A country is not only what it does - it is also what it puts up with, what it tolerates.
I've located the original of this:
Aber ein Land ist nicht nur das, was es tut – es ist auch das, was es verträgt, was es duldet.
The passage originates from a letter by Kurt Tucholsky to the German-Jewish author Arnold Zweig. I don't think the translation can be improved upon.
For those who can read German, the entire letter is posted at the Sudelblog.
I apoligize for the long silence here. I've been busy with a longer translation, which will soon be ready to post.