Your Aug. 14 editorial, “The Shame of the West,” blames the victim and excuses the criminal. The shame of the West? You must be kidding. It’s the shame of the East. Kidnapping and murder are the crimes, not of the United States, but of Lebanon.
The sicarios, paid gunmen who make up Colombia’s private armies, use names such as Rambo, Terminator and Lovers of Medellín. But there is nothing lovable about them. Most are young men in their teens or early 20s with no salable skill other than killing.
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