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Wednesday, June 30, 2004

So much for that whole 'at least the schools are up and running' bit... there's apparently no money in the Iraqi reconstruction budget for university textbooks.

Now, just to be clear here: what Steven Taylor is organizing is a laudable thing, and I wish him and Dr. al-Hamdani all the success in the world. My question is simply, why is it even necessary?

Textbook drives are the kind of thing you see organized for schools somewhere in the middle of Ghana, where any book at all is useful and cherished.

The fact that Baghdad University is forced to resort to such methods says a lot about the reconstruction efforts -- both their priorities, and efficacy.

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