Philocrites : Scrapbook : December 2003 Archive

Monday, December 29, 2003

Trials

Quoted 12.29.03:

The twentieth century came and went without justice. None of the century’s great totalitarians ever had to sit at a defense table, confer with lawyers, rise with the court when the judge entered the room. Mussolini was lynched; Hitler committed suicide; Stalin, Mao, and Pol Pot died in old age. Two international tribunals are currently grinding away at more recent crimes; but the Hutu propagandists convicted of genocide in Rwanda last month were barely known outside that country, and Slobodan Milosevic was a second-tier dictator. The trial of Saddam Hussein will be the first of a world-class mass murderer.

George Packer, New Yorker 1.5.04

Seeking a new emphasis, Dean touts his Christianity

Quoted 12.29.03:

Presidential contender Howard B. Dean, who has said little about religion while campaigning except to emphasize the separation of church and state, described himself in an interview with the Globe as a committed believer in Jesus Christ and said he expects to increasingly include references to Jesus and God in his speeches as he stumps in the South...

"We considered becoming Unitarian as sort of a compromise that wasn't going to respect either person's tradition," Dean said. "But you know, our religions mattered enough that we didn't really want to change."

Sarah Schweitzer, Boston Globe 12.25.03