Saturday, June 26, 2004

I was having a conversation with someone in March who was interested in my next trip to Iraq.

"Shouldn't you wait," she said, "until after April when the violence will be less?"

I said that this was rather a great presumption. The rhetoric from Washington notwithstanding, I expected things to grow progressively worse with each month.

The same for May, now June, and so on through July.

There is a fundamental misunderstanding, both in Washington and Baghdad, that the events are under some sort of operational control. The situation is devolving and will continue to do so without some ameliorating influences. Those with the skills, goodwill, and wisdom to work on this situation should be supported, rather than hindered, in this resolve.

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Wednesday, June 23, 2004

We mourn for our brother Kim Sun-il and all of the others who are victims of premeditated violence and atrocity. Such actions are NOT the way of persons of faith and the murderers are rightly condemned not only by the world but by Allah as well.

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