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I don't know, DoDo.
The lessons of two world wars did not seem to bear when former Yugoslavia started to disintegrate more than a decade ago.
I'm wondering whether this has to do with the individual vs. community issue.  In the US, the focus tends to be more on individuals and their success (or lack thereof) while the welfare states of Europe have more focus on the success of the overall community.  
By extension, the failure of an individual in the US through criminal behaviour is his own - (s)he's a threat to society, and punishment will be harsh.  In Europe, the community takes some responsibility for the failures of individuals and criminals are not only punished - there is also an attempt to rehabilitate to return the individual to a productive role in society.
by ask on Thu Oct 13th, 2005 at 02:34:08 PM EST
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