Freedom needs security measures
A recent letter by Mr. Lloyd Kerry, in which he tries to separate freedom from security, falls short of the mark by citing Benjamin Franklin as a grand paragon of freedom.
Franklin was the first U.S. ambassador to France during the lead up to the French revolution. He was thus a security problem for PM William Pitt and the British people.
All Franklin’s talk about freedom falls on deaf ears when one realizes he had slaves. Slavery is a long way from the notion of freedom.
I continue to be reassured that the Government of Canada, under PM Harper’s leadership, has realized the great dangers posed by ISIS, other terrorist organizations and more importantly, actions taken to secure our freedoms. Every day our Canadian Armed forces, RCMP, CSIS, provincial and local police forces stand alert and ready to meet any threat to our way of life. As of Sunday past, 12 July, 2015, another person in British Columbia has been accused of posting Islamic State (ISIS) propaganda online, including instructions to commit murder in the name of jihad.
There is no such condition as freedom without security. Most Canadians know this. Some pretend otherwise. Garth E. Staples, Charlottetown