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The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws.
--Cornelius Tacitus (c. 116 A.D.)

Friday, April 19, 2002
Oh look the UN is upset that the Supreme Court defends the constitution rather than "the sensitivities of society and the moral codes of good conduct." The UN is headed for a crisis too. Especially after this kind of shit. My favorite was the reason Guatemala (of all places!) voted against:
"(Guatemala) said the primary and the principal responsibility for the human rights situation in the occupied territories lay with the Palestinian authorities. The Palestinian authorities did not have the will to accomplish their obligations. It was not right to attribute the responsibilities only to Israel, which was only acting to defend itself. The resolution had no single reference to the responsibilities of the Palestinian authorities. The resolution contained inflammatory words which would not favour negotiations. For that reason, the delegation of Guatemala would vote against."
posted by Rachel 4/19/2002
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Are you kidding?!? Look at this and then tell me it's a political conflict, not a religious or cultural one.
posted by Rachel 4/19/2002
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"Reason and free inquiry are the only effective agents against error. Give a loose to them, they will support the true religion by bringing every false one to their tribunal, to the test of their investigation. They are the natural enemies of error and error only. Had not the Roman government permitted free inquiry, Christianity could never have been introduced. Had not free inquiry been indulged at the era of the Reformation, the corruption of Christianity could not have been purged away." - Thomas Jefferson
posted by Rachel 4/19/2002
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"It is doubtful if the oppressed ever fight for freedom. They fight for pride and power- power to oppress others. The oppressed want above all to imitate their oppressors; they want to retaliate." - Eric Hoffer
posted by Rachel 4/19/2002
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