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September 28 2008

Actor Paul Newman is shown in a scene from his 1969 film 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid' in this undated publicity photograph.
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In Memorium: Paul Newman died Friday, September 26, 2008 at the age of 83. Robert Redford said "I have lost a real friend. ... My life - and this country - is better for his being in it."

Robert Redford 72, stared with Paul Newman in Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid, and The Sting

Newman starred in more than 50 films including Cool Hand Luke, Absence of Malice, and The Verdict. He donated tens of millions to charities through his food company Newman's Own and opened camps for children with cancer.

His daughters said "Our father was a rare symbol of selfless humility, the last to acknowledge what he was doing was special... Intensely private, he quietly succeeded beyond measure in impacting the lives of so many with his generosity."

Newman was against the Vietnam War and was so liberal he ended up on Nixon's enemies list. He said this was one of his proudest accomplishments.

Paul Newman is survived by his wife, Joanne Woodward, 5 daughters, two grandsons, and his older brother, Arthur. May he rest in peace and God Bless his family and friends.
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Sons of Iraq

masked Iraqi soldier listens during a briefing of the security preparations for the hand over of the Anbar province in Ramadi, 100 km (60 miles) west of Baghdad, August 29, 2008. U.S. troops will on September 1 hand over control of Iraq 's Anbar province, once the heart of a bloody Sunni Arab insurgency, reflecting a dramatic drop in violence across the country, an Iraqi official said on Thursday.
REUTERS/Mohanned Faisal (IRAQ)
REUTERS/Mohanned Faisal (IRAQ)

The concept that the Iraqis will have peace in terms of democracy is as elusive as ever even if violence is down.

In the latest scenario, the Shiite led government will begin to man checkpoints; and assume control over the Sunni fighters known as the Sons of Iraq.

The Sons of Iraq(also called Awakening Councils) were the guys who were killing Americans, so we paid them to come over to our side.

It is an impossible possibility, in my opinion, for there to be peace between the Shiites and Sunnis. If we stay in Iraq forever and back the Sons of Iraq, maybe, but left to their own devices, peace just ainít going to happen. KT

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