"The pit in Thomas Friedman's stomach" (5/23/2011) is back:
To observe the democratic awakenings happening in places like Egypt, Syria and Russia is to travel with a glow in your heart and a pit in your stomach. [...]
But that pit in the stomach comes from knowing that while the protests are propelled by deep aspirations for dignity, justice and self-determination, such heroic emotions have to compete with other less noble impulses and embedded interests in these societies.
[Thomas Friedman, "Freedom at 4 Below", NYT 2/7/2012]
See last year's post for discussion. Being pressed for time, I'll just note that this one is on its way to becoming skunked, along the lines of beg the question. In that spirit, I'll offer a prize for the best joke based on armpit, ashpit, moshpit, cockpit, etc. (The easy road is to start from Mr. Friedman's template, "a smile on my face and a pit in my stomach" / "a glow in your heart and a pit in your stomach", but I hope for better. Also, please keep it clean…)