The excellent and experienced former freelance reporter Chris Albrighton (I say former because he’s now affiliated with and writes for Time) has posted an honest reflection of whether he should stay in Iraq.
He is understandably conflicted… he wants only to tell the story of Iraqis… yet at what cost.
The more I think about this place and yesterday’s attack on the Palestine/Sheraton compound, the more I feel that it’s time to leave here — and that I’m a coward for thinking that.
I don’t want to desert this story. I don’t want to let my friends down. I don’t want to leave my staff, who have bravely stuck by us and who can’t leave like I can. But I also don’t want to die for this story. I’m torn in half over this. I have a macho, “tough it out” mentality about this place while also wondering, “Have I worried my family and friends enough on this?”
My advice… which is fairly worthless to Chris… would be to just get out. If he is so uncomfortable that he longer feels any sense of security and truly fears for his life, then get out… even just for a short while. Then, maybe after a few months of rest and recuperation, he could return and be able again to deal with the risk to his life.