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Thursday, May 13, 2004

When in Iraq, do as the Iraqis do. 

When visiting less civilized nations, the vast majority of Americans are quietly appalled at the human condition they witness. Their discomfort is amplified by the very human guilt they feel--merely for being powerless in the presence of cruel injustices. For these good folks, the experience refines their sense of empathy, and imparts a deeper appreciation for what they have at home.

On the other hand, there are Americans who readily adapt to an environment of cruel injustices. They comfortably assume a privileged status and proceed to explore the darker side of human nature. One man's tragedy becomes another man's entertainment and ego gratification.

Some people are natural killers. They're not hard to spot--in situations that favor killers.

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