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Animals and humans sometimes kill their young -- the question is why
Animals and humans sometimes kill their young -- the question is why

Among the endless stream of bad news in the media, every now and then something occurs that it is so horrendous that it stops us in our tracks. That has happened once again with Tuesday's massacre at a school in Peshawar, Pakistan. Among the victims: 132 children who died — many of them shot at close range. It would be appalling enough if this were the work of someone destroyed by mental illness of a particularly rare, ghastly sort. But it is even more astonishing because it was strategic, the work of a branch of the Taliban intent on destabilizing the government. An organization, a group that probably tries to balance its budget, has media spokesmen and recruits through Facebook....

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