Harper’s has been running a three-part series with different experts evaluating the likelihood Bush will attack Iran. Part III, with think tank denizens, is now up here. Previously: Part I with independent analysts, and Part II with former CIA analysts.
Then go read McClatchy’s Baghdad Bureau blog about our current war:
We were asked to send the next of kin to whom the remains of my nephew, killed on Monday in a horrific explosion downtown, can be handed over…
So we went, his mum, his other aunt and I…
When we got there, we were given his remains. And remains they were. From the waist down was all they could give us. â€œWe identified him by the cell phone in his pantsâ€™ pocket. If you want the rest, you will just have to look for yourselves. We donâ€™t know what he looks like.â€
Now begins a horror that surpasses anything I could have possibly envisioned .We were led away, and before long a foul stench clogged my nose and I retched. With no more warning we came to a clearing that was probably an inside garden at one time; all round it were patios and rooms with large-pane windows to catch the evening breeze Baghdad is renowned for. But now it had become a slaughterhouse, only instead of cattle, all around were human bodies. On this side; complete bodies; on that side halves; and EVERYWHERE body parts.
We were asked what we were looking for, â€œupper halfâ€ replied my companion, for I was rendered speechless. â€œOver thereâ€. We looked for our boyâ€™s broken body between tens of other boysâ€™ remainsâ€™; with our bare hands sifting them and turning them.
We found him millennia later, took both parts home, and began the mourning ceremony.
Can Hollywood match our reality?? I doubt it.