Tuesday, August 19, 2003

Musings From a Conflicted Heart-This is making the Paleoeuropeans squeamish; the death toll is up to 15, including the top UN guy in Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello. This is making plugs for an increased role for the UN more difficult. I'd like to grieve more for the people killed in the building, but the people who died there remind me too much of the NPR reporter and her interviewees who took pleasure in the big American blackout last week, saying that that gave Americans a taste of what Iraqis are dealing with post-war. I've got little love for the people who tried to stop the US-led ending of the Baathist regime at all costs short of declaring war on the US. If this Marine's report is any indication, the country's better off now than at the begining of the year. I can assume that most, if not all, of the people who died were there looking after what they felt were the Iraqi people's needs. This wasn't the trashing of a symbol, this was a trashing of 15 people's lives. My heart has to go out to the families of the dead and injured and put geopolitics on the back burner, but it's hard to not think of all the damage the UN tried to do to the Iraqi people in the lead-up to the war in the name of diplomacy.

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