September 24, 2012 by Ish
J. Christopher Stevens, United States Ambassador to Libya, a 52-year old man who had dedicated his life to promoting democracy, and is recalled by friends and colleagues as being committed to peace and in love with the region of the world where he lost his life. He is now a bump in the road.
Sean Smith, Foreign Service Information Management Officer, a 34-year-old father of two… An Air Force veteran who had served in a number of posts, including in Baghdad and The Hague, before serving for ten-years at the State Department. He is now a bump in the road.
Glen Doherty, Private Security Contractor, a 42-year-old father of one, and a former Navy SEAL serving in that elite unit for seven years. He was on the advisory board of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, a group that attempts to fight religious intolerance in the armed forces. He is now a bump in the road.
Tyrone S. Woods, Private Security Contractor, a 40-year-old and a former Navy SEAL like Doherty. Both men were decorated military veterans who served the US with honor and distinction while in uniform, Woods having earned the Bronze Star with Combat V. I would say that the manner of their death shows they continued to served with honor after having removed the uniform. But, he is now just a bump in the road.
“Well, I’d said even at the time that this is going to be a rocky path. … But I was pretty certain and continue to be pretty certain that there are going to be bumps in the road because — you know, in a lot of these places — the one organizing principle– has been Islam. The one part of society that hasn’t been controlled completely by the government.”