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Issue: "Arafat: The devil you know," Sept. 20, 2003

What if we hadn't?

Physicist Edward Teller, who died last week at the age of 95, on whether he regretted devoting his career to developing nuclear weapons for the United States. "The second half of the century has been incomparably more peaceful than the first, simply by putting power into the hands of those people who wanted peace," he said in 1995.

How much you're supposed to enjoy every sandwich.

Singer-songwriter Warren Zevon, when asked last year by David Letterman whether he had learned anything about life after being diagnosed with terminal cancer. Mr. Zevon died last week (see p. 9).

How shameful.

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Russian Orthodox priest Father Vladimir, upon accepting a bribe from two gay men to marry them, according to one of the men, Denis Gogolev in The New York Times. The Russian Orthodox Church has dismissed the priest.

It's equivalent to giving money to a hospital that is poisoning the patients.

The Rev. Kendall Harmon, communications director for the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina, on why several churches in the diocese have stopped sending funds to the national church. He said the approval of a homosexual bishop in New Hampshire has galvanized conservatives who believe that the church "is undermining the gospel itself."


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