U.S. Diplomats Don't Want to Go to Iraq

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    New Iraq policy prompts angry words at the State Department

    From Charley Keyes

    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Calling it "a potential death sentence," several hundred diplomats expressed their resentment Wednesday over a new State Department policy that could force them to serve in Iraq or risk losing their jobs.

    Some at the hourlong town hall-style meeting questioned why they were not told of the policy change directly, learning about it instead from news organizations last week.

    Others pointed out the risks of such a rule, considering the dangers of a war zone, lack of security and regular rocket attacks on U.S. personnel.
    One State Department worker complained she was not provided medical treatment for her post-traumatic stress disorder after she voluntarily served in Iraq.

    The session was marked by angry exchanges, according to an audio recording of the meeting held at the State Department.

    The sharpest comments came from Jack Croddy, a 36-year veteran of the Foreign Service.

    To loud applause from his fellow workers, he asked how the State Department could protect people in Baghdad or the Iraq countryside when "incoming is coming in every day. Rockets are hitting the Green Zone."

    "It is one thing if someone believes in what is going on over there and volunteers," he said, "but it is another thing to send someone over there on a forced assignment. And I'm sorry, but basically that is a potential death sentence and you know it. Who will raise our children if we are dead or wounded?"

    - rest at www.cnn.com/2007/US/10/31/state.department.iraq/index.html

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