American diplomats have served us well
America lost U.S Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens last month, along with two former Navy SEALs and a fourth person in Benghazi, Libya.
I’ve been to a number of embassies, including Egypt where they have a walled front entrance that is about 100 yards in front of the main compound; others include Tunisia, Russia and Nicaragua.
Usually a detachment of U.S. Marines guards our embassies and protects our ambassadors. In Libya, such was not the case and we must assume that the two former Navy Seal(s) were part of the staff and security for Ambassador Stevens. The news is rather skimpy on how the terrorists were able to capture and kill our ambassador and the two Seal(s).
Newspaper reports indicate that Stevens was not a frightful ambassador, but chose to move freely around the city and felt safe in his ability to befriend the people while speaking fluent Arabic.
Embassies are considered sovereign ground belonging to the country represented. An attack on the compound in Libya is an attack against America’s borders.
I know that in Egypt, we have Marines guarding the embassy and they used great patience in not firing at the rioters who were climbing over the walls and attempting to start fires. They are well armed and know how to fight, and would probably hold their fire unless our ambassador’s life was threatened, then all hell would break loose for the mob.
Our embassies are supposed to be protected by security provided by the host country, but many guards in these countries have guns and no bullets; they have rubber bullets at best, and usually poorly trained guards.
Ambassador Stevens was doing it his way and it appears they were caught off guard by the violence that has now spread across the Middle East.
A video supposedly sparked the demonstrations that was produced by an Egyptian, not Israelis. This uprising may well have been planned long before the YouTube video that was shown this past summer in France.
Much of this violence is sparked by lack of jobs for the people you see on the streets. Tourism has been destroyed in Egypt and Tunisia, Libya, and tourism was the No. 1 industry.
Across the entire Middle East, there is vast poverty and unemployment and little hope for growth and prosperity. They have replaced their leaders, but that has done little for the countries’ economies.
Jealousy reigns supreme and Israel is doing well while prospering with development and scientific achievements; neighboring Arab states are suffering from crippling uprisings and turmoil.
In the lobby of the U.S. state department are memorial scrolls of names of Foreign Service officers killed in the line of duty.
Add another name to the list of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens. I would surmise that he would say if still alive, “Don’t blame all of the people for the actions of a few.”
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