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CHAPEL HILL, NC—A field study released Monday by the University of North Carolina School of Public Health suggests that Iraqi citizens experience sadness and a sense of loss when relatives, spouses, and even friends perish, emotions that have until recently been identified almost exclusively with Westerners. An Iraqi study group reacts to a car bombing. Researchers (not pictured) gathered data from a fortified observation booth. "We were struck by how an Iraqi reacts to the sight of the bloody or decapitated corpse of a family member in a not unlike an American, or at the very least a Canadian, would," said Dr. Jonathan Pryztal, chief author of the study. "In addition to the rage, bloodlust, and hatred we already know to dominate the Iraqi emotional spectrum, it appears that they may have some capacity, however limited, for sadness."
Ever since I returned from Iraq, the stale mantra "freedom isn't free" has rung hollow in my ears. Used in justifying a military occupation of dubious legality, this unqualified statement is completely devoid of context and therefore meaningless. Nothing that I personally did or saw in the Army increased the freedom of any party.