For much of the four years I covered the conflict in Bosnia, the guys whom we caught burning down villages, looting, smacking around women and the elderly, and terrorizing children would always be furious when we showed up.
“Why do you write about us?” they often spat, displaying a much wider and pointed fluency in English than will be repeated here. “The other guys are doing the same things.”
“Yes, they probably are,” we would say. “But you got caught, so we are writing about you.”
For centuries, “blame it on the other guy” has been a mantra of politics, sports, business, relationships — in fact, most aspects of life.