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Attack of the Spiral of Violence
AP reports that the Pope has come out against  an abstraction dear to the hearts of hand wringers everywhere (and not for the first time):

In the name of God, I appeal to all those responsible for this spiral of violence [to] immediately put down their arms on all sides.

(Question for geometry whizzes out there in the 'sphere:  Do spirals go up or down?  Or sideways?  Or, since the spiral is itself an abstraction, does it, in fact go anywhere?)

Do an advanced Google search on Google on spiral of violence and you get  206,000 pages.  Here are the first several:

A spiral of violence
A spiral of violence. By Tope Akinwande. West Africa is mired in widespread and intertwined conflicts causing the death, mutilation and displacement of ... - Cached

Central America The Spiral of Violence in Central America

The Spiral of Violence in Central America. by Tim Rogers. Z magazine, September 2000. As the 21st century begins, the new era of peace and economic ... - Cached

4Uman: Spiral of Violence

4Uman: Spiral of Violence. How does a spiral of violence occur in relationships? – Examples are illustrated in comics and made graphic through newspaper ... - Cached

Williams laments Lebanon vicious spiral of violence

an article that relates to theology and politics from ekklesia, a news service and think tank promoting theology in public life. - Cached

Asia Times Online :: South Asia news - Mumbai attacks: A spiral of ...

Mumbai attacks: A new spiral of violence By Sudha Ramachandran BANGALORE - What adds to the significance of Tuesday's terror attacks in Mumbai is that they ... - Cached

BBC NEWS | World | Africa | Analysis: Behind Nigeria's violence

The BBC's Dan Isaacs looks at the complex reasons behind the recent spate of localised conflicts in Nigeria. - Cached Jesus and the Spiral of Violence: Popular Jewish ... Jesus and the Spiral of Violence: Popular Jewish Resistance in Roman Palestine (Facets): Books: Richard A. Horsley by Richard A. Horsley. - Cached

Iraq’s spiral of violence Paul Rogers - openDemocracy

Iraq’s spiral of violence Paul Rogers 21 - 10 - 2004. The United States is planning to escalate its already intense assaults on key urban centres in Iraq. ... - Cached

Lone Voice Against 'The Spiral of Violence'

Lone Voice Against 'The Spiral of Violence'. by Ben Fenton in Washington. THE only member of Congress to vote against a resolution giving President Bush a ... - Cached

Heather Gray: The Spiral of ViolenceThe Spiral of Violence. By HEATHER GRAY. We have recently been accosted by the photo of the dead Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in newspapers and on television ... - Cached