August 22, 2006

Deconstructing Reconstruction

Ted Rall:
Hours after a ceasefire halted a five-week war between Israel and Iranian-backed Islamic militias in Lebanon, reported the New York Times, "hundreds of Hezbollah members spread over dozens of villages across southern Lebanon began cleaning, organizing and surveying damage. Men on bulldozers were busy cutting lanes through giant piles of rubble. Roads blocked with the remnants of buildings are now, just a day after a ceasefire began, fully passable." Who cares if Hezbollah is a State Department-designated terrorist organization? Unlike our worthless government, it gets things done!
This reminds me of an early Baghdad Burning post, comparing the rapid Iraqi reconstruction of their country after the Iran-Iraq war to the dismally slow US reconstruction efforts (hampered by ridiculous security concernes due to the fact that everybody there hates the USA and therefore nobody can be trusted unless they are a foreign security contractor with bodyguards, and bodyguards to guard the bodyguards...).


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