Trading Freedom for Security

In connection with the London bombings, came across this at Phoenix Muses:

Jihad al-Khazen, an op-ed columnist for the London-based pan-Arab Al-Hayat newspaper, wrote: “Such criminal terror acts prove that no measure is enough to fight terrorism.

“Actions that governments take to fight terrorism are totally justified because protecting life is a lot more important than protecting civil liberties.”

Brings to mind what Benjamin Franklin said about trading civil liberties for security. “Those who desire to give up freedom in order to gain security, will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.”

Of course it is unfair to juxtapose Franklin’s viewpoint with Jihad al-Khazen’s.