Third, and most obvious, was the strike for higher wages by the militia we had hired for security — for our caravans and for security at the compound. This should have been a big red flag, with accompanying bells and whistles, to the ambassador. As soon as he heard of this strike, the ambassador (and staff) should have returned to Tripoli. (Of course, this "security" militia was conveniently absent during the attack.) The attack might still have occurred, with deaths on our side. We will never know for sure.