Security – US Closes Embassies Due to Threat: Why Is It Happening?

Security – US Closes Embassies Due to Threat: Why Is It Happening?

Reports came in for countries around the world. The US was to shutter the doors of most of its embassies. The risk is al Qaeda, who the country stated was planning to carry out some type of attack on these embassies. The embassies most impacted were those of the Middle East, North Africa, and even further. As of Sunday, the 4th of August, these embassies would close their doors in hopes of thwarting such an attack.

Britain’s Foreign Office issued a stern warning itself. It told residents that travelling to Yemen was not recommended. It warned that British citizens in Yemen should leave the country as quickly as possible, providing more anxiety and tension this week over the risks brewing in the region. An official with senior Yemeni national security informed that the government was already on a high alert against a potential risk of attack. It did not state specifically who the target was or who was behind it, but the two actions by the US and UK seemed to imply that the al Qaeda risks were at the forefront.

Improving Security

With this new potential threat and the limited information available to those individuals looking for it, it is clear that these threats seem to be ever important to national governments. Could such closing of an embassy be enough to thwart such an attack or to minimise the risk of it? That remains doubtful, but it may help to reduce some of the results of such an attack on citizens.

It must be a focused attention of these governments, not just the UK and the US, but every other country in these hotbed regions to monitor for real security risks and to take action against them. There is little doubt that such events could put not just local citizens, including children and innocent bystanders, at risk, but also put at risk people from around the world.

Security must be at the forefront when it comes to developing a strong economy and good leadership in any country. Security threats like these must remain a vigilant effort, even after groups such as al Qaeda seem to be less present or less of a risk factor. The closing of embassies may be one step, but it is far from enough to develop a safe level of day to day life in these areas. Read more:


The Borderless Act of 9-11

On 11 September 2011, as families continued their mourning over the loss of loved ones, the world recalled the attack on the World Trade Centers. Though the loss of lives and property was horrendous, I take heart from the fact the memorials are not limited to just the U.S. They were held around the world including in the United Kingdom. Memorials in the UK, France, Japan, Israel, Scotland and other countries held ceremonies on the tenth anniversary of the attack while dozens of other countries sent messages of sorrow and hope.

The fact is that the particular buildings chosen for attack, the World Trade Center, was a microcosm of the world. The act of destruction was borderless which was not what the attackers really intended. They were specifically attacking the U.S. and yet what they attacked was a group of people who represented some of the best and the brightest from around the world. The New York City victims were citizens of the United States, of course, but they also represented citizens from the United Kingdom, India, Japan, China, Canada, Guyana, Ecuador, Poland, Russia, Haiti, Cuba, Pakistan and dozens of others. Many of these people were young, educated and working on the very solutions we seek through Web Governments.

All the major religions were represented by those killed in the 9-11 attack also. There were Jewish, Protestants, Catholics, Buddhists, Hindus and Muslims. The fact Muslims working and living in the United States were killed only reinforces the fact that the attackers were misguided and proved nothing by taking so many lives.

The UK Prince of Wales and Prime Minister David Cameron attended a London remembrance ceremony on the 10th anniversary of 9-11.  On the same day a Briton was killed by Somali pirates, a Bedfordshire raid uncovered a male slave trade, Sweden arrested terror suspects, and 80 US soldiers were injured in Afghanistan by a truck bomb set by insurgents.

Will we never learn? The answer, in my humble opinion, is that we will. I take hope from the message embedded in the 9-11 attack and the headlines. The message is that as a global community we still recognize the difference between morality from immorality, human rights and injustice, terrorism and peacefulness, and the need for war and the need to end unjust wars.

The 9-11 attack crossed borders, religions, ethnicities, gender and age. In that fact lies our hope as the upcoming generation that will have to work to insure such a senseless act does not happen again.