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    Observing in Baghdad one time while in transport, watched an old man trying to cross a road. He was bent over and grasping a walking stick while he slowly crept across the pavement. About half way across the intersection, he stopped, then fell down. People rushed toward him to help get him out of the road. I lost sight of him as the crowd gathered. Then the explosion, and all the people, including the old man on the ground, disappeared. Others rushed toward the sight, but there was nothing to do.

    The old man had been rigged by some bad guys, and ordered to do what he did, or his whole family would be wiped out.

    Such is the way of the world.

    Be careful how you respond to distress, or opportunity. If something looks suspicious, or seems too good to be true, that’s when your neck hairs ought to be coming up on you. You gotta see things for what they are, not what you want them to be.

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    Good reminder, Benjammin. Too many Americans are far too quick to look at combat vets as just “screwed up” when they react to things nobody else around them reacts to – because most Americans have never witnessed a grenade get tossed into a bar by a little kid on a bike in Saigon, or what you detailed above, or the first explosion, followed by the second explosion after people have gathered to help the injured from the first explosion. Israelis and others already know that trick well.

    Sadly, as was pointed out in Malgus’ “Days of Rage” post, bombing has already been used in the United States – but too few today were alive or aware back in the 70s, and don’t remember that history. To those of us that reached adulthood in the 60s (even the very early 70s), what we’re seeing now should seem downright eerie. It’s a resurgence of exactly what was happening back then, but we’ve become a far more confrontational society, with far fewer rules pertaining to human decency, and thus Benjammin’s reminder above seems spot-on to me.

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    Such is the way of the U.S. Benjamin. I’ve been around here long enough to see a lot of bad stuff. You don’t know when how why or where but you try to always be ready. Even so it can give you a new frame of reference to see relatives or friends who want to do you harm. Strangers are always a ?
    Criminals are very good at manipulating trusting people. Beware the Slenderman bearing gifts. He will ask for sacrifices in return for his favors.

    As for people being blown up by bombs I think there should be a ban on all Muslim immigration into the U.S.. Anything else is asking for violent death.

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    Benjamin, great story that we all need to learn from.

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