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Warden weenies: the US Embassy in Damascus on last night’s strike in Syria

Posted by adiamondinsunlight on October 27, 2008

Earlier this morning I noticed a warden message from the US Embassy in Syria sitting in my inbox. I give the embassy kudos for quick response time – unlike the US Embassy in Lebanon, which takes days to respond to US-related Lebanese events. But I can’t stand its “know-nothing” attitude: it treats the strike as an “alleged action” and takes no responsibility for US action. Nor does it cite any of the mainstream media coverage (the New York Times, the BBC, the Washington Post, Reuters, etc.) – only SANA, which makes the “Syrian allegations” sound like just that.

I was taught as a child to take responsibility for my actions. The US Embassy in Syria represents the United States, and it should take responsibility for our actions.

Or at least acknowledge that the US charge d’affaires in Damascus (who stands in for our missing ambassador there) was summoned to appear before the Syrian Foreign Ministry yesterday evening to explain the raid.

Warden Message:  Media Reports Concerning a Military Action at the Syrian/Iraqi Border

The Embassy of the United States of America in Damascus wishes to inform the American community of media reports about a military action at the Syrian/Iraqi border near the town of al-Boukamal.  According to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), the alleged action occurred on October 26, 2008 at 4:45 p.m. and there were several persons killed or injured in this action.  SANA has reported Syrian allegations this action was carried out by the U.S. armed forces.

Also according to SANA, the Syrian government has condemned the action as an aggressive act and holds the United States responsible for this military action and its repercussions.

In light of these reports, the U.S. Embassy wishes to remind the American community to review their personal security practices, such as avoiding areas in which demonstrations take place and to not draw undue attention to themselves.  The U.S. Embassy in Damascus remains concerned about the continued threat of terrorist attacks, demonstrations and other violent actions against U.S. citizens and their interests overseas.

The American community in Syria should be aware that unforeseen events or circumstances may occur that could cause the U.S. Embassy in Damascus to close to the public for an unspecified period of time.

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