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  • I hope I'm wrong, but I am afraid that Iraq is going to turn out to be the greatest disaster
    in American foreign policy - worse than Vietnam, not in the number who died, but in terms
    of its unintended consequences and its reverberation throughout the region.
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    Madeleine Albright
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    That was a café.
    Friends were having dinner.
    Now, a rubble heap.
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    Here, two rivers meet.
    O, fair city. O, Baghdad.
    Tomb of innocents.
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    Sunset comes early.
    Nighttime is not far behind.
    Another day, gone.
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    I thirst for silence,
    Deep, healing oblivion,
    Place beyond all words.
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    What, what can one do?
    When ancient hatreds ignite
    Filling skies with fire?









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    (Photograph by Alex)
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