" . . . truth and trust are the means by which civilization holds off barbarism. When those in power intend to abuse that power, they look for an outside enemy in order to trick the people into pressing the means of their own abuse into the hands of the abusers. If an enemy does not exist, it will be manufactured, and all manner of horrors will be attributed to it, so that anyone who demands truth and accountability is set upon as being unpatriotic. And so that, when someone said to be an enemy is found, there will be few questions asked about guilt or innocence, and many faces averted when he is taken away."
Mercedes Lackey, 'Alta.'
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Original image from Wikimedia Commons. "Israeli soldiers at Kalandia checkpoint in occupied West Bank taking Palestinian minors out of sight behind a building and assaulting them (presumably in an effort to obtain information from them). Other soldiers interrupted my photo-taking as the pictured soldiers repeatedly struck the kid in the head."
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