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April 06, 2004
Little to say

It's not that I don't care about the people dying in Fallujah and elsewhere in Iraq. I totally care. I don't have anything helpful to say, though.

I've said all along that now we're in Iraq, we can't leave until there's a decent chance that ordinary people will be able to lead safe, secure lives. I still believe that.

And yet…there's a sort of glass houses thing going on in my mind.

There's an odd feeling to reading stories where people are rioting, presumably in the cause of freedom, then turning to domestic news and reading about people rioting because their team won some ball game.

This country still needs a fair amount of work itself, that's all I'm saying.

Sometimes it's a lot easier to contemplate someone else's problems. There's a pleasant sense that you have no responsibility for making changes halfway around the world.

It works, too. Unless you remember that Iraq is halfway round the world.

Elsewhere, David Brooks reaches for humor and achieves funny.

It just won't be Morning Edition if it's not Bob Edwards.

Posted by AnneZook at 08:59 AM