View From a Height
Commentary from the Mile High City
Wednesday, November 26, 2003

Israeli Doctors Operate on Iraqi Child

In today's feel-good Thanksgiving story, Israeli doctors are performing a sophisticated heart surgery to save an Iraqi baby girl, airlifted from Iraq to Israel for the operation. The doctors in Israel called the doctors in Iraq to give him instructions on stabilizing the girl, and then she was flown to Holon, to the Wolfson Center.

Of course, the only thing that made this possible was our invasion and occupation of the country. Of course, we'll get no credit for that. Certainly not from the Europeans, but also not from the Iraqis. Mostly because we still don't have a radio service operating in country, and they'll never hear about it.

Don't expect the Israelis to get much goodwill, either. They've done this surgery for over 300 Palestinian children, too, and look where that's got 'em. It's a good thing they have a conscience, and do this because it's right, since the external rewards for this sort of thing are pretty thin.

UPDATE: I am reminded that the EU hospitals, great humanitarians that they are, refused to operate on the child. I'm not sure why this is, or what reason they gave, but I'm sure they have the expertise.

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