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2 images and poem below the fold

Adnan Ezaldeen talks to his four-year-old son of the same name at the Air Force Theater Hospital in Balad, Iraq, 80 kilometers (50 miles) north of Baghdad, Thursday, Dec. 22, 2005. Mortar shells missed American targets in Haditha, Iraq, but landed near the Ezaldeen home, injuring the 4-year-old and killing two of his brothers. A child as young as Adnan is not unusual in the military hospital, which admits about 1,000 patients a month.
(AP Photo/Jacob Silberberg)

Victoria Morberg poses for a photo as she cradles a photo of her son Army Pvt. Joshua Morberg at her home in Sparks, Nev., on Friday Dec. 30, 2005. Pvt. Morberg, 20, was killed by an explosive device on Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2005 while serving in Iraq. Morberg was the 15th Nevadan to die in Iraq.
(AP Photo/Debra Reid)

from Masters of War
by Bob Dylan

You fasten the triggers
For the others to fire
Then you set back and watch
When the death count gets higher
You hide in your mansion
As young people’s blood
Flows out of their bodies
And is buried in the mud

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