exercising caution in Beirut
Posted by adiamondinsunlight on November 23, 2007
As I have mentioned before, I never get the US Embassy in Lebanon’s warden messages. I rely on the US Embassy in Kuwait, which does an excellent job, and on the kindness of friends to pass along the warnings they receive.
After hearing from G that the embassy issued a warning last Friday, I got a bit peeved. I fired off an email to the Beirut American Citizens Services address, asking why I never receive these warnings. And I “signed up to receive all copies of Embassy warden notices” via the Beirut warden message listserver.
When a message came back to me almost immediately, I was delighted. Here was proof that the warden system was working: I subscribed and immediately was sent the latest warning.
When I looked at the email, however, my delight faded. This is how the email began:
PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT – WORLDWIDE CAUTION
1. This Public Announcement updates information on the
continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence
against Americans and interests overseas. This supersedes
the Worldwide Caution dated March 8, 2005 and expires on
February 2, 2006.
Yes, indeed. The Beirut warden listserver did not send me the Novemer 16, 2007 warden message – but it did keep me well advised of the State Department’s concerns in August 2005.