Chris Hedges – How the Brutalized Become Brutal

Chris Hedges will file a new, original piece Monday evening. Meanwhile, here is one of his classic Truthdig columns, from August of 2014.

The horrific pictures of the beheading of American reporter James Foley, the images of executions of alleged collaborators in Gaza and the bullet-ridden bodies left behind in Iraq by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant are the end of a story, not the beginning. They are the result of years, at times decades, of the random violence, brutal repression and collective humiliation the United States has inflicted on others.

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