Gruesome video raises concerns about Syria rebels

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  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Nov. 5, 2012 11:16 a.m.

    This may not fall into the political category but as a retired military person, I am grateful for showing your readers the impact of living in a country without freedoms we have as a whole taken for granted for 60 years. Except for a small number of people, generally people don't even think about Egypt, Libya, Vietnam, Korea, Syria and other places throughout the world such as Poland, Romania, Bosnia and even Cuba or Venezuela.

    Thanks for enlightening our minds, even though these events are tragic for the people that live in many of the countries of the world.

    When I think of the 30,000 plus who have died in Syria at the power and hands of their own government in a short time, I believe that real torture comes in those places in front of family and friends. We have so much to be blessed with and for, even though World War I was to be the war to end all wars.

    I think of those men in trenches that died, not just potentially from the mustard gas exposure and the coughing and breathing problems but when they stood up were killed by machine guns.

    We are blessed.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Nov. 4, 2012 12:37 a.m.

    We may not have a video of our Benghazi consulate attack but I can picture it is not much different than this video terrorist rebels kicking terrified, captured United States of America diplomatic corps personnel and then executing them with machine guns or other types of weapons. We pay the United Nations to help us curtail and stop this type of rebel brutality.

    Our government is supposed to be the lead in this type of situation to show that we can use the highest of diplomacy and force, if needed, to protect our personnel in harm's way in a place that was supposed to be protected or not staffed on 9/11/2012.

    Why was our Ambassador in such a poorly defended compound without protection that was available at the CIA compound with highly trained personnel?

    Why would we send our top diplomat to such a risky assignment or mission on one of the most vulnerable day for a terrorist attack?

    Where is the State Department's operational and security plan for our citizens performing this type of mission.

    We cannot have this kind of operation of our military and diplomatic corps exposed to this type of terrorism.