Free­dom needs se­cu­rity mea­sures

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

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

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