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Life and blood

Posted by Fariba on September 30, 2005

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White House National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice defends the administration's approach saying as officials were planning for war, they were also planning to keep the peace. She says the U.S.-led coalition intends to have the leading role, having given in whole words "life and blood" to the war effort. She says the precise role of the United Nations should be determined by the coalition, the Iraqis, and the U.N. itself. What is the meaning of Life and Blood ?