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November 16, 2004



This is a lovely piece. I hadn't heard the term "steel rain" before but find it eeriely evocative. I've been trying not to look at the news since the election.

That this is being done by my country makes me ill. That I feel helpless to stop it makes me despair.


I get what you're saying about the news: I've been mildly nauseous since November 2, which I was attributing to my own MS vertigo -- but it's more like Shrub vertigo.

The problem with not paying attention to the news: as I say to people who claim they don't care about politics, "It cares about you."

Filkins is one of the more poetic writers at the Times -- especially for a military correspondent. Even though he's writing from an American perspective, he's not parroting their declarations.

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