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Fine Words Lack Specifics

Author: Jerome A. Cohen, Adjunct Senior Fellow for Asia Studies
May 2, 2009
South China Morning Post

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America's legendary Supreme Court justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., long ago opined that: "General propositions do not decide concrete cases." Holmes was, of course, referring to domestic court cases. Today, this famous maxim applies, in a way he never envisaged, to the international arena as well.

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