Last week, the US lost one of its ambassadors. Christopher Stevens was killed in Benghazi, Libya in a coordinated attack that took place during protests of an anti-Islamic film. Stevens and three others were murdered during the attack.
This is the first time since 1979 that a US ambassador has been killed. This is extremely unfortunate and heartbreaking, and here at NaQ we wanted to bring attention to the extraordinary man that Christopher Stevens was. Since his death, many important figures have spoken about Stevens, and it is tragic that we have lost such a talented person.
Thanks to a great ABC Local article, there are quite a few wonderful quotes about Christopher Stevens that we decided to post here on the blog. Hopefully, they can give you a sense of how talented the ambassador was.
“With characteristic skill, courage and resolve he built partnerships with Libyan revolutionaries and helped them as they planned to build a new Libya.” – Barack Obama on Stevens’ latest work
“He was loved by everybody,” – Ahmed al-Abbar, an opposition leader during the Libyan revolution.
“He risked his life to stop a tyrant then gave his life trying to help build a better Libya. The world needs more Chris Stevenses.” – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
“His service in the Middle East throughout his career was legendary.” – Condoleezza Rice
“The people who he worked with were on the ‘Let’s engage the world,’ rather than ‘Let’s bully the world’ side of things,” – UC Law professor David Levine who taught Stevens at law school.
“He was a normal guy, not like some of the nerds from the State Department who can’t relate with people,” – Thomas Moore, an early coworker during Stevens’ career.
Christopher Stevens will be missed. Hopefully those behind these attacks will be brought to justice and the embassy can continue its work in Libya of growing democracy and helping the Libyan people get the most out of their new country.