I very often compare relations between states to relations with people. Sometimes we are nicer to those we don't know well, who are not our friends, than we are to our friends, because with our friends we don't need to be nice all the time.
It's the rare book that's able to transport you in a way that a movie does.
When you look at some of the most respected actors there are and the crap that they're in... it didn't used to be that way.
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