Sunday, December 20, 2009

Quotable

A political system based on force, oppression, changing people’s votes, killing, closure, arresting and using Stalinist and medieval torture, creating repression, censorship of newspapers, interruption of the means of mass communications, jailing the enlightened and the elite of society for false reasons, and forcing them to make false confessions in jail, is condemned and illegitimate.
Those words come from dissident Iranian Ayatollah Montazeri, who died today at 87. The egalitarian in me would probably split hairs about condemning only the jailing of the "enlightened and elite of society for false reasons" - jailing anyone regardless of their education or societal prominence is sufficient to make a government's legitimacy suspect. Beyond that, though, those are words to live by.

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