Ambassador Chris Stevens was a man of remarkable courage and vision who gave his life serving his country, the dream of a democratic Libya and the hope for a more peaceful world.
The photograph of Stevens being dragged through the streets of Benghazi to a hospital, after heavily armed Islamist militants attacked the U.S. consulate, evoked painful memories of an earlier 9/11.
Another image, reported by The New York Times, says more about Stevens: The diplomat making his daily run through Libya's goat farms, olive groves and vineyards.
A Californian, Stevens was smitten by Arab culture and politics as a Peace Corps volunteer teaching English in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco.
Fluent in Arabic and French, he had postings across the Mideast. He returned to Libya by cargo boat at the height of the revolution in 2011 and helped unite the coalition that deposed Moammar Gadhafi.
Also killed in Tuesday's attack were three embassy staffers, Sean Smith, an Air Force veteran and information management specialist for the State Department; former Navy Seal Glen Doherty, a member of the security detail, and a fourth person who had not been identified when this was written.
We honor their sacrifice and mourn their loss.