December 5, 2004

Dear Mr. Bush,

"It will be the first seed of civil war," Tawfik al-Yassri, a member of Iraq's interim parliament, said today, after a wave of violence killed 80 of his countrymen over the weekend. Those have to be horrible words to utter, coming after all the talk of "freedom" and "liberation" that you have been promising since you started dropping bombs. To finally arrive at the conclusion that al-Yassri came to--pushed to the brink after 80 more deaths were added to the tally of the almost countless number that have come before--is as sure a sign of defeat as any I have ever heard. For your sake, Mr. Bush, I hope one day he will forgive you.

Sleep tight,



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