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Kucinich remark an island of sanity in a sea of inanity

Lawrence of Cyberia has highlighted this timely quote from US Congressional Representative Dennis Kucinich. It saddened and angered me anew at what BushCo and their AIPAC-tilted policies are responsible for doing in Iraq:
While it is natural and appropriate for Americans to first focus upon the deaths of American service members in Iraq, it’s astounding to consider that for every service member killed, 200 Iraq civilians have been killed….

What are the short-term and long-term implications of this massive number of deaths to Iraqi civil society? Will the millions of Iraqi children who have lost a parent ever forgive our country for igniting this violence? How do we make peace with the generations of Iraqis severely harmed by this unnecessary war of choice?

— Rep. Dennis Kucinich, Congressional Hearing on Civilian Casualties in Iraq, 11 Dec 2006 (from Juan Cole’s Informed Comment).

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Timely Reminders

"Those who crusade, not for God in themselves, but against the devil in others, never succeed in making the world better, but leave it either as it was, or sometimes perceptibly worse than what it was, before the crusade began. By thinking primarily of evil we tend, however excellent our intentions, to create occasions for evil to manifest itself."
-- Aldous Huxley

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-- Diane DiPrima, "Rant", from Pieces of a Song.

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yet men die miserably every day
for lack
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