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Brendan S.  -Dedicated to all victims of war -Anti-war mentality -I don't support fascism or communism -Zone for freethinking and discussion -Respect all opinions

—Empathy in Ruin—
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A girl hides from embarrassment on her friend’s shoulder after giving flowers to a female US soldier in Mosul, Iraq, dated April 16, 2007. (PC: Pinterest)

—Empathy in Ruin—
VII
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An Iraqi girl covers her ears as a US Marine of the 1st Marine Division walks past in Fallujah, Iraq, dated February 5, 2005. (PC: Anja Niedringhaus / AP)

—Empathy in Ruin—
VI
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A US Army soldier of 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division converses with an Iraqi boy just outside a school in Arab Jabour, Iraq, dated October 15, 2007. (PC: Spc. Adam Sanders / US Dept. of Defense)

—Empathy in Ruin—
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Hospital Corpsman Jason Velez from New York, attached to the 2nd Marine Division, sits beside a curious Iraqi boy who stares at his rifle in Saadah, Iraq on December 2, 2005. (PC: Jacob Silberberg / AP)

—Empathy in Ruin—
IV
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Schoolchildren look on as US Army soldiers climb to the top of their school for a vantage point in Baghdad, Iraq, dated April 15, 2007. (PC: Joe Raedle / Getty Images)

—Empathy in Ruin—
III
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A young Afghan boy enjoys a merry-go-round while holding a toy Uzi during the Eid al-Fitr festival in Kabul, Afghanistan, dated September 20, 2009. (PC: Anja Niedringhaus / AP)

—Empathy in Ruin—
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Plumes of smoke billow in the distance as a US Marine makes his way to a supply drop near FOB Edinburgh in Sangin District, Helmand Province, Afghanistan on June 9, 2011. (PC: Anja Niedringhaus / AP)

—Empathy in Ruin—
I
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Children stare into a car that had been recently peppered with bullets by US Marines during the 2007 Shinwar Massacre in Shinwar District, Nargahar Province, Afghanistan. (PC: Aaron Huey @argonautphoto )
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On March 7, 2007, a US Marine convoy composing of multiple Humvees was attacked by an SVBIED belonging to the Hezb-i Islami Khalis militant group on a busy road in the village of Spinpul in Shinwar District. One Marine was injured. The convoy then fled and began to fire indiscriminately on passing cars and civilians over a span of multiple miles. The civilian casualty numbers from the massacre range from 5 to 19 fatalities based on varying reports and over 50 injured. While no criminal charges were brought to the Marines in question, multiple officers were given letters of reprimand by the US Department of Defense. American government officials and generals formally apologized for the incident. Over fifty Afghans were given $2,000 each in compensation funds by the US government. In January of 2018, all Marines involved in the massacre were fully exonerated after a final review from the Court of Inquiry which concluded that “the Marines acted in accordance with the applicable operations order, the rules of engagement, and the law of armed conflict”.

—Intergenerational Impact—
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Russian refugees return to their homes in Oryol Oblast following the successful Soviet counteroffensive Operation Kutuzov in 1943. (PC: Waralbum.ru)

—Intergenerational Impact—
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German refugees and military veterans pack onto a passenger train departing Berlin following the Battle of Berlin sometime in the latter half of 1945. Damage from the battle can be seen on the exterior of the train depot in the background. (PC: Time Magazine)

—Intergenerational Impact—
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Russian refugees flee eastward to escape Operation Barbarossa, circa October 1941. Note the Soviet supply convoy heading westward. (PC: waralbum.ru)

—Intergenerational Impact—
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Russian refugees flee from their homes during the Siege of Leningrad, date unspecified. (PC: Daily Mail)

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