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responsibility to constantly
improve, to reduce the risks
our people face, and make
sure they have the resources
they need to do those jobs we
expect from them.”
Te ship of State is slow to
turn, and it is clear that forti-
fed embassies will remain
the norm, at least for the near
future. So it is our responsi-
bility as diplomatic profes-
sionals to make additional eforts to get out from embassies and
to engage the people of the world—especially in the very places
where security is tight.
Above all, we must continue to build the bonds of trust
between the United States and other countries. As we saw with
the communist terrorism of the Cold War, the best way to counter
such threats is through concerted cooperation between law
enforcement and intelli-
gence professionals around
the world to investigate,
target and prosecute violent
fringe groups to the fullest
extent of the law.
Toward that end, it falls
on us as diplomats to help
and encourage countries to
disrupt the root causes of
this violence. One day—and
I hope it comes soon—we
can then begin to dismantle the barricades and take down the
barbed wire, to make our embassies anew the symbols of trust,
democracy and freedom the world over.
To return to Jeferson, nothing but good can come from the
exchange of ideas, especially in places where people do not
always agree with us. We must not let anything get in the way of
this extraordinary mission.
We should pursue a
multifaceted approach
to security, recognizing
that all protective measures
have costs and benefts,
and none are infallible or
universally applicable.