The U.S. State Department plans to call in Syria’s senior diplomat in Washington to complain about an attack on the U.S. embassy in Damascus, a U.S. official said on Monday.
“We are calling in the Syrian charge [d’affaires] to complain,” said the official who spoke on condition of anonymity, saying no U.S. personnel were injured in the attack. “We feel they failed [in their responsibility to protect U.S. diplomats]. We are going to condemn their slow response.”
This tiny incident raises all sorts of questions, beginning with why did we ever put an embassy back into Assad’s Syria, given his alliance with Iran and his role in destroying Lebanon, supplying Hezbollah, planning assassinations, and trying to obtain nuclear weapons? And once there, why would an American diplomat go to a protest against the government while not simultaneously ensuring that his embassy was prepared to be defended?
And when, unlike us, the French embassy beats off similar attempts with “live fire,” then the comic farce is almost complete — except we are now told that “the U.S. ambassador to Syria in a strikingly undiplomatic tone, comes out swinging on Facebook.”