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For criminal horror and scale, Hitler’s Germany remains at the top of a still lengthening heap of unimaginable — but observable — cruelty.

At least Rwanda’s over.

However, add to the Islamic Small Wars and the ever smoldering Middle East Conflict the dark notes continuing to spill out of Burma, southern Sudan, Congo, Mexico, Colombia, and Somalia.

Love thy neighbor as thyself?

Not for ourselves alone (do we pray)?

It is true: for those who pray only for themselves, nature has a way of visiting the same unkindly.  Our species may be indeed stronger — better adapted, defended, and fit — when “not for ourselves alone do we pray.”

Or act.


BBC. “Q&A: DR Congo Conflict.”  October 17, 2012.

Gizmodo.  “World Map of All Wars and Conflicts Happening in 2012.

Wikipedia.  “Memory of the Camps (1985)”.