The War in Iraq Comes to Amman

An article of interest: The war in Iraq has come to Amman, and the evidence is everywhere. At Jordan’s Queen Alia airport, on the outskirts of the capital, I deplaned with a stout American man wearing a Harley-Davidson T-shirt. Waiting for him just inside the gate was a tiny Arab man, a driver, holding up a sign with black-marker block letters: DYNCORP – the controversial American security contractor that is still funneling men into Iraq.

Security, of course, is big business. In the airport’s main terminal (near computer screens tracking the arrivals and departures of the newly revitalized Iraqi Airways) a billboard for Asbeck Armoring of Bonn, Germany, carries the words: “When driving to Iraq, be sure to go armored!”

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