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All wars are dumb. In retrospect, it’s easy to see how they could and should have been prevented.

But that doesn’t mean the men – and these days, the women – who fight them are stupid.

Almost 2,500 U.S. citizens have died in Iraq as have countless Iraqis. Many more are maimed and wounded in ways that will affect how they live the rest of their lives. Today, Memorial Day here in the U.S., we offer two Hotspots for your joint consideration. They fit together nicely, if sadly.

Christopher Hitchens writes in the Wall Street Journal on memorials and war and Garry Trudeau’s lists the U.S. dead in his Sunday comic, a memorial of sorts for this – sloppily managed, stupidly conducted – conflict.

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