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The Big Question

Posted: 07/25/11 11:52 AM ET

The New York Times story this Sunday covering the bombing and the slaughter in Norway by a Christian Fundamentalist ends with these words from a researcher at the London School of Economics:

"With 9-11 in America people could ask "Who are they?" and could pour their rage out on someone else. But we can't disavow this person, he's one of us."

Therein lies the rub. "He's one of us" -- what? One of us, a Norwegian? A Christian? Whatever, he is certainly one of "them" One of them -- what?

How about he's one of us -- human? And how about every bit of common sense thinking and questioning that flows from that?