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

Friday, October 04, 2002
Lileks is at it again. This time he tears Wellstone a new one. I am so angry about my choices in this election. Coleman is evil. Wellstone is stupid. The Green guy is a joke. I may have to vote independent. Gah!

"To no oneís surprise, Wellstone has declined to lend his approval to the Iraq resolution. The full text of his remarks is here. Thereís the obligatory bluster about what a nasty fellow Saddam is, how Wellstone harbors no illusions about the dictatorial nature of Saddam's regime, and how happy he would be if Saddam was deposed tomorrow - preferably by an allergic reaction to shellfish, since that would leave everyoneís hands clean.

This isnít surprising. The opponents of military force always make the best argument for Saddamís removal. They spend a great deal of time detailing how he has lied and cheated and killed and stalled and gassed and oppressed, and hence should be given an additional last chance to prove heís worthy of the last chance weíll give him in November. Itís not surprising coming from Wellstone; he belongs to the UN party. As Iíve noted elsewhere, there are two parties nowadays: the US party, and the UN party. The former includes Republicans and Democrats who have an inordinate, romantic, and almost quaint attachment to the Constitution and the notion of national sovereignty. The latter regard nation-states as subsets of a global construct that values unanimous impotence over individual effort, and values procedure over results. The US party calls in mortar fire on the enemy positions. The UN party stands up, climbs over the lip of the trench, and recites Robertís Rules of Order as it approaches the machine-gun positions. Yea, though I walk through the shadow of death I shall fear no evil, for evil is specifically prohibited under Article 4, subclause B."

There's more, read the whole thing.
posted by Rachel 10/4/2002
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The UN round 289,763...
"GENEVA (AP) - Britain should repeal a 142-year-old law giving parents the right to spank their children because it violates an international treaty, a United Nations committee said Friday."
posted by Rachel 10/4/2002
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