From now on, James Lileks is disqualified from usinf the "Would you rather still have Saddam in power with the rape rooms and torture chambers?" argument against those who opposed the Iraw war after this argument in today's bleat:
Are you proud that nearly 3 billion people on this planet do not have access to clean drinking water when we have the resources and technology to remedy this immediately?
Immediately! Right now! The entire purpose of the American economy must be turned to the task of building sanitary water systems in rural Peru, old Soviet industrial sites in the Urals, and the Chinese hinterlands! Immediately! We are not only obligated to step in and help poor Robert Mugabe upgrade the pipes of urban Zimbabwe, we must issue bonds to ensure that these systems work until the sun sputters out. Because that is the first obligation of the government, as set forth in the Constitution: ensure that someone in the Sudan can drink tap water without getting the squirts.
Right after we make sure someone in Iraq can oppose the government without being thrown in jail.
I know, I know. Saddam was a huge threat. Yellowcake in Africa, etc.
But I guess I'd rather be bringing clean water to people than invading countries and taking them over.
Guess that makes me a wimp.