I grew up in a world where it was
expected that judges and juries would be neutral. That neutrality was an
essential mechanism to resolve conflicts. Countries were also neutral. Places
like Sweden and Switzerland had a long history of not taking sides, by staying
on the sidelines, as other European countries took off their gloves and brawled
in the streets.
I don’t recognize neutrality in the
modern world. I’ve been searching everywhere for the retreating remnants of that
defeated army called neutrality. People are not just expected but required to
take sides. “Either you’re with us or against us,” said that great American
philosopher George W. Bush. If there was ever a phrase that marked the end of an
era, it came the date that phrase was uttered.
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