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This one.

Here is what the Daily Kos founder had to say a while back -- comments that got him removed from the Kerry for President web site blogroll.

Wall Street Journal
BY JAMES TARANTO
Friday, April 2, 2004 5:08 p.m. EST

'Screw Them'
Markos Moulitsas Zuniga, who runs the Angry Left Daily Kos blog, had this to say in a post yesterday about the murders of four American contractors who were helping to deliver food in Fallujah, Iraq:

"Every death should be on the front page

Let the people see what war is like. This isn't an Xbox game. There are real repercussions to Bush's folly.

That said, I feel nothing over the death of merceneries [sic]. They aren't in Iraq because of orders, or because they are there trying to help the people make Iraq a better place. They are there to wage war for profit. Screw them.

Zuniga has taken down the original post, but in a new post he acknowledges it and offers a partial retraction, which essentially amounts to saying he didn't actually "feel nothing"; in fact, he was angry at the victims...."

(Update) From the Washington Post, April 11, 2004:

2 Victims In Fallujah Ambush Buried

An Army veteran killed by insurgents while working as a private contractor in Iraq was buried Saturday with military honors at a national cemetery.

The service for Jerko Zovko was held largely in Croatian, reflecting his family heritage.

Zovko, who was known as Jerry, was fluent in English, Croatian, Spanish, Russian and Arabic.

His brother, Tom, read from a condolence note sent by an American who knew Zovko in Iraq, describing him as a renegade who found time to create a rooftop pool in a desert barracks and was willing to be a leader.

"He wanted to help the Iraqis, and he wanted to do it on their terms," Tom Zovko told the mourners.

Zovko, 32, was one of four American security workers killed March 31 when they were hit by rocket-propelled grenades in a rebel ambush in Fallujah. Jubilant mobs dragged the burned bodies through the streets and hung two from a bridge, but Zovko's family did not know whether his was one of them.

In Clarksville, Tenn., about 200 people attended a memorial service for another worker killed in the ambush, Michael Teague, 38. Teague, a 12-year Army veteran, also received military honors, and members of his motorcycle club escorted the hearse.

"He knew the price of being a warrior," Teague's wife, Rhonda, said. "He was devoted to duty, honor and country. He loved his son, loved his family."

Teague and Zovko worked for Blackwater USA, a private security consultant. Loved ones said Saturday that both men were devoted to making the world a better place.