Last night after getting a few chores around the house done, I settled in to watch the classic French documentary, “The Battle of Algiers.”  I didn’t realize it was a recreation of actual events–and it had been a while (okay since I saw Patton the week before) that I’ve been affected by a movie.  This morning I was listening to npr morning edition (like I do every workday) and was struck by a segment written by Captain Benjamin Tupper, a National Guardsmen who is currently embedded in Afghanistan as a trainer with the Afghan National Army.  Although one could argue that the circumstances in Afghanistan and Algeria are different (and they are), however this piece by Capt Tupper is powerful in a way that makes you think about the depravity of war–and what drives people to engage in these acts. 

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