Sunday, June 01, 2003[posted by jaed at 9:12 PM]
Looting in Iraq:
Mark Steyn visits Iraq to see firsthand the chaos and anarchy, and he does in fact find that Iraq is plague-ridden - though not the way you might think:
I managed to determine that the Oxfam crowd was holding a meeting with the Red Cross to discuss the deteriorating situation. But just what exactly was "deteriorating"? As my groaning table and the stores along Main Street testified, there was plenty of food in town. Was it the water? I made a point of drinking the stuff everywhere I went in a spirited effort to pick up the dysentery and cholera supposedly running rampant. But I remain a disease-free zone. So what precisely is happening in Rutba that requires an Oxfam/ICRC summit?One of these days I'm going to need to talk about the parasitic nature of the oh-so-well-meaning NGO. There's a rant inside, and it wants out.
It will be very destructive for Iraq if the tentativeness of the American administration in Baghdad allows the ambulance-chasers of the NGOs to sink their fangs into the country.