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Monday, 31 December 2007
Treason
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"The people who were murdered on July 7 were not the victims of war. The men who killed them were not soldiers," Macdonald said. "They were fantasists, narcissists, murderers and criminals and need to be responded to in that way."
-- from a statement by Sir Ken McDonald, Great Britain's chief prosecutor

"Fantasists, narcissists, murderers and criminals."

Isn't that a perfect description of the men who ran Nazi Germany, the main country with which Great Britain was at war, from September 1939 to May 1945? And were the sympathizers with Nazi Germany watched by agents, and sometimes picked up in Great Britain, and in the United States, and sometimes interned, and sometimes charged with treason, for their sympathies and their plots, and their working to undermine -- in whatever way they could -- the war effort? Not agents of the enemy but merely "members of a death cult," and not to be prosecuted by special courts or charged with treason, for their support of a mortal enemy, and though they may not be guilty of participating directly in terrorist acts, by working to aid or protect or support those who do, and working to confuse or distract or demoralize the rest of the populace. Why should they not be considered enemy agents, guilty of treason?

You don't hear that word much anymore. The very idea seems old-fashioned, in this anything-goes-world. Treason. Bring that word, bring that idea, back.

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Posted on 12/31/2007 8:01 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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