To those of you whom I pinged...loose lips sink ships. Perhaps we can send word somehow. Prayers offered!
But I cannot believe the story has been out for hours and hardly any reaction in the US. It is burning up the news in Asia. Australia, New Zealand are also very worried. They are closing the schools for their nationals as well. Of course, the Indonesian government is playing it down. One need only look at the photos of Kuta Beach, Bali two weeks ago, though. Quite serious IMHO.
You know, sometimes I wonder if America (the grassroots) really tracks, notices or even cares for its citizens overseas when they are not wearing some kind of a military uniform. There are many many more Americans overseas than just the boys and girls in the Armed Forces you know. 38,000 American civilians alone just in Japan. They are easily forgotten until something happens.