image: Blood, shoes and debris cover the floor of an Iraqi restaurant Baghdad. At least 23 people were killed when a suicide bomber blew himself up in a busy kebab restaurant near Baghdad’s Green Zone, one of a string of attacks across the country that claimed a total of 43 lives. (AFP/Karim Sahib)
Image and poem below the fold
from Child of Europe
by Czeslaw Milosz
He who invokes history is always secure.
The dead will not rise to witness against him.
You can accuse them of any deed you like.
Their reply will always be silence.
Their empty faces swim out of the deep dark.
You can fill them with any features desired.
Proud of dominion over people long vanished,
Change the past into your own, better likeness.
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