Thursday, November 04, 2004


Medecins Sans Frontieres is pulling out of Iraq. That can't be a sign that the situation is improving.

Update: Next day
In the comments below, Chuck suggests that perhaps MSF is leaving Iraq because the situation has in fact improved so much that they are no longer needed. Further, that the portrayal of this as a withdrawl is an effect of the liberal media. Okay, that's a legitimate point. Lets then go to the source and check the MSF press release explaining their actions.

Amman/New York, November 4, 2004 - Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) is closing its programs in Iraq. The international humanitarian organization took the decision in view of the extreme risks currently run by aid workers in the country. Given the still considerable humanitarian and medical needs of the Iraqi people, the decision was reached with a great degree of regret and sadness.

Maybe MSF is just trying to provide political fodder for the liberal media. Maybe they're just a bunch of wimps who can't take the heat.

Somehow I doubt it.

[Link to the MSF press release via Pogge who has the same take on this sitution as I do.]

Posted by Matthew @ 5:10 p.m.