Revises Ballad to Reflect New Reality
Author Predicts 4,000 U.S. Deaths in Iraq
  
     Boston, MA—In response to the second deadliest day for the U.S. in Iraq this weekend with a reported 25
services members killed on Saturday, author and composer Dan Speers announced today that he has revised his
2005 estimate of 3,000 war dead to 4,000, and has updated his popular ballad,
One Thousand Brave Young
Soldiers Dead, with the new total.
     The ballad, written in 2003 and predicting only 1,000 dead, has attracted a dedicated following of antiwar
activists who say it captures the complexity and ambivalence of the Iraqi war by supporting the troops but
condemning the decision to go to war in the first place.
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  Speers has revised the
ballad once before, on Jan.
26, 2005, when 37 American
service members died, thirty-
one in a helicopter crash and
six others in combat,
increasing the original
number of 1,000 to 3,000.

  “It wasn’t a prediction,”
Speers protested, “but a plea
for sanity.  I had to speak out.
I can’t tell you how hard this
was for me or how many e-
mails I’m getting from all over
the world in support of this
change.”

  The ballad has been
adapted for Speers’ novel,
Master Spies Die Laughing, a
satirical send-up of the Bush
administration’s terrorism and
war policies, including the
controversy over Iran.

  “The ballad was only a
small part of the novel,”
Speers said, “but I think
readers now see it as a
metaphor for failure.” Both
versions of the ballad are at
www.masterspies.com.

 Speers, an award winning
writer and internationally
acclaimed poet. He was the
winner of the
2005 first place
Tom Howard Prize, selected
for the American Journal of
Poetry, finalist
2006 Marjorie
J. Wilson Award for Best
Poem, and a 2006
semifinalist, New Millennium
Writing competion.

Speers, an expert in
computers, technology and
spyware, is the author of
numerous textbooks on
computer programs and
programming. He is also the
inventor and patent holder of high-speed instant film development methodoloties,
a number of which formed the basis of  processing system used for long distance
call monitoring and recording.
 Basing his novel in part on his knowledge of long distance calling operations, call
management systems and computer operations, Speers says he originally saw his
ballad as a thematic element to tie together and explore the what he describes as
problematic explanations of war, espionage and national security provided by the
current administration.
     "The ballad has become far more important than one element of a story,"
Speers said. "'One Thousand Brave Young Soldiers' has come to represent  the
epitome of sacrifice and the arrogance of ignorance."
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