Témoris Grecko


In Latin America, we tend to mock and distrust any sort of US diplomat as a potential coup-d’Etat organiser. Many US ambassadors earned them that reputation. But Chris Stevens, ambassador to Libya, murdered yesterday, was made of a different wood and he commanded great respect from Libyan revolutionaries as well as regular critics of US power: journalists and human rights defenders on the field.

I’m transcribing here what Human Rights Watch’s Peter N. Bouckaert wrote to us, Vulture Club members, about Chris Stevens:
Dear all, Robert F. Worth suggested to me that we should think of a way to honor the very unique legacy of Ambassador Chris Stevens in some way. Ambassador Stevens was hardly your run-of-the-mill diplomat: he was courageous, disciplined, smart, and willing to take risks. We’ll bounce around some ideas among people who knew him well (and who know his family), and come up with something. What he stood for is something that deserves to be promulgated, and his willingness to go to the frontlines to stand up for his principles is what the world of (US) diplomacy desperately needs. Updates to follow, but let us just mourn the loss of an inspiring individual for the moment.

(Read here what a Libyan revolutionary wrote about Chris: http://www.facebook.com/temoris/posts/10151060685243017?ref=notif&notif_t=like)

EN CASTELLANO

En América Latina, tendemos a burlarnos y desconfiar de cualquier tipo de diplomático de EU como potencial organizador de golpes de Estado. Pero Chris Stevens, el embajador en Libia, asesinado ayer, estaba hecho de una madera diferente y tenía un gran respeto tanto de revolucionarios libios como de críticos regulares del poder de EU, periodistas y defensores de derechos humanos.

Traduzco aquí lo que Peter F. Bouckaert, de Human Rights Watch, nos dijo a los miembros de The Vulture Club sobre Chris Stevens:

Queridos todos, Robert F. Worth me sugirió que deberíamos pensar cómo honrar el especial legado del embajador Chris Stevens. El Embajador Stevens no era un diplomático típico: era valiente, disciplinado y estaba dispuesto a tomar riesgos. Vamos a intercambiar ideas con gente que lo conoció bien y conoce a su familia, para proponer algo. Lo que él defendía merece ser promulgado, y su disposición a ir a la línea del frente a defender sus principios es algo que el mundo de la diplomacia estadounidense necesita desesperadamente. Los mantendremos actualizados, pero por el momento lamentemos la pérdida de este individuo inspirado.

(Lean aquí lo que una revolucionaria libia escribió acerca de Chris: http://www.facebook.com/temoris/posts/10151060685243017?ref=notif&notif_t=like)
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