Friday was the fourth day of anti-American violence across the Middle East. Virtually the entire region is involved and the protests have spread into parts of Asia. The scope has become so large that it is easy to look at news reports and see the perpetrators as only nameless, faceless mobs and the victims as impersonal embassy buildings and the American way of life.
On Friday the reality that there are individual victims was in full view as caskets containing the bodies of the murdered Libyan Ambassador and three others were taken off a plane at Andrews Air Force Base. These men had names: Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, Glen Doherty, Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods. Three of them had young children who will now grow up without their dads.
Diplomats and embassy staff members serve our country in the same way as members of the military. Sometimes they are in greater danger because the enemy may not be identified and they do not have the protective gear of the military.
President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke at the ceremony at Andrews, which was also attended by VP Joe Biden and Senator John McCain.
I hope you will join me in asking God to comfort the families, bring many friends to encourage and assist them, and guide them as they move into a new phase of life they never imagined.
(Today the Middle East was fairly calm, but a protest was held in Sydney, Australia.)