More British soldiers (12) have died this month than any month of the war since the initial invasion. This puts to lie the contention by Republicans that things are only bad in Baghdad; the British are in the supposedly peaceful south.
The American total for the month is 104.
What passing-bells for these who die as cattle?
-Only the monstrous anger of the guns.
Only the stuttering rifles' rapid rattle
Can patter out their hasty orisons.
No mockeries now for them; no prayers nor bells;
Nor any voice of mourning save the choirs,-
The shrill, demented choirs of wailing shells;
And bugles calling for them from sad shires.~ Anthem for Doomed Youth by Wilfred Owen