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BENGHAZI; A LAYMAN'S POINT OF VIEW.

Updated on May 1, 2014

An investigation of any kind should be necessary.

Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi. Four Americans have died at the hands of terrorists, defending and protecting the interests of the United States, and politicians continued to play the blame game with their horrifying story.

To many people, Ambassador Christopher Stevens and his three colleagues, who perished in the attack on the diplomatic facility in Eastern Libya on 9/11/2012 were heroes. For their tenacity and patriotism to be mixed with partisan politics should not be welcomed. They should be honored and not made to look like victims of an unfortunate circumstance.

Americans, by now, knew that the U.S. was at war with Al-qaeda, and diplomats were like soldiers in a war zone, particularly, in the Middle East and North Africa, and anything, even death, could happen to them in the line of duty; they were like sacrificial lambs, and their end could come at any time, not just in Benghazi, but in many parts of the world.

So, making the Benghazi attack into a football event seemed very sad. It was not that the deaths of those diplomats should not be investigated until the American public had fully heard about how they died. The government that sent them to posts abroad should be able to give them whatever that was necessary to keep them safe; though the danger that they faced did not allow for safety of any kind; and even if there was as chance of giving them safety, it was to a very small degree.

The embassies and diplomatic compounds should have military personnel as part of the safety net mentioned above; and it was obvious that they did. However, the slightest indication that any of those places was in danger of any violence, the security there must be beefed up at any cost.

Americans would be naive, if they thought that they had friends all over the globe; and that might be true, but that affection was just superficial. They, Americans, were more envied than loved, because of their position on the world stage as the only real super power, politically and economically. Friendship for the U.S. was only skin deep in some countries.

When some of the talking heads on TV and radio attempt to denigrate their own government, they should realize that they were partnering themselves with America's enemies in some instances. They were the same people that were reporting the Cairo scene on the same day that the Benghazi attack was going on. In fact, the siege in Egypt had prominence that night by the broadcasting stations than what was happening in Libya.

There were demonstrations in the Muslim world, with regard to a video shot by an American, depicting Mohammad in the most despicable fashion; and the reaction was a revolt across many Arab countries and elsewhere. Yet, they (Anchormen and media personalities) were doing all they could to separate the Benghazi attack from those demonstrations; to fool the American people? How could they?

That was exactly what Susan Rice told the nation on the her now infamous rounds on television stations the Sunday after the Benghazi incident; and she was right, because those events were taking place almost at the same time and nobody could tell one from another, or whether one was a full fledged terror attack and the others were mere demonstrations against a video.

The truth must come out of any investigation, for the sake of the perished diplomats and their families; and for Americans to know that nobody tried to bamboozle them about the Benghazi attack, when it happened.

EMMANUEL BANDOH.

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