit your head a little harder next time lee.

    March 6, 2012 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  10. / Through a Scanner, Darkly /

    Who are you talking to there at 10:12?

    March 7, 2012 at 1:21 am | Report abuse |