Saturday, February 20, 2016

13 Hours

A Book Every Voting American Should Read

"A bloodthirsty mob bore down on the United States' poorly defended post in Benghazi, Libya. Besieged American envoys and staffers withdrew to a locked room as fires set by the attackers drew closer. The Americans prayed and appealed for rescue, calling home to Washington and to nearby allies. If no help came, they feared one of three fates: They'd be killed by the invaders, suffocate from smoke, or be roasted alive. In meantime, they'd fight. The date was June 5, 1967." 

This quote comes form the prologue to the book "13 Hours" written by Mitchell Zuckoff and the Annex Security Team of Benghazi. 

Although the geopolitical context differed from that of 1967, the history repeated itself on September 11, 2012. Once again, poorly protected US State Department Special Mission Compound in Benghazi was attacked, this time by terrorists. Four people were killed, including the American ambassador to Libya, J. Christopher Stevens. 

The book is a heartrending firsthand account of events that transpired in Benghazi on the night of September 11 into the morning hours of the next day. 

For most Americans "Benghazi" is a foreign word since the mainstream media carefully under-reported the tragedy that occurred so close to the presidential elections. It seemed to protect their preferred candidate and the Secretary of State whose decision not to act cost four people their lives. The general public showed no interest in the events, and to this day is puzzled about the Senate investigation of Hilary Clinton to whom it makes no difference who killed Americans in Benghazi, and why. 

To this day no one was found responsible for the tragedy except for one unlucky film maker who was incarcerated for allegedly making a YouTube video that supposedly offended Muslims around the world and directly lead to the attack on the American diplomatic facilities. Interestingly, former Secretary of State who openly lied about the events and never took responsibility for her actions, is now running for the White House. 

The book is a must-read every voting American, but be warned, it is not an easy read. "It is not about what officials in the United States knew, said, or did after the attack (...). It is about what happened on the ground, in the streets, and on the rooftops of Benghazi - when bullets flew, buildings burned, and mortars rained. When lives were saved, lost, and forever changed." 

This book is dedicated to the four men who unnecessarily lost their lives on the 11th anniversary of Septeber 11, 2001 terrorist attack in the United States. 

By Dominique Allmon
Dominique Allmon©2016