Thursday, March 18, 2004

W.W.B.D. (What Would Ben Do?)

Those who would give up essential liberty for temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
- Benjamin Franklin

Carroll Andrew Morse writes a compelling piece today, addressing the willingness of Spain to "buy" some semblance of "safety" with the lives of Iraqis. Read it.

He closes with: This is the type of deal that Benjamin Franklin warned against -- a trade of liberty for security. The acceptance of the inevitability of terrorism and the refusal to take the battle to the terrorists may well succeed in buying a little short-term security for the people of Spain; they may be spared further attacks while the terror masters seek to establish control of the foreign policy of other nations. Ultimately, in the long term, such arrangements never benefit anyone except terrorists and their leaders. At some point, the despots who give orders to the death squads will make further demands of Spain. And if Spain refuses to comply, the death squads will again be unleashed. There is no promise of security for Spain; there is only a promise of future opportunities to surrender more and more liberty.

Powerful words.


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