Diplomat refuse to go to Iraq
November 3, 2007 2:38am CST
We now have a clear view of how Diplomacy works. Diplomats who go to a Foreign Country are protected by international Tready and Convention, they can not be taken prisoner. They tell us that if we just talk to our opponents and open a dialog all things can be resolved. They live in a secure compound protected by US Marines. The have immunity from ALL CRIMES unless the US wants to charge them then they are afforded every right of a US Citizen. If they beleive that Diplomacy works and the opponent will treat them with respect why are they refusing to go to Iraq? They have a top securty firm to guard them - Blackwell has not lost a single person thay have been guarding. After all the President, Vice President, Condi Rice, Rumsfelt have all gone to Iraq. Look at the soldiers who have no choice - many have voluentreed for multipul tours - they go with out complaining. They have no protection that says they can't be captured. If they committ a crime they may be subjected to local justice. Yet they continue to put their life on the line every day and go out in a Uniform that clearly states I am a US Soldier and Proud of it. They provide their own security while traveling and while in their compound. they give up sleep to provide it. Or is it that the Diplomats have finally realized that we are dealing with an enemy that doesn't follow any rules and has no reguard for international Law or Treaties. As they comment about the soldiers - you choose the job no do it. By the way you have a 2-6 year contract. Diplomats only have to give 2 weeks notice. Diplomats put up or shut up. Go to Iraq and talk to the enemy and help them understand and learn what their concerns are. They will understand. If you do a good job you might even be invited to a beheading party as the guest of honor.
• United States
3 Nov 07
This story really needs more attention so people might learn from it. I heard Duncan Hunter being interviewed right after this made the news. He was asked about it. As it turned out, he had already had a meeting with President Bush about this. Duncan Hunter's recommendation to President Bush: Fire every diplomat who refuses to go to Iraq. Then go to Walter Reed VA hospital and recruit just about recovered wounded Iraq war veterns to take their places. Duncan Hunter would make a good President, eh?
• United States
5 Nov 07
I don't blame anyone for not wanting to go to a place where people are getting killed on a daily basis. I don't know what kind of employment agreement is involved with working at the State Department, but I wouldn't think there's a requirement to go into such a hazardous area against the employee's will. It's not like they enlisted in the Army which everyone knows has that possibility of danger. I furthermore doubt they'll get the kind of security detail that the President gets when he goes there. However, if they did take their jobs with full awareness that they may at some point be sent to a war zone, then I would suggest they resign and get a new job. Otherwise, firing them would be wrong.