ST. PAUL —
Anderson and Stevens said goodbye with plans to meet again in October, when the judge had hoped to return to check on the progress of the justice system. Anderson said he’d followed the ambassador’s advice about being cautious, but he couldn’t help sneaking in a little sightseeing at Libya’s historic attractions.
“This is from the halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli,” Anderson said. “Could I not walk around the castle in the Marine Hymn?”
Anderson didn’t make it to Benghazi. He ran out of time before he could visit the eastern cradle of the revolt, a place for which Stevens had a particular fondness.
“He came into Benghazi when it was under siege,” Anderson said. “Stevens prevented a lot of deaths there, and I think he knew that and thought he would be safe, that friends would make sure the word was out and he was protected. And, of course, it didn’t work out like that.”