The BBC has started an interesting project focusing on the disastrous war in Iraq. In one its web pages it is monitoring the effects of the war, week by week, by looking at casualty figures, the pressure on hospitals and quality of life for ordinary civilians.

The war in Iraq has been a disaster. Bush gifts Americans and British people with grief and a dark future of fear, and the Iraqi people with genocide and a multilateral civil war. The only happy guy, were he not probably long dead, would be Mr Osama bin-Laden, who would have seen his corporation and franchise of terror wealthy as never before. But we know that the Bush family is used to exchanging gifts with the bin-Ladens. It is a long tradition, which this time, probably, has its Freudian side.

However, if President Bush still believes that his controversial surge strategy in Iraq is succeeding, it can only mean that he is still speaking to who he thinks is a god. Yet this god can only be Kūkā`ilimoku Ki`i Hulu Manu, shown above, the Hawaiian feather-headed war god.

Gabriele Marranci