Watching the spectacle of a judge ordering the removal of Terry Schiavos feeding tube while calling it a "step in her death process" (or whatever the exact evasive locution was) brought back to mind Churchills closing peroration in his Munich speech, which went (I am quoting from memory) something like this:
"We have passed an awful milestone, when the whole equilibrium of Europe [or the morality of taking life in Schiavos case] has been deranged. . . And the fateful words will be pronounced of the western democracies, Thou art weighed in the balance and found wanting. . ."