Quote(s) of the Week (December 15, 1996)...

On Clintonesqe Handling of the Truth...

"At that time, I was the chief of the general staff. Here I can tell you in a responsible and serious manner that at that time not a single person lost his life in Tiananmen Square."

    --General Chi Haotian, chief of staff for the People's Liberation Army (PLA) 
      and the man who ordered troops to attack.  The statement is contradicted by 
      many eyewitness and film accounts of tanks brutally crushing protesters 
      camped out in the main Bejing city square on June 3 and 4, 1989.  Western 
      intelligence estimates put the death toll between several hundred and several 
      thousand people.  The Chinese government has said about 300 people were 
      killed in the incident, mostly Chinese soldiers.  He was shunned by most 
      Republican members of congress during a breakfast reception on Capitol Hill, 
      attended mostly by Democrats.  Washington Times on 12/11/96, front page.
 
 

On Government's Real Obligation to Society...

"What's the ethical catalyst that makes danger to oneself so much higher a priority than danger to 10 other people? What [legal] authority do you have that you can only have a civil commitment for the best interests of the person and not for the safety of society?"

    --U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, concerning the case of 
      Leroy Hendricks who is to be released from a Kansas penitentiary after 
      serving 10 years for molesting children.  He has been convicted in five 
      cases of molesting 11 children and says that only death will stop him 
      from continuing to molest children.  Washington Times on 12/11/96, page A5.

 

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