Since so many Iraqis have died as a result of the United States invasion and occupation it is may not be immediately obvious to us, half a world away, why the deaths of these 11 would so rouse the Iraqi government. Perhaps something about the recklessness and unnecessary nature of the shootings laid more bare than usual the fact that the U.S. diplomats, despite all their idealistic talk, value their own lives in particular, and United States lives in general, much more highly than Iraqi lives. Whatever the reason, Iraq has said they do not want Blackwater, the private firm that has been providing security for United States diplomats traveling around Iraq, operating in their country any longer. As a result the United States has been forced to suspend all diplomatic travel outside the heavily fortified Green Zone.
We who want the occupation to end can only hope that our diplomats in Baghdad, unable any longer to strut like conquering heroes over and through the Iraqi people, will start to realize that they do not belong there and explain that to their colleagues back in Washington.