...But of these sophisms and elenchs of merchandise I skill not...
Milton, Areopagitica

Except he had found the
standing sea-rock that even this last
Temptation breaks on; quieter than death but lovelier; peace
that quiets the desire even of praising it.

Jeffers, Meditation On Saviors



a great loss of such a great American:

"He had kids, his family, and he didn't want to go," said Kelly Nelson, Inman's cousin in Wimberley. "But he loved the Army and did his duty."
Then, on the day after Christmas, his family learned that he had been killed.
On Saturday, the military said he was one of two U.S. soldiers shot and killed by an Iraqi soldier with whom they had been working. The Iraqi soldier is reportedly in custody and representatives for both the U.S. and Iraqi armies said they are investigating.
"Initially, they are upset over the way he died," said Sam Canine, a pastor at Killeen's Memorial Baptist Church. "It was quasi-friendly fire. We train them and they shoot one of our best."
But Canine said he has been urging mourners to take comfort in how Inman lived his life.
"Rowdy was the kind of guy where you realized it's not the duration of his life, it's the donation of his life," he said. "His name said it all. He didn't lack for having fun."
Tinsley/Star-Telegram 08.Jan.08
Now he is a hero, with a name that will never be forgotten:
"I was there when the American captain and his soldiers raided a neighborhood and started shouting at women to tell them where some men they wanted were," a resident of Mosul, speaking on condition of anonymity, told IPS on phone. "The women told them they did not know, and their men did not do anything wrong, and started crying in fear."
The witness said the U.S. captain began to shout at his soldiers and the women, and his men then started to grab the women and pull them by their hair.
"The soldier we knew later to be Kaissar shouted at the Americans, 'No, no,' but the captain shouted back at the Iraqi soldier," the witness told IPS. "Then the Iraqi soldier shouted, 'Let go of the women, you sons of bitches,' and started shooting at them."
Ali al-Fadhily and Dahr Jamail/IPS 07.Jan.08
Independent sources have since told IPS that Kaissar was captured by a special joint Iraqi-U.S. force, and he is now being held and tortured at the al-Ghizlany military camp in Mosul.

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