Brady Kiesling was from 1983 until 2003 a career US diplomat, with service in Tel Aviv, Casablanca, Athens, and Yerevan, as well as three tours in the State Department. His letter of resignation to Secretary of State Colin Powell was published in the April 10 issue of The New York Review. (May 2003)


Athens in Wartime

At the beginning of March, to protest the coming war with Iraq, I resigned as the political counselor of the US embassy in Athens and left Greece. I returned as a private citizen on April 3, forewarned that downtown Athens would be hopelessly snarled with antiwar demonstrators. I took the …