Opinion: Chris Stevens' father: Carry on his good work
June 26th, 2013
05:19 PM ET

Opinion: Chris Stevens' father: Carry on his good work

By Jan Stevens, Special to CNN

Chris Stevens died in the service of his country. He died doing what he loved most - working to build bridges of understanding and mutual respect between the people of the United States and the people of the Middle East and North Africa.

He was loved by many more Libyans than those who hated him for being an American. A few dozen fanatics penetrated his compound. More than 30,000 people in Benghazi demonstrated in protest over his death.

Chris was successful because he embodied the traits that have always endeared America to the world - a commitment to democratic principles, and respect for others, regardless of race, religion or culture. Chris regarded and liked each person he met as an individual. He respected their views, whether or not he agreed.

Editor's note: Jan Stevens is the father of Ambassador Chris Stevens and writes these comments on behalf of his family.

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Filed under: Libya • Terrorism
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  1. John Smith

    America is the root of all terror. America has invaded sixty countries since world war 2.
    In 1953 America overthrow Iran's democratic government Mohammad Mosaddegh and installed a brutal dictator Shah. America helped Shah of Iran to establish secret police and killed thousands of Iranian people.
    During Iran-Iraq war evil America supported Suddam Hossain and killed millions of Iranian people. In 1989, America, is the only country ever, shot down Iran's civilian air plane, killing 290 people.
    In 2003,America invaded Iraq and killed 1,000,000+ innocent Iraqi people and 4,000,000+ Iraqi people were displaced.
    Now America is a failed state with huge debt. Its debt will be 22 trillion by 2015.

    June 27, 2013 at 11:14 pm | Reply
    • Pete

      @john smith,you've lost it man,plain and simple,get help!!Amb.Stevens is quilty of incompetence,complacency in his,collegues deaths not Hillary Clinton or Pres.Obama...He was asked if he needed additional security by Gen.Curtis Ham,Stevens said NO!!He was instructed by CIA,others to leave Benghazi for the safety of the fortified Tripoli embassy 400 miles away because of the Kadafi overthrow and 9/11 anniversary with supposid uprisings and again Stevens said NO!!So you republicans still go after Hillary,Pres.Obama when its obvious Stevens didn't follow orders..Place the blame on Issa and republicans who voted for cuts in defense spending that cut security to these very embassies, good move Issa keep up the fine hypocritical work you unpatriotic bum!!

      June 28, 2013 at 10:02 am | Reply

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