(VIDEO) Benghazi and Cairo Decoded: What does the violence in the Middle East mean?

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An armed man waves his rifle after buildings and cars were set on fire inside the US Consulate compound in Benghazi late on Sept. 11.

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On Tuesday, Sept. 11, militants stormed the US Consulate in Benghazi where they killed four people, including Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens.

One day earlier riots erupted in the streets of Cairo over a movie that insults the Prophet Muhammad. 

What does this sudden outburst of violence mean for both the people of the Middle East and their relationship to the US?

We sat down with GlobalPost Middle East Editor Peter Gelling to discuss the players involved and what this all means.

Here is what leaders in the US are saying: