Friday, November 18, 2005

The forward march of liberty has been halted - even reversed

Britain, America and France have all reduced civil liberties since the twin towers fell. But has this made us any safer?

Timothy Garton Ash
Thursday November 17, 2005
The Guardian


The erosion of liberty. Four words sum up four years. Since the attacks of September 11 2001, we have seen an erosion of liberty in most established democracies. If he's still alive, Osama bin Laden must be laughing into his beard. For this is exactly what al-Qaida-type terrorists want: that democracies should overreact, reveal their "true" oppressive face, and therefore win more recruits to the suicide bombers' cause. We should not play his game. In the always difficult trade-off between liberty and security, we are erring too much on the side of security. Worse still: we are becoming less safe as a result.
 
 
Old Ben Franklin once said that anyone who surrenders liberty for security deserves neither. Another of our founders said, "give me liberty or give me death."
 
I agree with both.
 
No one can take away our liberty save our own governments. The enemy is closer to home than many have believed.
 
The rest of the free world can help us out by boycotting nations where liberty is being sacrificed.
 
This " war on terrorism" is not designed to make the world safe for Democracy or to spread freedom. It is a war to protect multinational corporations, the corporate officers of which do not give a damn about individual freedom. As a matter of fact, they would opt for slavery if they could get away with it.
 
Instead, they are settling for indentured servitude.

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