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    An ancient Greek text tells of a king who got word that a potential usurper to his throne had been born somewhere in his kingdom. He wanted to find this baby and kill it, but the unwitting human assets he was using to lead him to the child's location got wind of his intentions and the child and his parents were forewarned, and managed to slip away.

    All the king knew was the sex of the child (male), the city where the child was born, and a rough estimate of the child's birth date. Targeted human intelligence having failed him, he decided to try a brute force approach, and he had all the male children in that city two years of age or under killed.

    After the slaughter of all of those infants, the king sat back in relief. The child could never have escaped that massacre! His kingdom was safe. But unbeknownst to the king, his plan hadn't worked. In spite of the fact that the king had narrowed his search using perfectly sound criteria, the boy and his parents still managed to escape to Egypt, and all of those other children died for nothing. And to top it all off, the boy Jesus wasn't even a real threat to Herod's throne. It was a false alarm! Herod, in his paranoia, had misinterpreted the original intelligence data as pointing to a threat.  In reality it signified no such thing... which brings me to a critical rationale: it's not just enough to have sound intelligence; you also need political leaders who have the wisdom to use intelligence appropriately!

    Bush is acting a lot like King Herod, with like results. By indiscriminately targeting basically everyone as a potential threat, he has exposed us all to the likelihood a real threat will be overlooked. Additionally, like King Herod, those people his unlawful wiretaps and indiscriminate email captures were directed at were not threats at all, but in Bush's world full of the paranoia of Kings, everything is as justifiable as King Herods slaughter of every male child under the age of two in his kingdom.

    What everyone who believes Bush's actions were justified is forgetting, is that HE IS NOT A KING. This is a democracy with built in checks and balances. If those checks and balances fail, the democracy fails.

    What this administration has accomplished is making a huge segment of the population fear everything. The best way, after all, to control anyone is to make them live in fear. Ask anyone who has been held captive in an abusive relationship about the ability to control, based upon fear.

    A great quote on the power of fear is "Why, of course, the people don't want war, why would some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best that he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece. Naturally, the common people don't want war; neither in Russia nor in England nor in America, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or a fascist dictatorship or a Parliament or a Communist dictatorship.

    The judge stated:
    "There is one difference, In a democracy the people have some say in the matter through their elected representatives, and in the United States only Congress can declare wars."

    And the respondent replied:

    Oh, that is all well and good, but, voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country." Hermann Goering at the Nuremberg War Tribunal.

    My thought on the matter of fear agrees more with Benjamin Franklin who stated: "They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."

    If we as a nation continue to allow ourselves to be ruled by fear, nothing of any value will come of our voice, our character, or our intellect. Are we after all, a nation of cowards, is that what we have become? Or are we still courageous patriots willing to die to defend our national character?

    What happened to the resolve exhibited by Americans after the attack on Pearl Harbor when Franklin Roosevelt stated " We have nothing to fear .... but fear itself!" I submit that the attack on Pearl Harbor was at least as heinous as the attack on the World Trade Center, with a comparable number of Americans killed.

    What a terrible toll 60 odd years has taken upon the character of Americans who (based upon an unreasonable fear), are willing to give up 200 plus years of a working democracy by abdicating rights guaranteed by the Constitution based upon the fear propaganda of this administration!

    Where are the Nathan Hales, the give me liberty or give me death Americans? If that is lost then those who perpetrated the atrocities of September 11, 2001 have won!

    We need to immediately stop this mentality that allows us to believe that we are either with Bush, or with the terrorists. We need to immediately stop the insanity that deludes us into believing that to avoid fighting them here, we need to fight them over there. Have we as Americans not always been a vibrantly alive collection of differing views? How then is it possible for anyone to believe that because someone does not accept the argument that a pre-emptive attack against Iraq was necessary, that they are cowards and with the terrorists?

    But, most importantly, it is absolutely critical at this point in our national history, that we discontinue the mindless belief that we are safer if we are willing to give up some of our freedoms. If "they hate us for our freedoms," is true, as Bush has asserted, why on earth would we be willing to give up for a single second ANY OF OUR FREEDOM? Isn't using that logic a little convoluted after all? What that implies is that giving up OUR FREEDOMS makes those who would kill and terrorize us do what ..... like us more? Is that it?

    Spying on Americans by the NSA without benefit of a search warrant is wrong, unconstitutional, and any American should be outraged! We are either for our Constitutional Rights, or against them! I rest my case!

    (I read the King Herod analogy last night, and I can't remember the originator ... aside from that, the rest of the comments are mine.  I wish I could remember the poster, I would give him credit, but given the happenings and goings on of this administration, my computer does a very through cleanup of my hard drive and history every day.  I am paranoid enough under this administration to believe that because I am politically very vocal, I may be on Bush's enemies list, and as a consequence, I take steps to protect myself.)

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