American Who Was "Libya's Best Friend" Killed in Benghazi

The victim was jogging near the U.S. Consulate


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.





@JamelaElfeitori you're right. I forgot you're a chick. Not used to talking to know, it being haram and all.

— Mr. Smith (@ISBchem) November 30, 2013








Tags: Libya, Benghazi