Monday, March 24, 2003

If you don't want to get mad...

Then don't read this. Or any other articles by "pro-family" conservative groups. But I did, and here I encounter their fears about post-war Iraq. They aren't worried about warring factions engaging in a power struggle for a post-Saddam Iraq. They aren't worried about disaffected Arabs turning suicide bomber. They aren't worried about costs or the tenuous hold of democracy in the region. They, inexplicably, are worried about the U.S. Agency for International Development. A quote:

"As soon as the dust settles after the conflict, (USAID will) be sending in the condom pushers and the sex educators," Mosher said. "There is the view at USAID that we need to remake these societies in the image of Hollywood or in the image of Manhattan. (That) we need to attack the patriarchal family."

I guess we attacked the "patriarchal family" in Afghanistan, too, but color me happy to be on the side of those who opposed that kind of patriarchy. I guess it would be news to these folks that worse things could happen to Iraqis than seeing some Trojans appear on their convenience store racks.


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