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Treason and Sedition laws need to be re-enforced to win.

Reader comment on item: The End of Treason

Submitted by Ben Shniper (United States), Aug 16, 2005 at 15:20

As an expert on Middle East studies, this suprises me - you talk about the western notions of treason but not the middle-eastern notions. Treason and Sedition charges are regularly enforced in various MIddle Eastern countries. Palestine has seen dozens murdered as "collaborators". By contrast, even clear terrorists in America find it possible to resist deportation.

America has become too self-righteous to enforce treason statutes. And high-level politicians like Howard Dean clearly state sympathy with the enemy over America in the war!

The problem is indeed that the notion of treason has been weakened - but its effect on America and its power in war has not changed. Now we find ourselves unable to commit necessary actions to subdue a resistance in a foreign population. We pretend that our schism in our political sphere isn't the problem. But clearly, with Republicans and Democrats so often on the opposite side of the war, divided and unsympathetic, our warfighting power is compromised. And so we pull our punches, while Terrorists continue to assemble the means of hitting America with nuclear weapons or other WMDs. They aren't divided or morally hindered about this monsterous goal.

A house divided against itself cannot stand, as Jesus and Lincoln point out. Our best defence is to use the sedition and treason laws to defend ourselves against such infighting. If we have to draft new laws, that's fine. But the current situation looks bad for the West.


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