The Civilian Contractors

At the time the civilian contractors were killed in an ambush in Iraq I never said anything about the hideous outburst of hatred from the left.  I was too pissed to come up with anything more than incoherent sputtering whenever the subject popped up.

I don’t know why I would have expected anything better, given the treasonous actions of those who want our troops to die so they can have their cause vindicated.  Perhaps I thought they’d understand that these contractors are a) civilians, and b) working on projects that were important to getting Iraq back on its feet (even if some of them are working on those “evil” oil facilities). 

Anyhow, their hatred is hitting a bit too close to home for me to dismiss it this time.  I have an uncle who is in Basrah right now, working on a contract for KBR.  I won’t identify him by name lest any of these lefty bastards try to identify him (and as he’s my mother’s brother, he does not share my last name).  Here’s a short excerpt of an email he sent to one of my aunts.

Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. We still work 12-14 hrs/day, 7 days/week.

Things here at Basrah have really gotten hot. We have hit 130 degrees.  Before the end of July we’ll hit 140. We also are getting shelled and mortared more often. And so life goes on.  KBR gave me a contract for another year back in April and so I might be here till next year.

Having said all this, I hope it is understandable why I have no interest in hearing any bullshit about how any contractors “deserve” what happens nor do I have any more interest in listening to the anti-war left.  They’ve made their position perfectly and abundantly clear, and they’ve made themselves irrelevant in the process.

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