troop levels

“These improvements in the face of the general devastation look small and insignificant because the devastation is so much bigger.”

– HAIDAR MINATHAR, an Iraqi author, actor and director, on the effect of increased U.S. troop levels.

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/09/world/middleeast/09surge.html

on dessert

In “Waiting for Dessert,” Laurie Colwin writes:

“It often seems that the world divides (evenly or unevenly) into those who are waiting for dessert and those who have to produce it.”