Needless to say much of the information that we Americans get about Iraq is pre canned and distributed by our pr operations — Bush administration stuff.  It is, then, deeply depressing to get non edited materials that tell things as they really are.  A prime example is the figures that we receive about deaths of Iraqis — supposedly on the decline (but only in Baghdad where we can count them).  Those out there occasionally get reported when there is a major blast.  However, many simply are lost as there is no news coverage outside of the Green zone except by occasional reports and not all killings are reported.   One of the grimmer reports this a.m. on the BBC was of the town below Baghdad at a bend in the river where bodies — often headless and manifesting torture before death — wash up and need to be buried in (decomposed states).  Most are men.  However, of the 500 recent arrivals there, 10 were women.  How many more are being slaughtered while we debate how to wage a war on terror?  Looks to me as though we are the Terror.

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

Ed Kent  212-665-8535 (voice mail only) [blind copies]

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