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    • Chris Rushlau
    • 10.02.11 | 19:01 (IST)

    It's a meaningless concept without protection of minority rights. If the majority of Israelis voted to kill all the Palestinians, that wouldn't work out, but it would be democratic. Law either reflects human nature or it doesn't provide the stability that one hopes for. People will do what they want to do, but the limit is when this interferes with other persons' "pursuit of happiness". That is a delicate balance, but, ironically, one can see absolutely clearly the wooden shoe in the machinery that "sabotages" social welfare--some "law" that makes some group immune to this balancing effect. Jim Crow, if you will. You can spot Jim Crow a mile away. Mubarak should have a statue erected to him: just a huge pair of feet, on the sandy waist: and then a poem, by a noted Romantic--but when the statue was first set up, you could see it a mile away.

    from the article: Israel urges U.S. to reaffirm support in light of Egypt unrest
    First published 11:24 10.02.11 | Last updated 11:24 10.02.11
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