If some large, well-armed group in Mexico had been firing rockets and missiles across the border into U.S. towns for years, and the Mexican goverment was unable or unwilling to stop them, I suppose we'd all insist the U.S. had no right to use force in response and would paint the U.S. as the bad guy if it did. And if Mexican civilians got killed in the process? Why, we'd be war criminals. Besides, the land those towns are on once belonged to them, and we have no business occupying it in the first place....Right?
Likewise if some large, well-armed group in Colombia kept lobbing rockets into Venezuela: Turn the other cheek! we'd cry. Or, I don't know, Turkmenistan and China.
Or do such judgments apply only in one case?
Okay, then. On to the quotes section. Which these days is generally the only section, and will continue to be for some weeks to come.
George Orwell on Margaret Tatcher's intellectual idol Friedrich von Hayek: He failed to recognise that "a return to 'free' competition means for the great mass of people a tyranny probably worse, because more irresponsible, than that of the state."
Ayatollah Khomeini, 1990: "A man can have sexual pleasure from a child as young as a baby. However he should not penetrate, sodomising the child is OK. If the man penetrates and damages the child then he should be responsible for her subsistence all her life. This girl, however does not count as one of his four permanent wives."
And: "A man can have sex with animals such as sheep, cows, camels and so on. However he should kill the animal after he has his orgasm. He should not sell the meat to the people in his own village, however selling the meat to the next door village should be fine."
Trust that sates your appetite for the time being.