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Treason No Longer in Vogue

Reader comment on item: The End of Treason

Submitted by Arlinda DeAngelis (United States), Aug 17, 2005 at 00:49

Treason, with all that it implies, is a forgotten concept in this age of "multi-culturalism" and "globalism." We've gone Euro-nuts. We owe allegiance only to our community, our block, our ethnicity, our school, our company, our political parties, our race and/or religion and mostly to ourselves and never our country.

Perhaps we should abandon the word "war" along with treason. Let's call it an international glitch, a "police action, an intervention or a uniformed tour. As for treason, we could call it governmentalphobia or betrayalism or neotreachery.

The way to bring back the concept of treason is to call it something else so as not to upset the traitor.

Dr. Pipes has made a brilliant analysis for the concept of treason and its demise. I am disturbed because one wonders where loyalties lie. If there is no such thing as treason and traitors how do we identify the betrayal of trust from one of our own. The betrayal of an entire nation by one of its own citizens is .... what exactly .... a temporary nervous breakdown?


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