abate = "to increase"

sagehen sagehen at WESTELCOM.COM
Mon Mar 19 19:27:56 UTC 2007

>At 3/18/2007 09:05 PM, you wrote:
>>Tell me I'm wrong about this:
>>   2007 _Yahoo/ AP News_ (Mar. 18) [
>> http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070318/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iraq ]: BAGHDAD
>> - Sunni insurgents, resilient despite the five-week security
>> crackdown in the capital, killed at least six more U.S. troops over
>> the weekend. A Sunni car bomber hit a largely Shiite district in
>> the capital Sunday, killing at least eight people....Across Iraq,
>> at least 20 people died Sunday, a sign that violence continued to
>> abate as U.S. and Iraqi forces press ahead with what many view as a
>> last-chance bid to quell the sectarian violence in Baghdad and
>> central regions of the country.
>Cringing, I can only suggest that perhaps someone changed this from
>"across Iraq, only 20 people died Sunday" (less than the average per
>day of the past several months, I believe), thinking it was not
>certain that no more had.  But still, "a sign that violence continued
>to abate" that only the present administration could take heart from.
Or, if you have absolutely no compunction about lying, which leaders in
wartime have exhibited in practically any war you could name,  it could be
intentionally misleading.  The all-too-compliant press  will go on echoing
the official announcements without parsing or any attempt to match words
with evidence.
1984 forever.

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