"Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons." Bertrand Russell

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Choose your employer wisely

Working with/for the occupiers, it seems, is not a good idea.

"Employees all share a common tale of their lives: of nine emplyees in March, only four family members knew they worked at the embassy. That makes it difficult for them, and for us. Iraqi colleagues called after hours often speak Arabic as an indication they cannot speak openly in English."

The Washington Post reports more bad news from Iraq:

From the U.S. Embassy in Iraq, a stark compendium of its local employees' daily hardships and pressing fears

Sunday, June 18, 2006; B01

Hours before President Bush left on a surprise trip last Monday to the Green Zone in Baghdad for an upbeat assessment of the situation there, the U.S. Embassy in Iraq painted a starkly different portrait of increasing danger and hardship faced by its Iraqi employees. This cable, marked "sensitive" and obtained by The Washington Post, outlines in spare prose the daily-worsening conditions for those who live outside the heavily guarded international zone: harassment, threats and the employees' constant fears that their neighbors will discover they work for the U.S. government.

via Sau at Persistence of Vision