"An Opportunity to Affirm Our Faith
By Kevin Smith - Sunday, September 19, 2010
Forty-two years ago, my father, then a lieutenant colonel in the Marine Corps, was assigned to duty in Izmir, Turkey. My family went with him and, although I was only 9 years old at the time, the experience made a lasting impression on me.
I learned firsthand how fortunate we are in this country. But I also learned one of my first big words from a Turkish teacher at the school for American military dependents. The word was 'ethnocentric.'
It was the beginning of my realization that Americans were not loved unconditionally throughout the world and that there might be reasons for that."
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