DSM: Protecting the Rights of Individuals

David Rovner (rovners@netvision.net.il)
Mon, 26 Feb 2001 13:04:02 +0200

Democracy can be defined as majority rule and protecting the rights
of the minority.

The smallest minority is the human being (man, the individual).

Human rights, or the rights of individuals, define and sanction man's
freedom of action in a social context: [When unlimited and unrestricted
by individual right's, a government is men's deadliest enemy]

The fundamental right: a man's right to his own life. The right to liberty
and the pursuit of happiness. The right to property. The right of free
trade. The right to justice and equality under law. The right to privacy . . .

And, I'm asking the participants of this forum:

What can be said about "standing aside" and avoid acting.
Is there such a thing as the right to "stand aside" and avoid acting?

Why I'm asking?

As you may know, five years ago -- in 1995 -- Israel's Prime Minister,
Yitzhak Rabin, was murdered -- by Yigal Amir.

Five years ago, a young woman -- Margalit Har-Shefi -- was
brought to trial and recently convicted and condemned on the grounds
of KNOWING that Yigal Amir WAS ABOUT to murder Prime Minister
Rabin, and SHE (decided to "stand aside") DIDN'T/WOULDN'T DO

Would you care to comment on this issue?

David Rovner, Haifa, Israel rovners@netvision.net.il

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