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    • 08.08.10 | 18:25 (IDT)

    when fine, upstanding, moral people find themselves part of a system that gives them absolute power over others, and few checks on their behaviour, those fine, upstanding, moral people almost always lose those qualities with shocking speed, and act like the worst examples of humanity, even to those they know are innocent peers. It won't be 'the significant minority' who fall into the "it's us versus them, so get them any way we can" mindset, in fact, it won't even be a noticable minority who don't, you might find an occassional individual, here and there, ostracized and under great pressure to conform to that viewpoint, but everywhere else, going up the chain of command, and spilling out into society, the 'they're guilty of something, so it doesn't matter if they're not guilty of this specific thing, and you can punish them if you feel like it' attitude will be prevelant.

    from the article: Amira Hass / Eight Palestinian youths and the crime they didn't commit
    First published 01:17 08.08.10 | Last updated 01:17 08.08.10
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