How many deaths is the right to vote worth? - Comment - Times Online

Tuesday, December 05, 2006
How many deaths is the right to vote worth? - Comment - Times Online: "Let’s say that Kevin Toolis is right and I — because my history has made me over-compensate — am wrong. How many deaths is the right to vote actually worth? None? A thousand? Or the right of women to education? Or the right to speak out? If the answer is “not many”, then let’s get cosy with the murderers . . . try to edge them towards civilised behaviour. Let’s agree that the process of arguing for the freedom of others, let alone acting on it, is likely to be counter-productive. But please let us not commit the hypocrisy of voicing support for the work of Amnesty International or expressing shock at the killing of Anna Politkovskaya. Eggs break."

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