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August 29, 2004

Peace is busting out all over...

War Making Headlines, but Peace Breaks Out

Sun Aug 29, 1:55 PM ET

By CHARLES J. HANLEY, AP Special Correspondent

The chilling sights and sounds of war fill newspapers and television screens worldwide, but war itself is in decline, peace researchers report.

In fact, the number killed in battle has fallen to its lowest point in the post-World War II period, dipping below 20,000 a year by one measure. Peacemaking missions, meantime, are growing in number.

All despite the best efforts of Bush to make war a Good Thing.

Obviously, the world is responding to Kerry's foreign policy initiatives.

Read about it here.

How about a different calculus, fellas? The nature of war has changed, too. You guys are all about rejoicing in the shift of hi-intensity wars to low-intensity conflict... but have you thought about measuring the effect of the displacement?

Not that a net-downcheck in combat-related deaths are a bad thing... but should that be the seemingly sole criterion applied?