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    Yglesias acknowledges.  For one thing, one of his foreign policy advisors of several years penned the following in  the introduction to her most recent book:

    "His professional journey led him to believe the world’s leaders needed to do three big things: First they had to invest far greater resources in trying to ensure that people enjoyed law and order. Second, they had to engage even the most unsavory militants. Even if they did not find common ground with rogue states or rebels, at least they might acquire a better sense of how to outmaneuver them. And third, they would be wise to orient their activities less around democracy than around individual dignity. And the best way for outsiders to make a dent in enhancing that dignity would be to improve their linguistic and cultural knowledge base, to remind themselves of their own fallibility, to empower those who know their societies best, and to be resilient and adaptable in the face of inevitable setbacks."

    The person referred to in the quote spent more than three decades attempting to save and improve lives–lives that today continue to hang in the balance. His life ended on Tuesday, August 19, 2003 as a result of a suicide bombing at the headquarters of the UN in Baghdad.

    This book tells the life of Sergio Vieira De Mello, and the book is Chasing the Flame:  Sergio Vieira De Mello And The Fight To Save The World by Samantha Power.

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