A suicide bomber attacked an armored vehicle carrying U.S. diplomats in Peshawar yesterday. The New York Times reports:
There were conflicting reports about the number and nationality of the casualties. Pakistani officials said that at least two people were killed and at least 13 were injured, including two police officers. The United States Embassy in Islamabad confirmed the attack and said in a statement that two Americans and two Pakistani employees of the consulate were injured. It denied early reports that an American had been killed.
In itself this is not the biggest news story in the world. But it’s a reminder that U.S. diplomats in many countries put their lives on the line every day. Several years ago I made a trip to Peshawar, visited the consulate there, and traveled in vehicles like the one that was bombed yesterday as I went to give talks to students and journalists in a city where you rarely get the chance to have direct contact with people from the U.S.I was deeply impressed then with the dedication and professionalism of the Americans who do their best to represent the United States under very difficult circumstances. Every day of the year, American diplomats take car rides that can end like this one did. They do it because they have made a commitment to serving the United States in some of the toughest places on earth.Here at Via Meadia, our hearts and prayers are with them and their families.