Blog 2: (9/06/12)
Terrorist Attack On American Diplomat
On September 3rd 2012, a suicide bomber rammed his Sports Utility Vehicle “containing at least 200 pounds of explosive materials” into a United States consulate over in Peshawar, Pakistan. Pakistani and American Officials commented on this attack calling it “one of the most brazen attacks on Americans in the country in recent years”. The last attack on Americans diplomats in Peshawar was in 2010. According to the United States embassy over in Islamabad 13 people were seriously injured and they denied early reports of two Americans employees being killed. With there being no claim being immediately taken for these vile acts, United States officials believe that this may be the work of the infamous Taliban, which has threatened to continually attack any Americans over in Pakistan. While on a visiting trip to Indonesia Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had these words to say “We pray for the safe recovery of American and Pakistani victims, and once again we deplore the cowardly act of suicide bombing and terrorism that has affected so many people around the world.” And the State Department’s Spokeswoman who is also traveling with the Secretary of state said “We stand ready to work with Pakistani authorities on a full investigation, so that the perpetrators can be brought to justice.”
I believe that these terrorist attacks are becoming more and more frequent and dangerous. I believe that the only way to tackle this global problem is to upgrade intelligence services globally by giving them more freedoms to do what is necessary to attack these problems head on. I honestly wonder what kind of security protocols were being used over there and are they in the same league with the same ones being used in the United States? I believe that embassies should have the right to protect themselves without breaching the local laws of course, but situations like this where Americans are being attacked repeatedly should call for some revisions. Should they not?