Sunday, June 18, 2006

From the Embassy, a Grim Report

The cable available through a hyperlink in this article offers a very good glimpse of the sorts of pressures that middle class Iraqis face everyday in Baghdad various self-appointed protectors of virtue.
From the Embassy, a Grim Report: "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."

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