In today's Globe and Mail there was an article by Paul Knox on the US plans for rebuilding Iraq which was critical of its lack of participation with Iraqi institutions. For example, a firm in DC will rebuild the school system to "get a nationwide, 'gender-conscious, ethnically equitable' accelerated-learning program for dropouts and slow learners by the fall", a North Carolina research institure is in charge of finding "legitimate local leadership" in Iraqi communities, and a Cambridge, Mass firm is in charge of creating an "advanced medical and surgical care" system in 21 cities in 6 months!!!!!
Who are they kidding? For anyone who has worked in international development, you know that people and institutions need years and years of work and local cooperation in order to get them in place and rarely are they successful, and yet, the Bush administration is handing out these reconstruction contracts to their buddies without local support in the name of Iraq being rebuilt.
These efforts will not rebuild Iraq's medical system in 6 months or even 6 years. You Americans can expect more bs about rebuilding stories in the years and years to come. Who knows what will happen, but the first hope, that Iraqis would welcome Americans as liberators and jump to rebuilding the country in the image of America did not happen. What kind of spin would the US public settle for?
With the corporate media dominating the airwaves, nihilism on the rise in society, the paranoia of being labelled unpatriotic and a declining economy the US will fulfill all of its Bladerunner nightmares.
:: David 3:26 PM [+] ::