Benghazi: Dead Americans are not “Political Points”


by Carolyn Elkins

“To know what is right and not do it is the worst cowardice.” ~Confucius

“The most hateful griefs of all human griefs is this, to have knowledge of the truth but no power over the event.” ~Herodotus, The Histories

Sometimes I get tired of writing about the same topics when it seems to do no good. Especially when others have been writing and talking about the same things- yet those who should be listening and doing something aren’t. But every once in a while when I feel that it’s a lost cause, something reminds me of just why I keep on doing it, whether anyone is listening or not.

What makes one story or event any different, meaningful, or more important to keep it going when there are new and bigger things happening every day around the world? What made me latch onto one particular event, and what makes me keep going no matter how futile it seems? I really have to say that what happened on September 11, 2012, in Benghazi, Libya has been my main story, my focus and my mission–but why?

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