History Repeating Itself

Most of us don’t remember this, because the story was drowned out by the hostage taking of Americans in Iran, but at the same time that was going on, the US Embassy in Islamabad was overrun by a mob.  This was back in the Carter days, 1979.  During that attack, the Marines guarding the embassy had orders not to fire.  They didn’t, and Marines and other Americans died.  The Pakistani government sat back and let the riot burn itself out, while the embassy staff huddled in a small, airless saferoom, waiting for rescue (most got out).

All we need now is a hostage taking for the Carter/Obama parallels to be complete.

Things have changed in Islamabad, however.  Sure, the Pakistanis still love a good riot.  It’s become something of a national past time, even though the end result is usually torn up Pakistani neighborhoods.  But since 1979, the US embassy in Isalambad has turned into a fortress.  It sits inside a massive compound, as part of a walled “embassy” section of the city.  For the mob to get to the US embassy itself, it would first have to get into that walled section of the city, which is heavily guarded, pass several other embassies, and then hit our embassy.  In short, I’d rather be embassy staff in Islamabad than Libya, though I have to wonder if the Marine guards in Islamabad have bullets in their guns this time around.



About Mystic Cowgirl

I worked overseas in the aid game for longer than I'd like to admit and learned several important things: 1) Third World countries aren't poor because America is rich. They're impoverished due to socialist governments that provide neither rule of law nor basic infrastructures; 2) These socialist governments redistribute wealth from taxpayers to the government workers. There's no benefit to the poor or downtrodden, and certainly not to the general welfare in terms of infrastructure improvements. 3) America is moving toward the Third World model. Rule of law has been subverted because equality under the law is disappearing as special interests carve out exemptions to regulations and special favors under the law. The redistribution of wealth to government began decades ago -- total compensation for government employees now outpaces salaries in the private sector.
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One Response to History Repeating Itself

  1. Sleepyxyz says:

    Though Pakistani I have to agree with the above, as much as I wish it wasn’t true

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