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The meaning of "rule-of-law"

Reader comment on item: How the Cartoon Protests Harm Muslims [by Leading to a Separation of Civilizations]
in response to reader comment: Cartoons can get infidels killed

Submitted by Paul (Canada), Feb 15, 2006 at 19:40

Dear NK,

You see, I left a comment elsewhere on how little tolerance the "West" has for overreaction. This is one of these situations. Of course, we are everyday faced with the prospect of some co-worker (muslim or not) "going postal" on us ("going postal" is a crude reference to an incident years ago in which a US postal worker vented his frustrations by shooting some guys at the office) . But, see, we do not normally live in fear of interacting with each other. Although I bet that the great majority of muslims in North America are law abiding citizens that enjoy the freedoms and the rule-of-law, it is always posible that a nut-case out there could snap, even if he or she may be the nicest person. It sometimes happens in traffic, it sometimes happens at home, it sometimes happens at work. However, our laws and attitudes are not tolerant of this behavior, and the person involved will face the consequences of the act -- as dictated by law.

Also, the liberal way of thinking, which is enshrined in our laws and constitutions, makes irrelevant if the fellow is blue, black, muslim, christian or whatever -- what means that is not a ** normal ** part of the process to condemn a community or a race for the actions of one of its members.



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