U noemt niet eens het feit dat de Israëli’s boomgaarden van de Palestijnen ontwortelen, de Palestijnen beletten hun olijven te oogsten. Dat is wat voortdurend gebeurt. We zien het niet op uw voorpagina, we zien het niet in de verklaringen van de Europese regeringen. Huizen vernietigen, land van mensen afpikken, hen verjagen. Erger kun je de mensenrechten niet schenden. En toch lezen we daar maar weinig over.

Lakhdar Brahimi    





peace

The words democracy, socialism, freedom, patriotic, realistic, justice have each of them several different meanings which cannot be reconciled with one another. In the case of a word like democracy, not only is there no agreed definition, but the attempt to make one is resisted from all sides. It is almost universally felt that when we call a country democratic we are praising it: consequently the defenders of every kind of regime claim that it is a democracy, and fear that they might have to stop using that word if it were tied down to any one meaning. Words of this kind are often used in a consciously dishonest way

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