Monday, August 05, 2013

From Superpower to Scared Spectator

"It'll be a happy day when American embassies are again built in busy downtown intersections out of normal materials - and not, as they are now, bunkers located in distant lots surrounded by high fences. Such a change will only be possible when the safety of Americans depends not on walls, metal detectors and Marine guards, but on the deterrence established by years of terrible retribution against anyone who so much as harms a single American citizen.

Deterrence, not shuttering the bunkers we call embassies, is the solution. Maybe Obama's successor will understand this imperative."

Daniel Pipes has a provocative and valuable take on the weekend's embassy closings. Read "On Closed Embassies, the Worldwide Travel Alert, and Wimpitude" here at his web site.