At 9/17/12 09:01 AM, Korriken wrote:
Precisely. what prerogative do they have to stand and fight when they can flee?
Except that wasn't the case, remember? It was the Americans who were trying to flee to the safe house
I understand the concept of traitors and moles. I also understand the concept of jihadists infiltrating the Libyan police and military. I also understand that its practically impossible to sniff them out if they aren't already known jihadists.
Okay, fair point, but "not letting foreigners in with camera" and "don't share intel with them" I think is already SOP, considering consulates don't official state they're collecting intel in the host nation to begin with.
you mean why not stop the (arguable justified) paranoia? sounds like a great idea to me!
Oh, it's a wonderful idea, good luck trying to do it, though. We'd wind up killing everyone.
Well, I meant that well organized terrorist cells can operate in several countries. My point wasn't that there could be sympathetic Frenchman that would attack an American military base or whatever, the point is that these groups are not stationary to operating in the ME depending on the size, skill and amount of resources. The risk is global.
'yet' being the operational word here.
Well, if there was another attack, would you be happy for being right?
it's better to be prepared for a disaster that never happens than to be caught unprepared. It's much keeping non perishable foods and candles during hurricane season if you live in the south. You might go a few years not needing those candles before your power goes out for a week.
Your scale is wrong. Comparing diplomatic and military preparedness isn't really on the same level as being prepared for a hurricane. I mean, you know ahead of time when a hurricane is coming, right? It's plastered all over the TV with warnings to evacuate and appropriate steps you should take if you're staying behind. Terrorists don't exactly make TV announcements. I mean, I see your point, but the point of successful terrorist attacks is to be one step ahead of the game. It's a horrible game of cat and mouse.
any country with known jihadist groups that are capable of moving around with military grade equipment. so basically the Middle East and Africa. Like I said before, it's all about calculated risk. Setting up a small garrison of marines in France or South Korea would be a waste. Libya, though, it could have saved lives.
Okay, not entirely unreasonable, but the more armed forces you have in a concentrated area, especially in an area where there are protesters, the more likely you are to have innocent people killed.
Also on another note, it would also be of benefit to detain anyone acting suspiciously around an embassy, but that would fall on local governments. There's very few valid reasons for a person to be walking around and embassy taking pictures or recording video. When the man saw the local taking pictures around the embassy, authorities should have been notified and the local with the camera should have immediately been detained, his camera confiscated and photos on it examined, then if nothing much is found, release him and destroy the film with a warning to not try it again.
Again, reasonable, but remember that it's not clear to us yet what exactly the guard was taking pictures of. He may have just suggesting the guards were not very good and more interested in taking pictures of the protest rather than focusing and being prepared for possible attacks, much like you see people pulling out iphones and cameras to film accidents or any other large scale demonstration. It can be interpreted many different ways without the facts out yet.