What to do about Iraq
I rarely agree with Christopher Hitchens'
positions on Iraq, however his recent column raised several good points and ideas. In deciding what we are going to do today about Iraq, it doesn't matter that Bush lied to get us there, it doesn't matter that the administration was in too big of a rush to line up an effective coalition, it doesn't matter that Rummy downscaled the forces to prove a political point, it doesn't matter that there have been countless missteps and missed opportunities since the invasion. What matters today is that we are there and the country is in chaos.
Hitchens raising the issue, though, of why we, particularly people on the left, aren't doing more to further stability in Iraq. Why aren't feminists doing more to support Iraqi women in their quest for civil rights and their struggle against fundamentalists? Why aren't environmentalists supporting restoration of the marshes of the lower Tigris and Euphrates
and the endangered culture of the Marsh Arabs? Why have no cities reached out to Baghdad or Basra as sister cities