Justice Should Come Before Closure

The struggle between the President and Kenneth Starr, framed until now as a legal-political showdown, seemed to boil down this week to a subtler but perhaps more basic dispute: the conflict between the Clintonites' desire for something known as "closure" (a New Age buzz word drawn from the vocabulary of family therapy) and the cry from other quarters for what used to be called justice (a term one associates more with the Old Testament). Indeed, if an alien were to view the tapes of Clinton's recent TV defenders, he, she or it might be inclined to think that "closure" was a...

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