It's like the elephant in the middle of the room, this horror show in Iraq. On the one hand, I don't want to write about it at all, because so many others do it so much better, and this has never been a highly political blog. I don't have enough time to devote to news and research and even careful thought about it all, and without that it seems pointless to write about it publicly. On the other hand, it seems impossible to dance around it, especially now with the horrific images of torture at Abu Graib and the gruesome death of Nick Berg, all of it playing out over the internet. I feel sick, and ashamed, and horrified, and most of all helpless.