Letter: Protect Americans abroad



As Americans, we are all appalled at the recent killings of the U.S. ambassador and staff at the Libyan embassy.

We have been the target of terrorists on our native soil since the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993, yet we don’t try to protect our personnel in the most dangerous countries.

Obviously security was lax, but then there is always a way around security systems. Why don’t we protect our fellow Americans by building “panic rooms” under the embassies? Such a simple solution may have saved all our people who were taken hostage and held 444 days in the Iranian hostage crisis of 1979, as well as the four lives lost in Libya.

Does doing something proactively mean anything anymore, or are a few lives here and there expendable?

Joan Oser