The United States is awash in human rights groups, feminist organizations, ecological foundations, and committees for the rights of minorities. How come there is not a huge voluntary effort to help and to publicize the efforts to find the hundreds of thousands of "missing" Iraqis, to support Iraqi women's battle against fundamentalists, to assist in the recuperation of the marsh Arab wetlands, and to underwrite the struggle of the Kurds, the largest stateless people in the Middle East? Is Abu Ghraib really the only subject that interests our humanitarians?Insert quotation here.
Hitch, if you would crawl out of the scotch bottle and actually fire up your remaining brain cells, I think you could come up with a few more plausible explanations than the one you usually pimp. As a full service blog, I am happy to jump start this process for you:
- The Security Situation makes it extremely difficult for NGO's to operate in Iraq. The lack of sufficient military manpower, which if you were a loyal Mojowire listener you would be up to speed on, has made the security environment untenable for any of the groups you cite in your little end of the bar diatribe to contribute very much to Iraq's reconstruction. The insurgents targeted the reconsturction effort for exactly this reason. It would be suicidal for any of these group to attempt to operate in Iraq until you can at least survive the ride from the airport to the Green Zone.
- The Administration initially filled the CPA full of contributors, partisan hacks, and interns from AEI and Heritage, rather than the professionals from State and other agencies that actually had experience in rebuilding nation states. Liberals, Democrats and their hippie NGO allies were largely shut out. It's pretty ballsy, even for you Hitch, to now start yammering about rallying around the Administrations efforts in Iraq when they've gone out of their way to tell them to fuck off.
- The Adminisration doesn't want them there. It is clear to everyone not a drunken NeoCon sycophant that the Administration and their pet CPA Viceroy, Paul Bremer, wanted to turn Iraq into Milton FriedmanLand, devoid of any regulatory or political control of the Iraqi economy. The last thing they wanted was feminists, labor, human rights groups or any other institution that would draw attention to the Gilded Age wonderland they wanted to build in Iraq. The last thing they want now is any of these groups in Iraq eyeballing what is going on and blabbing it to the press corp holed up in Baghdad hotels.
I could go on, Hitch, but I know your probably getting to the bottom of the scotch bottle, and your focus isn't what is used to be. Even in your current state, you can figure out that lack of the prescence of any the tradtional NGO's in Iraq is be design. Call up Uncle Donald or Aunt Condi to confirm it, I'm sure they'll let you in on the joke. You are part of the true believers now, right? They wouldn't blow off your phone calls?
Update: Edited by s9. Added a title and removed trailer.