Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Are There Traitors Among Us?

I want to post a link to an essay I found through Living In The Surreal World. It's entitled, Traitors Within Our Walls and it authored by Kim du Toit. I have never heard of Kim, but who writes it is not as important as what is written, as long as there is some validity to it. So with that said, I say, this is a well-written piece and begins with the following quote:

“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear.”— Marcus Tullius Cicero

It makes a good case by drawing some interesting parallels with pre-WWII France. Keep in mind that this was written back in 2002, but its message is no less in demand today, as it was then, so soon after 9-11. I recommend reading it and giving it some serious thought.

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