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High School Camping or Terrorist Training Camp?

Marty’s photo of the day #2120: I was hiking in Malaysian Borneo, when I came across what was obviously a high school camping trip. Although there are only boys in this photo, a group of girls posed for me in a different shot. Malaysia is a Muslim country, and I took this photo during the height of the Iraq War. Nevertheless, all the students enjoyed the novelty of a white American walking into their camp and flashed peace signs. Today when I look at this picture, I still get a warm feeling. The boys were such show-offs! Still, I can’t help wondering how the average Trump voter would view this photo, if it didn’t have a description accompanying it. Could I have walked into a Muslim terrorist training camp?

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