There's a certain je ne sais quoi that Americans have in spades -- a we-can-do-anything spirit that makes so many things possible for all of us. We're rugged individualists, aspirational in nature, and we like to think for ourselves.
Perhaps we need to raise the bar on what we think is brutal. Humiliating lies, embarrassing stories and someone printing ugly pictures of you shouldn't quite make the list. Brutal is being stoned to death for adultery.