I found myself cycling past the American embassy the other day. At first I didn’t know what it was. There were a bunch of police standing around and what looked like a building site in front of a grand old Viennese house. Lots of dust. Then I saw Old Glory and the big concrete barriers that keep away would-be truck bombers. It looked like some kind of extra fortifications were being built.
Perspective: around the corner is the Swedish embassy. No police. No barriers. I don’t think even the Israeli embassy has this level of security. I know that Grosvenor Square in London is like the Green Zone and I imagine US embassies around the world are being similarly fortified, no expense spared.*
Do you ever envy Sweden?
*I wonder who pays for this stuff, the State Department, the host country, or both?