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nowaypablo  ·  45 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The Spy Who Came Home: why an expert in terrorism became a beat cop

Wish I had a badge to bump this up. This is the gold standard of a profile piece.

    No military force can end terrorism, just as firefighters can’t end fire and cops can’t end crime. But there are ways to build a resilient society. “It can’t be on a government contract that says ‘In six months, show us these results,’ ” Skinner said. “It has to be ‘I live here. This is my job forever.’ ” He compared his situation to that of Voltaire’s Candide, who, after enduring a litany of absurd horrors in a society plagued by fanaticism and incompetence, concludes that the only truly worthwhile activity is tending his garden. “Except my garden is the Third Precinct,” Skinner said.

Fuckin' A.