Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Babylon Buddhist

I had a run-in with one of our Iraqi staff yesterday. He lied to me. It wasn't even a good lie, and when I called him on it, he made up another one on the spot. I was furious and chose to walk away, informing his supervisor along the way.

I'm at the very end of my deployment and have no patience for this cultural tendency towards lying. I understand that the anger and rage that I felt was mine, and mine alone. I had to deal with it, accept it, chide my ego for entertaining it, and then just let it go. At times Iraq and the Arab culture can be a wonderful place for a Buddhist :)

3 comments:

David M said...

The Thunder Run has linked to this post in the blog post From the Front: 10/15/2008 News and Personal dispatches from the front and the home front.

Anonymous said...

Time for this one to come home!
Safe travels.
Cathy B

Matt said...

Pretty typical over there. Hey, I found a book the other day about reading body language, written by Joe Navarro(former FBI). Very cool book, and I wish I had read it before my last deployment.