For the second time in 18 months, world events are so portentous that it seems nearly churlish to even think about happenings in the small cosmos of the food-distribution industry. The first time, of course, was the tragedy of Sept. 11. Now, as of this writing, initial salvos have been fired in the U.S. military campaign against Baghdad. There is utterly no way to even imagine what that campaign may set in motion and how it will change our lives and change the industry. But it's true ...

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