The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

19 April 2003

Looks like a war zone

Electricity and running water are scarce in postwar Iraq. I know this because NPR has managed to mention this situation on every single program this week except maybe Car Talk. The ill-concealed subtext: we have no idea how these poor people are suffering, since nothing like this ever happens over here.

This conforms to a basic leftist recipe: mix compassion and smugness, beat endlessly, bake halfway. The icing on this particular subtextual cake: it's completely wrong.

Posted at 9:35 AM to Dyssynergy


Oh, I know. My electricity has never been out. Never ever ever. Not even when I lived in Alaska and was on well water, with an electric pump.

Wow, if my electricity ever went out up there I'd not only be without electricity, I'd be without running water.

How fortunate we all are to have such efficient and infallible utilities.

(I have no idea how many "</sarcasm>" tags are going to be needed now to turn it off.)

Posted by: Kevin McGehee at 1:37 PM on 19 April 2003