Replies: 10 - Last Post: Mar 22, 2013 8:15 AM Last Post By: bigal1
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9Sigh. Well at least Mr. Tim tempered with "for many countries", allowing some Embassy staff to tell themselves he didn't mean THEM, of course not ! Maybe Mr. Tim applied for the Foreign Service of his country and was turned down, or was refused something from his Embassy recently and is still smarting ?
In addition to what they describe as mind-numbing paperwork, Embassy staff are also the ones who ID dead bodies, deal with grieving families, arrange air evacuation of their critically ill citizens, check regularly on those who are too ill to be moved, visit their citizens in prison who were too dumb to refrain from smuggling drugs, etc.. Some people should stop basing their views and criticism on what Hollywood says diplomacy is supposed to be.
I personnally know a number of Embassy staff, from various countries, who are in fact utter morons whom I'd like to send to the bottom of Halong Bay. But I know even more of them who are good hard-working people with very interesting life stories, and their citizens appreciate the work they do. A shame not everybody does.
Mar 22, 2013 8:15 AM
10#9 you make some very valid comments.
As a UK citizen our embasies generally have a good reputation for most of the things you describe in your 2nd para but the problem is more when you run into problems like losing all your money/cards and passport and need some short term help till you can get cash transfered. You have a big need but they don't care
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