Friday, March 12, 2004

Nearly one year of war later . . . .

'Selfless' Spirit Killed In an Ambush in Iraq (

BAGHDAD, March 11 -- .....On Tuesday night, Holland and Robert J. Zangas of Trafford, Pa., became the first American civilian employees of the Coalition Provisional Authority to be killed in Iraq. Gunmen wearing Iraqi police uniforms stopped their vehicle at a makeshift checkpoint near Hilla, 60 miles south of the Iraqi capital, and shot the two Americans and an Iraqi translator to death, according to U.S. and allied military spokesmen.

Fern Holland had an interesting life. Not one I could lead - that's for sure. Africa, Siberia, Iraq. She lived with an intensity of purpose.

Next Friday will mark one year since the Iraq war began. I would argue that it continues still. So would many others. I read something yesterday that celebrated how the death toll had fallen to less than one soldier a day - .79, to be exact. That truly is an Accomplishment, isn't it?

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