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September 12, 2012

Absolutely tragic...

Last night, I went to bed knowing that at least one member of our Foreign Service family had been killed in the attack on the consulate in Libya.  Today I woke up to find out that it was four, not one and there are no words to describe how I feel.  The Ambassador, as well as the IMO, Sean Smith and two other Americans were killed in an attack on the consulate in Benghazi, on September 11, no less.


It seems that at times, some tend to believe that the diplomatic life is one of glamour and intrigue, of tea parties and fancy-pants postings.  There is little thought given to the work and mass amount of coordination it takes to engage in this lifestyle.  How one has to represent their country, yet can easily fall in love with their new home and wonder why anyone would want to live anywhere else.  How quickly we have to assimilate and then, in a moment's notice, can be torn away from our new home, be it an evacuation for political or other reasons.


I did not know Chris Stevens, the Ambassador to Libya, personally. However, my friend Hannah, who is posted to Tripoli, has worked with him and knew him well.  She recently penned this blog post about an event she attended with him.  If you can, take a moment, click through and read about yet another FSO who gave his life for his country and truly loved what he was doing.  Hannah also added a link in the comments below with more information about the Ambassador.

Diplopundit also posted today and included gave us an insight into Sean Smith's life.  You can read it here.  We are still waiting to hear about anyone else involved. 

We are so sad today for this tragedy, and our Foreign Service family has been deeply affected.  Please keep the families of these four heroes in your thoughts and prayers.  


Note:  I did not create the above image and cannot take credit.  Thanks to the person who took the time to do so.



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And one more thing about him - he was number 1 in my list of good things about Libya.


Prayers were offered early this morning by our Rosary group here at St. Agnes in Memphis, TN. The 400 High School students offered their Mass for all who are in harms way who work with the State Department. May the families of all know that our prayerful support is with them at this sad time.

I was sickened when I saw this in the news yesterday. You always come to my mind when I see anything like this.

I am SO very sorry. I know the sense of community I feel within "my corner" of the world and I would imagine the bonds among those of you in foreign service are that much greater. This has to be devastating to so many.

I send you my love and my support.


It is too sad. How one has to represent their country, yet can easily fall in love with their new home and wonder why anyone would want to live anywhere else.

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