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Namelus, one of the things this points out is a massive failing of our own State Department (and other agencies). We simply don’t understand the thinking of other cultures, and if they don’t behave in a manner consistent with our own view of “normal,” we fear them, and want to subdue them, or even subject them. After all, if they don’t think the way we do, they’re “wrong.”

And thus, we keep ending up wondering what happened (from the old saying that there are three types of people in the world: those that make things happen, those what watch things happen, and those that wonder what happened).