American Who Was “Libya’s Best Friend” Killed in Benghazi

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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When will Western liberals learn that going to dangerous Muslim countries for humanitarian reasons is not an adventure that ends well?

A beloved American teacher was shot dead in the Libyan city of Benghazi on Thursday, just days before he was supposed to return to the U.S. for the holidays, the school’s principal said.

Ronnie Smith, 33, had been teaching chemistry at the International School Benghazi for about 18 months and was “very much loved,” principal Peter Hodge told NBC News.

“He was going back home to see his mom and his family where he hadn’t been for some time. He was supposed to leave this week but he said he would stay around for our midterms and sent his family. He was going to join them.”

Adel Mansour, a former principal at the school who is currently head of its board of governors, described Smith as a “great guy.”

“He loved being in Benghazi and he loved Libya and the kindness of its people,” Mansour told NBC News. “He was looking forward to going back and being with his family [to the U.S. for Christmas] but unfortunately now that’s not going to happen.”

Security official Ibrahim al-Sharaa told The Associated Press that the victim was jogging near the U.S. Consulate at the time of the shooting. NBC News was unable to independently confirm that account.

A Canadian teacher died in Benghazi last month of natural causes. There are apparently a whole lot of foreigners still in Benghazi even though there’s no law and order and the place is run by Islamic militias.

Ronald Smith’s Twitter feed was last updated 20 hours ago. He describes himself as “Libya’s Best Friend”. His Twitter feed repeatedly mentions him enjoying bacon and joking about picking up the local girls. And seemed to be having fun in general.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Jakareh

    Reading his tweets, one gets one the impression he wasn’t a complete fool, which paradoxically makes him even more foolish. If he had a realistic view of the Libyans, what was he doing in that godawful place?

    • Daniel Greenfield

      I don’t know. He was obviously joking around since the feed was mainly read by his own students and colleagues. But the jokes were kind of barbed. Insanely he seemed to have brought his family along… to Benghazi.

      There are also recurring New Testament quotes so was likely a devout Christian.

      • ziggy zoggy

        That explains it. He had Missionary zeal. He thought he could educate the savages.

        • objectivefactsmatter

          Naive missionaries tend to die faster than the other kinds.

      • Jakareh

        I read somewhere else that teaching salaries in the Middle East (unlike in Europe and the Far East) are rather generous. That must have been what drew Mr. Smith.

        I personally would not set foot in a Muslim country as a matter of principle. My ancestors lived under the Shariah for centuries and I would not be willing to spend one single minute living as a dhimmi.

        • Drakken

          When you have security contractors keeping you safe, and a compound to come and go to, it is a good deal, but when you don’t like this Darwin Award winner, it almost always ends up like this.

          • ziggy zoggy

            They should go to China. Schools there will hire pretty much any Westerner (especially a native speaker of English,) the pay is excellent and the cost of living is dirt cheap. The big cities there are quite livable except for the psychotically stupid drivers. Much better than any scumpit in the islamic world. I would go myself if I were single.

        • Daniel Greenfield

          Not so sure that any institution in Benghazi was putting up the big bucks. Not exactly Dubai.

          • objectivefactsmatter

            The teachers might be paid more than the local plumbers but that’s hardly any reason to go there as a Westerner.

          • A Z

            Check out the December issue of “America in WWII” magazine.

            The story is titled “Yanks to the Gulags” and starts on page 30.

            Their website is AmericanWWII.com

            Publisher is 310 Publishing LLC.

        • A Z

          I could see risking that in Morocco, Saudi Arabia or UAE.

          I cannot see going to Libya, Yemen or similar place. Algeria looks bad too with the GIA.

          UAE use to look better. Or at least it was better considering the balance of power. I remember seeing two expat young girls aged 8 to 11 in short sleeves walking down a street that might be describe more of as an alley without a care in the world. That was a generation ago. I cannot see that happening today.

          Obama is not George H.W. Bush nor Reagan. It makes a difference.

      • Anna

        He was a missionary serving there

  • ziggy zoggy

    He didn’t sound like Libya’s best friend. Too bad there aren’t more journalists who report it the way he did.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      He sure wasn’t.

  • sa.testinggeek

    I hate people who tries convert others in to their religion.this is really a worst quality

  • hrwolfe

    The job obviously paid well, capitalist!

  • edlancey

    He doesn’t sound a bad guy, but if you sup with the devil use a long spoon.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      Just naive in so many ways. A parable for certain people if they’ll recognize the lessons. Simply flirting with local Muslim girlss is enough to get him targeted. Bragging about it on twitter…well, he was a fool.

      • A Z

        “Simply flirting with local Muslim girlss is enough to get him targeted”

        I have not seen one ethnic group of any race that did not resent to varying degrees “outsiders” dating “their women.

        Dating or flirting with Muslim girls without being Muslim is not a good ideal.

        • Drakken

          Flirting with a muslima or talking to her will get you killed.

          • A Z

            You are correct. However Representative Weiner did it, but he is a special case. If he embarrasses them too much or becomes too much of a drag on their ambitions …

          • objectivefactsmatter

            Wiener would not have lived through this if he’d been in Libya.

          • A Z

            True.

            But if he had grown up and lived in Libya would he have been more discreet?

          • objectivefactsmatter

            He would have cultural permission to behave that way, unless he was still non-Muslim in your scenario. If he was still Jewish he probably would not have lived long enough for us to find out. Or he’d have to be stealth about pretty much everything he did.

      • Daniel Greenfield

        He was joking around. I think.

        • objectivefactsmatter

          I think so too, but he was naive to think he could get away with it. Some people just don’t share (or tolerate) our sense of humor.

  • A Z

    We should find out which group executed/murdered him. I know the U.S. government does not care especially one ran by Obama.

    In WW2 Eisenhower’s staff estimated that there were 25,000 American soldiers in the hands of Soviet Union and they let the communists have them. That is the upper estimate. Yeltsin said there were 100s and he apologized.

    I state that to show our government does not give a “Gawddamn” how many Americans are murdered so long it is not a a member of the ruling class and there are enough serfs. This is not Star Trek were they go all out for 1 person. Spock.

    Still we need to know who murdered him. So when they take over somewhere, they don’t say we need trade relations and visas, because we are so poor and we need access to your education system.

    At that point we need to tell them STFU and do the same for any American group, politician or activists, the wrings their hands and say we should educate them.

    • Gee

      Major Arthur D. Nicholson – United States Army. Shot 24 March 1985 by a Soviet soldier. His driver was held at gunpoint for 3 hours instead of being allowed to stop the bleeding. It took over 3 hours for Maj Nicholson to bleed to death.

      US action – none

      • Drakken

        Don’t you remember a bunch of east German and Soviet search lights being shot out and various vehicles starting on fire by “accident” after that happened?

        • A Z

          I get your point. You were in the service. You heard about it.

          Did it make the NYT, Time, Newsweek and US News & World Report?

          If it didn’t , then as far as the public knows the government did jack.

          The left leaning public might have heard of the searchlights and stuff and would have seen it as a provocation and not connect it to Maj Nicholson’s de_th.

          • Drakken

            Individual soldiers of NATO took it upon themselves to show their displeasure at one of ours being shot and started using wrist rockets with steelys and other things that cannot be mentioned, it made the point to the Russians not to do it again. It is not something I heard, it was something I witnessed and participated at the time. I wonder if the statue of limitations has expired on all that?

          • A Z

            You made Gee’s point and mine. The government did nothing. The people did something.

            The people, who have built themselves comfortable nests up top, have no skin in the game.

            Even to the extent that they do they do not believe it.

            I use to think a nut like Hillary would at least fight back on America’s behalf because it is better to be ruler of a country than to be the defeated rule of no country. Nowadays I am not so sure. Too many people like Soros figure, they can jet off somewhere. Too many people like Kerry think because they were so accommodating, that there is some place for them in the new regime.

      • A Z

        Check out the December issue of “America in WWII” magazine.

        The story is titled “Yanks to the Gulags” and starts on page 30.

  • Drakken

    The problem with useful idiots like this guy is, he thinks that where he is going is the same as what he had in the US and obviously didn’t take his security serious at all and it got him dead. That is why companies hire folks like me, to take care of those security concerns. A note to folks thinking of working in any muslim dominated country, always take your bloody personal security serious, if you don’t, you end up like this guy.

  • Kevin Austin

    Rest in peace Ronnie. Now thats out of the way – how stupid can you be? An American living in Libya who loves sending out tweets making fun of . . . Libyans, hijabs and muslims in general. The clock was ticking on this guy.

    • Connie Alsip

      Dumber than dirt?

  • Jerry Curtis

    The Libyans showed him their love, the same love they hold for all of us Infidels.

    • jscumm

      you hit the nail on the head. That was their islamic love for an infidel

  • knowshistory

    just one of the many things that liberals just cannot understand is that no matter how helpful liberals are to islam, muslims still dont like them, and will kill them too, along with those of us who do understand the situation. is anyone else thinking about the famous bear lover? seems the bears just loved him too. why wouldnt they? no fur or feathers, no claws, no scales, just all that delicious meat!

  • WhiteHunter

    Okay, so this fool jogs past the U.S. CONSULATE in Beghazi, and feels no worry? Would that be the one that’s just a charred ruin where Libyans murdered 4 Americans and maimed dozens of others in a night of fiery hell just a year ago? And he still felt perfectly safe, with nothing to fear or worry about?

    Reminds me of another idiot–the old fool who’s now being held hostage in North Korea after he left his comfortable, safe California home to go there and make friends with the monsters, and apologize for the “crimes” he committed during the Korean War.

    It’s one thing for us to expect our government to move mountains, and drop bombs, to save someone who’s being held and tortured through no fault of his own–how’s the rescue of Dr. Afridi from the Paki devils coming, Secretary Kerry? Any progress getting him freed from his torturers for helping us find bin Laden?–but when someone intentionally puts himself in mortal danger out of stupidity, an idiotic misreading of the enemy, or arrogant defiance of reality, then he does so at his own risk, and shouldn’t expect any help at all from us. None.

  • Blake

    “teaching chemistry”
    great, helping them make bombs. Why are all muslim doctors in chemistry or related fields? to make bombs. What medical breakthroughs have muslims ever contributed?

  • Tricky Dick

    I look forward to the day Barry Soetoro is impeached.

  • Connie Alsip

    Yep, I gotta love these libs who go over there, full knowing the risks, and end up dead. Sorry you bought the bullet, teach, but in Muslim countries, shit happens all the time.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Those are some pretty good jokes. RIP funny man.

  • jscumm

    it was the stupidity of Barak Obama to overthrow Mubarak, Gaddafi and of G W Bush to remove Saddam and give rise to “true islam” which is mohammed’s savagery and pronounced as Jihad against the infidels.
    Moslems won’t stop killing until one side is annihilated. Unfortunately.