WHY CIVILIAN CONTRACTORS IN IRAQ? It baffles me that American civilian contractors are willing to work in Iraq. Yesterday's beheading of an American hostage, and imminent threat to the life of yet another, comes after insurgent groups have given clear and sustained warning signals that such atrocities would continue for any Americans working in Iraq. Why civilian contractors are still there is hard to fathom, but why they went--or how they were persuaded to go--in the first place is most curious to me. Did someone say "we have a great opportunity for you?" Was it to make enough money in a year to be able live off of the rest of your life? Could they not find any other work? Were they on some spiritual mission? Why did they go; and why are they still there?