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When Pakistanis fret over the violence of your society, maybe you have a problem

Pakistanis are fretting over our problem with violence in our schools. But generally I am avoiding the subject of the Newtown slaughter because it just enrages and saddens me. Of course, a score of people dead is just another day in Iraq. See what I mean about growing bitter?

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Pakistanis are fretting over our problem with violence in our schools. But generally I am avoiding the subject of the Newtown slaughter because it just enrages and saddens me.

Of course, a score of people dead is just another day in Iraq.

See what I mean about growing bitter?

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com.

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