Monday, August 08, 2005

Ignoring Iraq

For some reason -- perhaps having to do with his unusual ideological position -- Christopher Hitchens is sometimes able to make blindingly obvious points that are nevertheless rarely or never made otherwise. In an unusually powerful and persuasive Slate column, he wonders why so few of the do-gooders in the women's rights, minority rights, environmentalist or any other such community have taken up the cause of Iraq. The answer, of course, is that Iraq is viewed as Bush's war; the administration alone is viewed as having responsibility for what happens there, and the administration alone would be held responsible for failure. In the meantime, women, Kurds, progressives and environmentalists struggle in Iraq against the sort of chaos that should any civilized person shudder.

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