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In the middle of a NYT story on a deadly bombing in Iraq:

Many Iraqis, beleaguered at every turn, said they saw the bomb as an attempt to aggravate sectarian strife and as one more piece of evidence that the Americans could not protect them from extremists. Many of those who live near the site of the destruction said that they had concluded that the Americans must be helping the suicide bombers.

“The Americans know everything, they can do everything, they can repair the space shuttle without touching it, why do they let these things happen here in Iraq?” said Abu Muhammad, 55, one of the custodians of the bombed Khalani Mosque.

In relative comfort in North America, it's easy to dismiss this sort of thing as a crazy conspiracy theory — but that's not the point.

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