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Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’s suggestion that NATO forces be deployed in the future Palestinian state is not well-received by his rivals, the Hamas rulers of Gaza.

A spokesman for Hamas said Friday that the faction would regard any international military presence within a future Palestinian state as “occupation” forces, reported the Ma’an news agency.

During a rally in southern Gaza, spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said that any international forces stationed in “Palestine” as a result of a peace agreement with Israel would be treated the same as “the Israeli occupation.”

Abu Zuhri called on Abbas to withdraw from negotiations with the United States and Israel, saying the talks only served to “terminate the question of Palestine and what is left of Palestinian rights and principles.”

“Nobody has authorized you (Abbas) to speak on behalf of the Palestinian people, or on behalf of Hamas or any other faction,” he said, according to Ma’an.

He’s got a point: when did the Arab occupiers of Judea, Samaria, and Gaza last hold an election? (When they did in Gaza, Hamass won.) Abbas is almost nine years into a four-year term: I’d say he’s about as unauthorized to speak as anyone could be.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said last week that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu opposes the idea that NATO forces will secure Israel’s borders in the event of a withdrawal from Judea and Samaria.

Precisely, Bibi. Look how well UN “peacekeepers” have worked in Lebanon. No, if you want something done right, you have to do it yourself. When the missiles start falling, you’re a lot more motivated to stand and fight if it’s your own family and people you’re protecting.

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Romania Is Shocked! To Discover Antisemitic Television Programming

During the Holocaust, Romania was one of the most antisemitic nations in Europe. Even the Nazis were shocked by the enjoyment that population displayed at the torture and murder of Jewish citizens. So, although the government claims to be “shocked”, we at BTL are not.

Song includes lyric: “This is what the kike is good for, to make kike smoke through the chimney on the street.”

A Romanian public broadcaster distanced itself from a Christmas carol celebrating the Holocaust that aired on the new channel.

TVR3 Verde, a television channel for rural communities, presented the carol on December 5 during its maiden transmission.

Sung by the Dor Transilvan ensemble, it featured the lyrics: “The kikes, damn kikes, Holy God would not leave the kike alive, neither in heaven nor on earth, only in the chimney as smoke, this is what the kike is good for, to make kike smoke through the chimney on the street.”

In a statement Tuesday, TVR3 said it did not select the carol but only broadcast songs that were chosen and compiled by the Center for Preservation and Promotion of Traditional Culture, which belongs to the eastern county of Cluj.

TVR considers the selection “an uninspired choice and therefore notified the Cluj County Council of this,” the broadcaster’s statement read.

MCA Romania, a local watchdog on anti-Semitism, has written to Romanian President Traian Basecu and to Prime Minister Victor Viorel Ponta, to complain about the broadcast.

“We are shocked to see that the Romanian Public Television Channel 3 broadcast an anti-Semitic Christmas carol,” Maximillian Marco Katz and Marius Draghici of MCA Romania wrote in the letter. “It is outrageous that none in the audience took a stance against the anti-Semitic Christian carol that incites to burn the Jews.”

They added it was “absolutely unacceptable that TVR 3 tried to deny responsibility” by claiming it was the responsibility of Cluj County.

Here is the video. Cute little monsters, aren’t they?


They are members of the EU. Big surprise.

- Aggie

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Thinking About Considering a Proposal to Opine

Europe rushes headlong into dithering:

Hezbollah’s involvement in Syria might be the last straw that pushes the European Union to put the group on its terrorism list, European diplomatic sources told the London-based daily Asharq Al-Awsat on Friday.

A recent speech by Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah’s and possible evidence from last July’s bombing of Israelis in Bulgaria were cited as reasons contributing to the possible move by the EU, the report said.

How many decades has The Party of God been at this, and Europe still can’t decide?

The results from the Burgas suicide bombing – in which five Israeli tourists and a Bulgarian were killed – are supposed to prove Hezbollah’s involvement but have not been provided yet. They could push the 27 member-states of the EU to vote unanimously to list the organization on its terror list.

The report also said that if the evidence from the Burgas bombing and recent terror plots in Cyprus is convincing, it could even sway France, which has been reluctant to add Hezbollah to the list.

That’ll be the day.

Europe seems to suffer under the delusion that the Hezzies provide “social welfare”, whatever that is, and maybe they do. But if the Nazis contributed generously to World Wildlife Fund or picked up litter along the highways, would they cease to be, you know, Nazis in Europe’s eyes?

Take your time, Europe. Wouldn’t want to be hasty.

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1040 of Anne Frank

Tax Bill of a Young Girl:


Make it out to Amsterdam Revenue, sweetheart.

THE HAGUE (JTA) — The City of Amsterdam fined hundreds of Jewish Holocaust survivors for failing to pay taxes while they were in hiding or in concentration camps.

The affair was exposed in an article in Het Parool, a local daily, on March 30. Many of the houses in question were confiscated and used by members of the NSB Dutch Nazi party while the Jewish owners were in hiding or in camps.

The city went after survivors as late as 1947, the report said. Other Dutch municipalities waived such debts, Het Parool reported. The following year the city agreed to reimburse half of what it charged to some Jews who were taxed in absentia. The city’s archives contain 342 requests for reimbursement, Het Parool reported.

About 75 percent of Holland’s pre-World War II Jewish population of 140,000 was murdered in the Holocaust, according to the Center for Information and Documentation on Israel, a Hague-based watchdog on anti-Semitism which is known locally by its acronym CIDI.

Ronny Naftaniel, CIDI’s senior advisor, told JTA that although the discovery was “shocking,” there have been various reports of the city’s conduct after World War II, though “few facts were known. The City of Amsterdam has never, to my knowledge, taken steps to correct its actions,” said Naftaniel, who used to serve as the treasurer of Holland’s Central Jewish Board, or CJO.

The Dutch like to tell themselves and the world that their resistance was every bit as heroic as the French. Instead, it seems to have been even more inflated and craven. We’ve written about this before. Even Himmler or Eichmann (or one of those Nazi maggots) marveled at the eagerness of the Dutch in ratting out the Jews in their midst. This news isn’t worse than the Holocaust itself, but it fills the outlines of the monstrous behavior of so many Europeans.

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Antisemitism In Holland

Did you know that during the Holocaust, Holland had the largest percentage of Jewish deaths? That means that something like 75% of Dutch Jews died, higher than even Germany or Poland? Why? Because the Dutch collaborated the most.
But I digress.

Let’s talk about today. The Dutch government is recommending that Israeli products from disputed areas be scapegoated, labelled as such. This is because they’re such great people, the Dutch.

THE HAGUE – The Dutch government has advised business owners to refrain from labeling products from the Golan Heights, West Bank and east Jerusalem as made in Israel.

In a circular written by the Dutch Foreign Ministry and published on Wednesday on the website of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, stores are advised but not required to replace “Made in Israel” labels with a label reading “Product from Israeli settlement (West Bank/Golan Height /East Jerusalem).”

This applies to products that require a label, such as fresh vegetables, fruit, wine, honey, olive oil, fish, beef, poultry, eggs and cosmetics products, the notice said. The recommendation is in line with guidelines published in 2012 after a meeting by EU foreign ministers that said that “the European Union and its members are obligated to fully and effectively implement existing EU legislation and agreements with Israel regarding products from the settlements.”

The notice also said that labeling products from areas beyond the Green Line (the West Bank) as made in Israel would be “misleading,” as international law does not recognize those areas as being part of Israel.

The governments of Ireland, Denmark and the UK have also stated their support for labeling settlements products.

Israel annexed east Jerusalem and the Golan Heights, both areas captured in the 1967 Six-Day War, and does not consider those areas settlements. The final status of the West Bank, also captured during the ’67 war, has yet to be determined.

I am sure that the Dutch, and in fact all of Europe, have figured out how to coexist with their individual and collective conscience. They are all about coexistence, as we know. My conscience directs me to avoid their stuff, and I always, always check. This time of year, watch out for red, yellow and orange peppers (Holland), some cluster tomatoes, obviously the cheeses. Avoid the tulips. Pretty but poisonous.

- Aggie

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Party of God, People of Sin

If you want to understand why Europe is so reluctant to label Hezbollah a terrorist organization (though God knows why you’d waste your time), Jeff Jacoby explains the craven self interest (aka fear):

WHAT SO often motivated Europe’s appeasers, Winston Churchill understood, was cowardice and dishonor. “Each one hopes that if he feeds the crocodile enough, the crocodile will eat him last,” he said of the political elites who thought the best way to confront the threat posed by Nazi Germany was to avoid confronting it. “All of them hope that the storm will pass before their turn comes to be devoured.”

What would Churchill say of the European elites today who imagine that the best way to confront the threat posed by Hezbollah, one of the world’s deadliest and most fanatic terror networks, is likewise to avoid any confrontation?

The roster of terrorist attacks that Hezbollah is known or strongly believed to be responsible for is immense. From the hijacking of TWA Flight 847 to the rocketing of Israeli towns, from the murder of US servicemen in Saudi Arabia to the bombing of a Jewish community center in Argentina, from the assassination of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri to the killing of Saudi diplomats in Bangkok, from the abduction and torture of Americans in Lebanon to joining in the Assad regime’s murderous crackdown in Syria — the horrific list goes on and on. And as The Washington Post noted last week, a number of terror operations linked to Hezbollah have been foiled, “including botched bombing attempts in India, Thailand, Georgia, Azerbaijan, and Kenya.”

The moral stench of that rationalization is almost as repellent as its stupidity.

9/11 accustomed most Americans to thinking of Al Qaeda as the quintessential terrorist organization, but prominent dissenters point unhesitatingly to Hezbollah instead. “To be honest,” Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff said in 2008, “they make Al Qaeda look like a minor-league team.” In 2002, Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage argued that “Hezbollah may be the A-team of terrorists and maybe Al Qaeda is actually the B-team.”

So what can explain the European reluctance to blacklist Hezbollah as a terrorist organization and shut down its fundraising and logistical operations?

Are you sitting down?

As in Churchill’s day, cowardice and dishonor might have something to do with it.

“There’s the overall fear if we’re too noisy about this, Hezbollah might strike again,” Sylke Tempel, the editor-in-chief of the German foreign affairs magazine Internationale Politik told the Times last month, as the Bulgarian government was preparing its report on the Burgas bus bombing. “And it might not be Israeli tourists this time.”

The moral stench of that rationalization is almost as repellent as its stupidity. Yes, Hezbollah’s foremost targets are Jews and the Jewish state — it has always proclaimed the destruction of Israel as its goal — but have Europeans still not figure out that while Nazis and the Nazi-like start by killing Jews, they rarely end with them?

The slogan of Holocaust remembrance is “never again”. But not only doe evil recycle itself in seeming perpetuity (albeit with smaller casualty totals), so does spinelessness. Europe has nothing to say to Israel. Except “forgive us”.

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Europe Lives Down to Expectations

Sanctions! Yeah, that’s the ticket!

A group of German members of parliament arrived on Sunday in Iran, including a representative of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union party, and was slated to meet with the local chamber of commerce and Mohammad Javad Larijani, the head of the Iranian human rights council. He is the official who justified the stoning of women as punishment and called for Israel’s destruction.

Wahied Wahdat-Hagh, a German-Iranian expert on the Islamic Republic and EU-Iran relations, said such trips to Iran are “a failure of the sanctions of the EU and of Obama, of transatlantic cooperation and of a common European policy.”

Yet another group of parliament members from European Union countries was planning a diplomatic mission to Iran over the weekend, but canceled it when Tehran refused to allow them to bestow an award on a human rights dissident. Still, the group was more than prepared to give Iran a photo op and snub two U.S. senators who had implored them not to go, not to mention Obama.

Alan Mendoza, the director of the London-based think tank Henry Jackson Society, said the sanctions can’t work if everyone isn’t on board.
“It’s difficult to see how current sanctions policy is going to bring results on the economic front,” Mendoza said. “Iran is being slowly squeezed and is therefore able to react to every new sanctions round and mitigate its worst effects.“

Mendoza called for “measures that would work together immediately and form a complete EU-U.S. trade embargo, cutting off both Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps and the Iran-linked Lebanese terror group Hezbollah.

“A big bang impact like this would force Iran’s hand,” Mendoza said.

Agreed. A big bang impact would certainly get Iran’s attention. Bunker-buster or JDAM anyone?

Otherwise, it’s a lot more of this:

BERLIN – Flagship German financial institution Deutsche Bank appears to be embroiled in violations of Iran sanctions, the German television channel n-tv reported Tuesday on its website.

According to the report, Deutsche Bank confirmed in its quarterly business report on Tuesday that US investigators were probing the banking giant for violating the trade embargo on Iran.

The possible violation deals with a financial transaction with the Islamic Republic in US dollars. Deutsche Bank says it will now cooperate with the authorities, though it had previously refused to comment on the allegations.

In August, The New York Times reported that the US authorities had launched investigations into international credit organizations for their involvement in bank deals totaling billions of dollars with Iran and Sudan.

Iran is developing an atom bomb, and Sudan stands accused of genocide. Europe says, “Howdy pardners!”

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Oktober-pestilence

Is there anyone who didn’t collaborate with the Arab terrorists?

German newspaper Der Spiegel revealed Sunday that German authorities cooperated with Black September, a Palestinian terror group, after it had carried out an attack that killed 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich.

Germany, it was reported, did so for fear of additional attacks on its soil.

According to the report, the German government held secret contacts with the planners of the Munich Massacre. Several months after the attack, Germany’s then foreign minister, Walter Scheel, met secretly with several Black September members to “rebuild trust.”

According to Der Spiegel, Germany suspended its criminal investigation against the massacre’s perpetrators as the talks progressed. Several weeks later, the deputy foreign minister announced that the investigation had been concluded.

In 1977, French police asked Germany whether it wanted it to extradite Abu Daoud, one of the planners of the attack, but Germany decided not to answer the question.

Ilana Romano, wife of Israeli athlete Yossef Romano who was killed in the attack, said in response, “I am not surprised, this isn’t new. We’ve known about this for a long time.

“It’s sad that what we’ve been saying for years has only now been put forward. I thank Der Spiegel of publishing this information. Better late than never.”

And, as we reported last month, German guilt runs both wide and deep:

A prominent political scientist has placed the blame squarely on German leftists for complicity in Black September’s murder of 11 Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympic Games in 1972.

Writing in the current edition of the German Jewish newspaper Jüdische Allgemeine Wochenzeitung, Dr. Wolfgang Kraushaar sharply disputed a recent Der Spiegel article’s emphasis on the role of neo-Nazis in the attack, calling the news item “blown up” and nothing new.

“It was not ‘Brown [Nazi] help,’ as Der Spiegel writes, but rather a joint work of German Left radicals and Palestinian terrorists.”

Kraushaar, who has written extensively on the German Left’s involvement in attacks on Jews and Israelis, argued in his commentary that though the Munich murders were part and parcel of a merger between German Leftists and Palestinian terrorists, Der Spiegel aimed to portray them as series of murders by the extreme Right.

He criticized the news weekly for pushing a false narrative that ignores the close contacts between German Left radicalism and Palestinian terrorism.

He cited a list of German leftists who praise Palestinian terrorism against Jews.

Wilfried Böse, a leftist student in Frankfurt in 1969, worked closely with Palestinian activists, and supported the Red Army Faction with weapons and explosives.

“There is serious information” that Böse also supported the terrorists of the Black September in the Olympic attacks,” Kraushaar wrote.

Red Army Faction leader Ulrike Meinhof, for example, celebrated the 1972 murders of Israeli athletes as an expression of “anti-imperialism.”

The neo-Nazis helped the terrorists, the communists helped the terrorists, and the government helped the terrorists. I may be sick to my stomach—but I can’t say I’m surprised.

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Can Anyone Identify This?


Cogitate on it for a while and in a couple of hours I’ll post the answer.

Ok, a little lesson in humanity, Europe, and thoughts about genocide today:
The Treblinka Gold Rush

It is a familiar image, one people have seen in countless variations: a group of peasants at harvest time after work, resting contentedly with their tools behind a pile of crops. Some may have taken a snapshot of this kind on summer vacations, while visiting with distant relatives in the countryside; others might carry it as a souvenir of their days as a student volunteer, when they helped farmers in the back country in their work. It was the kind of image featured every summer on the front pages of newspapers in communist countries half the world over, and visitors could find more or less artistically refined renditions in art galleries and museums.

Yet despite the bucolic setting, this particular photograph is disquieting—and not just because it’s out of focus. Something feels off-kilter about the landscape, which cannot be pegged easily to a geographical location. Were palm trees rather than conifers protruding from behind the group, one might place the setting of the photograph in a desert. And when one notes what is scattered in front of the group the mystery deepens.

Where are we? Who are the people in the photograph?

We are in the middle of Europe right after World War II. The peasants in the photograph are standing atop the ashes of 800,000 Jews gassed and cremated in the Treblinka extermination camp between July 1942 and October 1943. The peasants have been digging through remains of Holocaust victims, hoping to find gold and precious stones that their Nazi executioners may have overlooked.

This innocent-looking image links two central events of the Holocaust—the mass murder of European Jews and the accompanying looting of their property. The writer Rachela Auerbach visited Treblinka on Nov. 7, 1945, as part of an official delegation organized by the Main Commission for the Investigation of Hitlerite Crimes. She called one of the chapters of a small book she subsequently wrote about the Treblinka extermination camp “The Polish Colorado or About the Gold Rush in Treblinka.” She also described how plunderers with shovels were everywhere. “They dig, they search, pulling out bones and body parts. Maybe something could still be found,” she writes, “maybe a golden tooth?”

First, as Obama would say, let me be clear. The gold-digging, digging for gold teeth or watches or jewelry in football-sized fields of ashes from the crematoria, has been documented through the 1960s. As you can see from the photograph, the Polish ghouls were not ashamed of their activities. This is what people, definitely Europeans and probably most people, are capable of doing. If you go to the link and read the entire article, you will learn that Poles met the trains as they were stopped in the stations and offered to sell the condemned inside a cup of water. They used the sexual favors of their wives and daughters to bypass the guards. The Holocaust was a business for them, not unlike the businesses that sprung up around The Big Dig in Boston.

So… thinking about genocide today, do we try to intervene or do we not? I don’t have the answer. But an informed answer includes thinking about this really hard. Allowing this stuff to happen means that we are people who allow it to happen.

- Aggie

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Bad Tripoli

When disaster strikes anywhere in the world—Haiti, the Philippines, Congo, Sri Lanka (Turkey declined)—Israeli aid and personnel are among the first to arrive.

Not so with others:

A report into the deaths of 63 Libyan refugees on a small boat last May said a “catalogue of errors” by coastguards and Nato meant they were never rescued.

The Council of Europe inquiry says two Nato ships close by failed to respond to distress calls, and no country launched a search and rescue mission.

Only nine people survived the 15-day Mediterranean voyage after the boat ran out of fuel and drifted back to Libya.

Nato has said it has no record of any aircraft or ship contacting the boat.

The report by Europe’s human rights watchdog says some 1,500 people died at sea trying to reach Europe in 2011.

Many of these were trying to flee from Libya or other conflicts in North Africa.

The nine-month inquiry concludes that there were many opportunities to rescue the migrants, who were hoping to reach the Italian island of Lampedusa:

After 18 hours at sea in a crowded boat with little fuel and water, a distress call was sent by satellite phone to an Eritrean priest living in Italy

This was passed to the Italian coastguard which used the satellite call to establish the boat’s position

The information was passed onto other ships in the area

Nato had said the area was a military zone under its control, but failed to launch a rescue operation

Within a few hours the survivors say a military helicopter hovered over them and dropped food and water, and indicated that it would return – it never did

The boat made contact with two fishing vessels which refused to help

On around the tenth day when half of those on board were already dead, a large military boat allegedly came alongside, but despite obvious distress signals it also sailed away.

Sorry, Libyans, but that’s how Europe treated Jewish refugees fleeing the Holocaust. It’s how they roll.

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A Quarter Of French People Openly Antisemitic

Antisemitism rising across Europe. Again.

Nearly a quarter of French citizens still show anti-Semitic attitudes, the Anti-Defamation League revealed in a new poll published on Tuesday.

The findings were released a day after the brutal murder of three children and a rabbi in front of a Jewish school in Toulouse, France.

According to the poll, “the overall level of anti-Semitism increased to 24 percent of the population, an increase from 20% in a previous ADL poll conducted in 2009.”

In addition, 45% of respondents said violence against European Jews was based on “anti-Jewish feelings,” rather than anti-Israeli sentiment, an increase from 39% in 2009.

ADL executive director Abraham H. Foxman commented on the findings, saying that “Those increases are all the more disturbing in light of the shooting attack at the Jewish school in Toulouse.”

The results were part of a larger study on anti-Semitism in Europe, which included nine other countries: Austria, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Spain Italy, the Netherlands, Norway and the United Kingdom.

Respondents in those ten countries where asked to identify whether or not they subscribed to certain statements labeled by ADL as “classical” anti-Semitism. Those questions included whether respondents felt Jews were more loyal to Israel than the European country, whether Jews have too much power in the business world or international markets and whether Jews discuss the Holocaust too often.

Nine out of ten countries showed increases in anti-Semitic attitudes, according to the poll.

The most anti-Semitic country was Hungary, the ADl found, with 63% of the population expressing anti-Semitic sentiments as compared with 47% in 2009.

Spain also showed high marks, with over half the population (53%) showing “deep-seated anti-Semitic attitudes.” Poland hovered at 48%, the same as in 2009.

The UK and Germany showed the lowest levels of anti-Semitism, at 17% and 21%, respectively.

The question that resonated the most in all countries was whether European Jews were more loyal to their European state or Israel. In none of the 10 countries did less than 45% of respondents believe Jews were more loyal to their European country, with as many as 72% in Spain and 61% in Poland and Italy questioning Jewish allegiance.

Guess what those numbers make Jewish people feel in terms of allegiance. Who would you trust to protect you – Israel or the descendents of the people who facilitated the Holocaust? That’s a no-brainer.

- Aggie

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The [Bleep] You Learn

Okay, boys and girls, how many of you knew this?

As Turkey welcomes Syrians fleeing violence, the anniversary last Friday of the deaths of more than 750 Jewish refugees who were denied shelter by Turkey in World War II was a reminder of perennial tension between pragmatic and humanitarian impulses.

The SS Struma, whose passengers fled Romania and docked in Istanbul, was denied entry to Palestinian territory by colonial power Britain. On February 23, 1942, Turkey towed the vessel to the Black Sea and set it adrift. A Soviet torpedo sank it the next morning, and only one person survived.

Excuse my ignorance if this is old news to you.

This comes from an article on the diplomatic tensions between Israel and Turkey, but I’m more taken by the behavior of Britain and, of course, the Soviet Union.

While the full horrors of the Holocaust were probably unknown in early 1942, everyone knew—ev-ery-one—knew the plight of Jews in Europe. Turkey’s actions were no better and no worse then the others’.

And everyone behaved so typically! Britain: bloodless and officious. Turkey: senseless and cruel. The Soviets: well, just Soviet.

I was once in a conversation about the Cold War with friends and family, and I asked more rhetorically than anything else why the Russians (not merely the Soviets, the Russians themselves) induced such dread in other Europeans. I had temporarily forgotten that one of the group had grown up in central Europe, and all she said was “you just knew”. There was something in her voice that dissuaded you from asking more. There must be countless other acts of inhuman cruelty in their history.

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