July 28, 2010 2:45 AM

Commentary: Politics won't fix BP oil spill, technology will

Witchcraft accusations account for 40 percent of the caseload in Central African Republic courts. Not that the judiciary necessarily believes defendants cast hexes on their neighbors. Judges preside over these cases, however unscientific, to keep the rabble from lynching folks blamed for disease, natural disasters or other unhappy occurrences. Politicians in Central African Republic understand their constituents require a metaphysical answer to the unhappy vagaries of life. Americans prefer a political answer, even if the problem, like the Gulf oil spill, demands a technical solution.

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