From: Glenn Morton (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Sat Jan 25 2003 - 04:25:41 EST
Yesterday an announcement went out to all Americans living overseas
everywhere to be ready for evacuation at a moment's notice. The
announcement seems to even include places like Scotland. While I don't feel
particularly worried about the imminent outbreak of war, this upcoming war
will be different than all other wars.
For the past two and a half years, we have lived in a transient community of
oil industry expats [occasionally self-referred to as 'oil field trash'
:-) ]. All of us know that we are in a particular place for a short time.
From here, people go to other places all over the world. Friends with whom
we have gone to church, had dinner and with whom we have partied, are now in
places like Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Indonesia--places where their
danger is great. I know that various companies have evacuation plans. My
wife, yesterday, spoke with a friend in Kuwait concerning their situation
and they are ready to leave immediately. A war looks different when you
have friends in its path.
In the UK, the fear is that there will be terrorist activity when the war
breaks out. Already we have had several people in London arrested with
ricin, the poison that the Bulgarian government used years ago to kill the
BBC presenter, Georgi Markov. Guys were arrested in Spain yesterday with C4
and maps of London. And that is why everyone is becoming more security
My thoughts are with my friends in those strange and exotic places which now
appear so dangerous. As the country goes to war, we should not forget that
innocent people on both sides will pay the ultimate price.
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