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What About the War at Home?

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  • Teresa Binstock
    What About the War at Home? By Colbert I. King Saturday, March 1, 2003; Page A19 http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A17172-2003Feb28.html [excerpt]
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 1, 2003
      What About the War at Home?
      By Colbert I. King
      Saturday, March 1, 2003; Page A19
      http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A17172-2003Feb28.html


      [excerpt]
      About 9 a.m. on Jan. 31, a gunman crossed a busy avenue in Northeast Washington
      and walked up to his intended victim, who was filling his car at a gas station.
      The gunman shot the customer and ran away. One witness at the gas station saw
      the victim on the ground but continued pumping gas, paid for his purchase and
      drove away. Cars continued pulling away from the gas station. Three minutes
      after the shooting, the station manager approached the man, who was lying on his
      back, eyes and mouth open, lifeless. The whole stunning event was captured by a
      video camera.

      A brazen killer operating without fear or caution on the streets of the nation's
      capital. That is what most frightens some people in this city.

      This town is treated to talk -- sympathetic presidential talk -- about a people
      far away who live in fear and whose lives and freedom mean nothing to their
      oppressor. We hear of the need to liberate them from their misery. But they are
      not the only people living in a nightmare world not of their own choosing. Some
      residents of this city know that world, too. But their terror, it seems, is not
      very high on any official agenda in Washington.
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