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06/21/2005

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"what stage the insurgency will enter after its last throe"

You're wise to focus on the post-throe time horizon, because that's where a lot of the most important stuff is going to be taking place, but and I think we'll have better sense of where we stand in relation to the PTTH after we're over the current hump (in case you haven't noticed we're in the midst of humping a throe).

My dictionary in describing the pains of throes references the "throes of childbirth". Perhaps with Iraq we have the "throes of nationbuilding". But I think the gestation period for the latter is much longer and with greater danger of being stillborn, and stem cell research will not help. Bush and Cheney remain the midwives, but what and when will they deliver?

If it's from childbirth I suppose during some last throes you die.

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