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Civilised Expectations (A Meditation On The Killing Of Osama Bin Laden) - Trotter

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It wasn't the Wahhabist tradition of Islam that outlawed slavery, or gave the world the Geneva Conventions, or the United Nations Charter, or the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It wasn't Oriental despotism which outlawed the use of torture, or declared that all human-beings -- even convicted criminals and prisoners-of-war -- possess an absolute right to be treated with dignity. These were the hard-won achievements of Christian conscience and enlightenment reason. And Osama Bin Laden made us throw them all away.

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