[The British are amongst the most ethnocentric of European nations.  They are often benign in expressing and acting on such — Mill merely noted that some peoples were not quite ready to act in a civilized way and, thus, needed to be supervised (as he did in his job capacity running the East India Company that in turn ran India).  The recent uproar over veils which Blair has joined strikes me as being of this character.  I was in a waiting room the other day when a woman fully veiled (with only eyes showing) arrived with her baby stroller for an appointment here in NYC and no one batted an eye.  Our separation of church and state was a wise move back then.  Let’s hope we can stick to it.  Ed Kent]

Blair Criticizes Full Islamic Veils as ‘Mark of Separation’
By ALAN COWELL
The British prime minister joined the increasingly
corrosive debate over the use of the Islamic veil.

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/18/world/europe/18britain.html?th&emc=th

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

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