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In houses of worship all across the United States on Sunday, Americans are offering prayers for the people of Haiti, and making donations in the hopes of healing some of the hurt.
Over the weekend, President Barack Obama stood shoulder to shoulder with former presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton at the White House, the three of them asking their fellow citizens to join together in benevolence and kindness in the face of wrenching grief.
That's what Americans do in times of anguish: make an effort to help. We have seen heartening examples of this since the day the earthquake hit.
Yet there are some who see human suffering only as an opportunity - as a potential payday.
There are some who look at the faces of the dying and envision people to rob.
Filed under: Haiti Earthquake
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