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My one and only post regarding the war…

“Think of the children of Iraq!” was the rallying cry for much of the anti-administration, (temporary) peace-at-all-costs crowd. If American forces invaded Iraq, the streets would surely run red with the blood of innocent children, or so they would have us believe.

I’m betting these children didn’t mind our involvement –

Jailed Iraqi children run free as marines roll into Baghdad suburbs

…Around 150 children spilled out of the jail after the gates were opened as a US military Humvee vehicle approached, Lieutenant Colonel Fred Padilla told an AFP correspondent travelling with the Marines 5th Regiment.

“Hundreds of kids were swarming us and kissing us,” Padilla said.

“There were parents running up, so happy to have their kids back.”

“The children had been imprisoned because they had not joined the youth branch of the Baath party,” he alleged. “Some of these kids had been in there for five years.”

Kind of makes anti-war statements such as this seem utterly ridiculous:

…the voices of the men, women and children of Iraq who suffer daily from the effects of U.N. sanctions…Their present misery will fade against the innocent bloodshed to come in the event of war.

Yup… those children released from jail certainly are worse off now, eh?

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Day 44 of 84

Well, I’m halfway home. I was going to do a big breakdown of my progress, but let’s just say I’ve dropped nearly 9 pounds (15 pounds since Christmas!), quite a bit of body fat, and am looking much more defined than I have in a *looooong* time 🙂 I’m still not seeing much progress around the mid-section – I really want to lose these 36″ pants – but that’s to be expected. It’s the first place guys put on weight, and the last place it comes off. I am starting to see some ab definition, which is encouraging. Six more weeks to go… these last six weeks have gone by very slowly – I hope the second half will seem a little quicker!

Weight: 195.5 (up .5)

Body fat: 21% (up 2)

Workout: weights; lower body