What would I do?
I’m an ambassador in a city thousands of miles from home. I’m surrounded by angry, fanatical Muslims shouting things like “Death to America,” and I know they can easily breech our walls. I’m responsible for a bunch of staffers, who fear for their lives and are depending on me. The local police are doing nothing. We’re obviously cut off from help and totally on our own.
The very LEAST I might do is think of possible ways to calm the crowd down. Maybe tell the demonstrators, “You know that movie you’re upset about? We didn’t like it either. We didn’t have anything to do with it.”
And if someone wearing a suit in an air-conditioned room, surrounded by security agents, wants to tell me I’m apologizing for America, I could live with that.
What would you do?
[Note: I posted this on Facebook, and there has been quite a bit of interaction.]