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  1. Well versed
    (Wednesday 12 September 2007)
    POETRY: Poem of the week
    edited by JOHN RETY

    POEM OF THE WEEK: Saving Face by Jeremy Kingston.

    I saw a dying soldier with no face.
    Something had sliced it off like crust from a pie,
    a raw meat pie, some teeth and a green eye
    mysteriously still in place.
    His best mate, vomiting, had the grace
    to kill him – and who would not want to die,
    a pulpy red mess, there to horrify
    with its disfigured, agonized grimace.
    I hear that somewhere safely overseas,
    where copses shelter pretty things to hunt
    in landscapes carefully designed to please
    our leaders look for some face-saving stunt.
    There’ll be a banquet, lobster, caviar:
    I’d make the bastards choke on steak tartare.
    About the poet

    Jeremy Kingston’s first collection On the Look Out will be published by Hearing Eye later this year.

    http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/index2.php/free/culture/arts/well_versed__41

  2. Two of Seven Soldiers Who Wrote ‘NYT’ Op-Ed Die in Iraq
    Posted by: “G. Myrick” garymyrick@sbcglobal.net garymyrick
    Wed Sep 12, 2007 11:48 am (PST)
    Very sad indeed. This heartbreaking news came out just as Gen. Petraeus was about to report to Congress about the “surge.” It must not be overshadowed by the distractions of Bush and his latest lying general.

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    Two of Seven Soldiers Who Wrote ‘NYT’ Op-Ed Die in Iraq

    By Greg Mitchell
    Editor & Publisher
    September 12, 2007 7:25 AM ET

    NEW YORK The Op-Ed by seven active duty U.S. soldiers in Iraq questioning the war drew international attention just three weeks ago. Now two of the seven are dead.

    Sgt. Omar Mora and Sgt. Yance T. Gray died Monday in a vehicle accident in western Baghdad, two of seven U.S. troops killed in the incident which was reported just as Gen. David Petraeus was about to report to Congress on progress in the “surge.” The names have just been released.

    Gen. Petraeus was questioned about the message of the op-ed in testimony before a Senate committee yesterday.

    The controversial Times column on Aug. 19 was called “The War As We Saw It,” and expressed skepticism about American gains in Iraq. “To believe that Americans, with an occupying force that long ago outlived its reluctant welcome, can win over a recalcitrant local population and win this counterinsurgency is far-fetched,” the group wrote.

    It closed: “We need not talk about our morale. As committed soldiers, we will see this mission through.”

    Mora, 28, hailed from Texas City, Texas, and was a native of Ecuador, who had just become a U.S. citizen. He was due to leave Iraq in November and leaves behind a wife and daughter. Gray, 26, had lived in Ismay, Montana, and is also survived by a wife and infant daughter.

    The accident in Iraq occurred when a cargo truck the men were riding in overturned.

    The Daily News in Galveston interviewed Mora’s mother, who confirmed his death and that he was one of the co-authors of the Times piece. The article today relates: “Olga Capetillo said that by the time Mora submitted the editorial, he had grown increasingly depressed. ‘I told him God is going to take care of him and take him home,’ she said. ‘But yesterday is the darkest day for me.'”

    One of the other five authors of the Times piece, Staff Sergeant Jeremy Murphy, an Army Ranger and reconnaissance team leader, was shot in the head while the article was being written. He was expected to survive after being flown to a military hospital in the United States.

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    http://www.editorandpublisher.com/eandp/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003638726

    Related: Deaths of Soldiers ‘Brings It Home’ For ‘NYT’ Editorial Page Editor: http://www.editorandpublisher.com/eandp/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003638805

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    Read “The War as We Saw It ”

    By BUDDHIKA JAYAMAHA, WESLEY D. SMITH, JEREMY ROEBUCK, OMAR MORA, EDWARD SANDMEIER, YANCE T. GRAY and JEREMY A. MURPHY

    at http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/19/opinion/19jayamaha.html?ex=1345176000&en=5a8349a0e944e61b&ei=5090&partner=rssuserland&emc=rss

  3. Democrats.com Poll Finds Majority Want to Bring Our Troops Home from Iraq in 6 Months

    Tonight George Bush finally let the cat out of the bag: he wants U.S. troops to occupy Iraq for decades to come, no matter the cost in lives, tax dollars, and worldwide anger at the American Empire.

    But will he put his own children in harm’s way? Will he raise taxes on his rich cronies? Absolutely not – he wants to continue the occupation with Other People’s Money by borrowing another $200 billion from our children – and Other People’s Lives, at a rate of 100 per month.

    So what do the American people want, and how much do we want to sacrifice in money and lives? The Corporate Media won’t ask that question in their polls, so we asked it ourselves in a telephone poll of 618 adults from September 6-9. And the results were astonishing.

    54% of Americans want Bush to bring U.S. troops home within 6 months. An overwhelming majority ( 73% ) of Americans want U.S. troops home within a year. And the less we spend bringing them home the better – the single largest group ( 40% ) want Bush to bring U.S. troops home within 6 months using funds Congress has already given him for Iraq, which is the position advocated by Rep. Dennis Kucinich. Read the full results:
    http://democrats.com/iraq-poll-1

    You will not hear this viewpoint on your TV. But this is what you think, and you are not alone.

    Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Reid are lost at sea. They want Bush to bring our troops home, but Bush is determined to force the next President to continue his disastrous occupation. Pelosi and Reid can neither change Bush’s mind, nor change his policies; all they can do is take away his money.

    In the House, Reps. Barbara Lee (D-CA), Lynn Woolsey (D-CA), and Maxine Waters (D-CA) are leading the way. In July they sent a letter to Bush that pledges to only fund “the protection and safe redeployment of all our troops out of Iraq before you leave office.” As of today, 77 Members of Congress have signed this “Peace Pledge.”

    Tell your Representatives to join them: http://www.democrats.com/peoplesemailnetwork/115
    and don’t stop writing, calling, and protesting at their offices until they do. We must end Bush’s occupation for the sake of our children, our grandchildren, and the planet we urgently need to save.

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