Friday, April 13, 2007


Like politicans and football managers, the Coalition forces in Iraq have to cope with the fickleness of an ungrateful and dissatisfied public: and while they do their best to be patient, sometimes their frustration shows through.

But they bear it stoically. I've always admired the subtlety with which they go about their job, so I was impressed, but not surprised, to read about the little coded hint that they have taken to adding on to the end of letters refusing compensation to relatives of innocent civilians killed by US forces. Only a few short words, but they make the point and make it well:

Some letters sent to notify denial of a claim conclude with the phrase "I wish you well in a Free Iraq".

Indeed so. Clearly some people just don't appreciate the sacrifices that they're making for us.