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Empathy & War: Fighting an enemy, fighting to understand the ‘enemy'

Story by Cpl. James W. Clark | Regimental Combat Team 8, 2nd Marine Division | Date: 10.09.2011

SANGIN DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan - In fairy tales, it’s the wicked witch who desperately wants a pair of shiny shoes or the brutish baron of some dark and spooky tower who really just needs a hug. In romantic comedies, it’s the stuck up frat boy who belittles the scrawny underdog and his goofy cadre of friends in front of the dream girl.

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