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Do you feel remorse?
That word is appropriate. Some of those deaths were-
Jesus. Take a break REDACTED. Wait outside for a few minutes and get your damn head together.
I'm not done with you. (sound of door opening and then closing)
His vitals are still green.
Continue with what you were saying.
Some of the deaths were unavoidable. The majority were a consequence of the protracted conflict between your nation and those nations you believe to be harboring (unintelligible very loud sound accompanied by distortion on the recording).
Don't repeat that word.
I am sorry. I had forgotten it causes discomfort.
Without repeating that word, tell me what you are.
That is a very broad question.
You're not human.
You look human.
So do you.
I am human.
In that sense I am as well. Your doctor has no doubt confirmed as much.
But this isn't the real you.
With college finals approaching, it's time once again for Microsoft Word autosummaries of all the old, boring books you were supposed to read.
"Don't you get it? What we have to understand is it's them or us. It can't be all of us, or one. It's got to be us, or they become it. Then we lose what makes us we."
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