25.8.03

WICKED THOUGHTS. The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund are removing staff from Iraq, claiming the place is not safe. If bureaucrats from those organizations are in Iraq, are any of the merchants of Baghdad safe? Word has also reached the Superintendent of a New Yorker, facing temperatures in the low 50s in June, asking, "What have we done to deserve this wretched weather?" The impression is not original to me, but is environmentalism the latest incarnation of sun-worship, only with automobiles rather than virgins to be sacrificed?

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