For a certain segment of impressionable, misguided, and violence-prone youth, derogatory statements made in the social and political discourse are perceived to give them license to brutalize
gays and lesbians.
They must understand -- to begin with -- how it can feel to spend years denying your own deepest truths, to sit silently through classes, meals, and church services while people you love toss off remarks that brutalize
That's how long it takes for you to reap what you have sown when you brutalize
and desensitize a 3-year-old.
Once he realizes the powers the spring's water can afford him, he brutalizes
Kabira, kills her entire family, forces her to marry him, aborts her daughters, and steals her sons.
This is a regime that brutalizes
its population, that brutalizes
women in particular, that executes its citizens summarily in a stadium that was given to it by the United Nations for sports games,'' she said.
For all of his insights, however, Cumings--who professes empathy for the underdog--has written an apologia for a regime that brutalizes
its citizens, is openly hostile to the United States and South Korea, and heedless of international law.