Gideon Levy #35 - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Dana
    • 10.07.05 | 23:55 (IDT)

    "What will stop the terrorism is: (i) the determination of free societies to be steadfast in the face of attempts to intimidate and terrorize them; (ii) self-defence- including, unfortunately, bending noble ideals of civil liberties in the face of threats to our way of life ....." Well David, what will be left to uphold of our "way of life" if our 'noble'civil liberties are gone? There will be even less freedom than we have now and the 'terrorists will have won'. It is sad that the youth being born today will never know as I have the real freedom of 30,40,50 years ago when being anonymous and minding your own business wasn't questioned.. Soon, I won't even be able to travel if I refuse to provide biometric details for passports or refuse to submit to humiliating searches - a massive and unacceptable intrusion I reject (since I am not a criminal). Give me risk, even a high degree, and I'll take it over curbs on freedom anyday. But, then again I'm a stubborn old Londoner.....and that's view taken by Brits of the Blitz generation; it remains to be seen if the current crop value their freedom more than you, David. The current terrorist mania will pass as everything does eventually but lost freedom will be hard to wrest back from police and governments who must be revelling in the controls they are now gaining over us. Thank goodness for the Gideon Levy's, the writers who try to remind the world that there is more than one simplistic view and more than one reactionary solution to every human problem.

    from the article: A world path not followed
    First published 00:00 10.07.05 | Last updated 00:00 10.07.05
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