Humanization

For those of you in the know, Fabrice Muamba, the young 23 year old Bolton Wanderers football player has become an international star over the past week. This was of no fault of his own, for Fabrice Muamba, was merely playing a football match in an FA cup tie against Tottenham Hotspurs when he suffered a cardiac arrest. What we witnessed was a young man collapse and not unique to sport but nevertheless, shocking, which was that a young fit and healthy man collapse and fight for his life for merely attempting to do what he loved doing. Since then, Muamba’s condition has improved as the media circus continue to inform us of the progress in his health, as scores of footballers, celebrities, politicians and fans alike pay tribute to the young Bolton player.

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Strikes at population targets (per se) are likely not only to create a counter-productive wave of revulsion abroad and at home, but greatly to increase the risk of enlarging the war with China and the Soviet Union. Destruction of locks and dams, however - if handled right - might offer promise. It should be studied. Such destruction does not kill or drown people. By shallow-flooding the rice, it leads after time to widespread starvation (more than a million) unless food is provided - which we could offer to do 'at the conference table'.
John McNaughton, US State Department Vietnam policy, as quoted in 'The Mentality of the Backroom Boys.' Article by Noam Chomsky, 1973