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Monday, December 15, 2003

Mark Steyn...
... has another great piece prior to the capture of Saddam. Here's an eminently quotable line (in bold):

And so it seems to be. After some particularly vicious bombings of the UN and others, the NGOs mostly fled Iraq in late summer. "It would be rather sobering," I wrote in August, "were Iraq to demonstrate it can get along without them." And what do you know? It's remarkable how quickly a problem goes away once the people with a vested interest in there being a problem go away.

The same thing would happen if the media fled Iraq. They have the same interest in a "Vietnam quagmire" that the NGOs have in a "humanitarian catastrophe," and if anything they work even more assiduously at promoting it.

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