There’s been a lot of discussion at work about the US citizens in Lebanon getting evacuated by the embassy. Most of it starts with “what the f*ck are they doing there to begin with? There are a few good answers; embassy personnel, relief workers, people visiting family… but not all the answers seem sensible. Students? Why in hell would you travel from the United States to such a dismal part of the world to go to school? Vacationers? Give me a break. And then there’s the entirely possible case of Hezbollah terrorists with US citizenship.
Apparently, most of the US citizens stuck in this war-zone are there of their own volition.
Hezbollah has been an active group in Lebanon for decades, and their history in regards to the United States is disgustingly violent. Their sponsors are openly aggressive to the United States, and repeatedly threaten their neighbor to the south, Israel, with annihilation.
All this screams, to a sensible American, that Lebanon is not an ideal vacation destination.
So why should my tax dollars be spent providing the casual, unwise visitor safe passage out of the area? Why should they not be expected to pay for the cost of their travel? They’re not paying for the actual cost, they’re being billed the rate of a commercial ticket – considerably less than the actual amount this little exercise will run – and the difference will come out of the taxpayer’s (your and my) pocket. Seems like a good start, though.
Nucho added that all evacuees have signed promissory notes pledging to pay the U.S. back for safe passage to Cyprus, plus interest. Once in Cyprus, she said the government would not pay for hotel fees nor a return flight to the U.S.