First U.S. Diplomat Killed Since Benghazi

U.S. diplomat Anne Smedinghoff was killed over the weekend when a suicide bomber struck the convoy in which she was riding in Afghanistan.

According to reports, Smedinghoff enjoyed a "relatively safe" existence at the U.S. embassy in Kabul, but was constantly pushing to go outside the embassy walls where she could interact with the people.

Over the weekend she left the compound to deliver books to a school in southern Afghanistan when she was killed.

Smedinghoff was 25 years old.

Regrading Smedinghoff's death, Secretary of State John Kerry said:

The folks who want to kill people, and that's all they want to do, are scared of knowledge. And they want to shut the doors and they don't want people to make their choices about the future. For them, it's "You do things my way and if you don't, we'll throw acid in your face. We'll put a bullet in your face."

...So this is a huge challenge for us. It is a confrontation with modernity, with possibilities, and with everything that our county stands for, everything we stand for, is embodied in what Anne Smedinghoff stood for.


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