What Price Freedom?
A Good One Ed!
I wonder how Edward Snowden is feeling today.
He is probably feeling just as self-righteous and ‘pure of spirit’ as he was yesterday.
I am quite sure that he feels absolutely no responsibility for the terrible tragedy.
It is conceivable that if he had never revealed to the world how the security services listen in to everything we are saying, that the multiple Paris attacks would have still happened…. But somehow I doubt it.
I am sure that I speak for the vast, but still silent majority, when I say that if the price for keeping us safe is for the likes of the CIA the NSA, MI5 and MI6 and the spooks from GCHQ to listen in on my most private phone calls and to track my web-surfing habits; and that this is the only way the authorities can route out these despicable terrorists – then it is a price I am more than happy to pay.
We members of the silent majority are law-abiding citizens and we have nothing to hide.
Okay, it may be a bit embarrassing for some nameless spy to discover that I have – say – a predilection for porn websites or I am thinking of ‘topping’ myself but if allowing them access my most innermost and private thoughts and desires will keep me safe from being blown to kingdom come – then so be it.
If I have to put a minor infringement of my civil liberties against the ever growing possibility of the world being taken over by crazed, murdering fanatics, then for me there is no contest.
No doubt innocent people will be arrested on suspicion of terrorism, but we must accept that this will happen from time to time and put our trust in the belief that western-style truth and justice will ultimately prevail.
Earlier this year, 11 French journalists were massacred in the attacks on the Charlie Ebdo Paris offices and more recently we learn that Isis has claimed responsibility for putting a bomb on the flight that killed 224 Russians over the Sinai desert.
Since 9/11 it has been estimated that Islamic terrorists have carried out no less than 27,000 terror attacks across the world in which countless thousands of innocent people have been killed and maimed.
In October 2015 alone, 195 attacks have been recorded in 31 countries in which 1,564 people were killed and 1,730 were critically injured. All this in a single month.
Yet here is Edward Snowden and his thousands upon thousands of bleeding heart liberal mates screaming about the gross infringement of our freedom and civil liberties. They continually try to convince us that we must rein back our security services and make it ever more difficult for them to do their job properly and keep us safe.
Whenever a terrorist attack in the west succeeds, it dominates the news headlines for days – even weeks. But whenever a terrorist plot is successfully foiled, we are lucky if we find the news of this anywhere in our newspapers or on the net.
Occasionally, we are told of an arrest and we are told about another plot that has been foiled, and we shake our collective heads and think that these idiots must have been crazy to think they could get away with it – with such diligent security services ready to risk life and limb to protect us.
I wonder how many terror plots have been nipped in the bud and never even reach the light of day.
It seems almost too ridiculous to be true, but it was only last Friday morning that Barack Obama, the so-called leader of the free world and President the most powerful country on Earth stated that ISIS was not getting stronger and that “we have contained them“.
This is the man who hates to call anyone a terrorist – and never, ever an Islamic terrorist. History will judge him harshly.
The Paris atrocities and countless other recent outrages have demonstrated that these evil monsters are a very long way from being contained.
The trouble is that the damage Edward Snowden, (and also Bradley Manning), did to the world’s security network was a huge double-whammy.
Not only did Snowden throw a massive spotlight on the fact that NSA and GCHQ monitor our everyday digital communications, but he gave our enemies chapter and verse on how this was carried out.
So the world’s so-called liberty seekers immediately attacked the security services and called for restrictions on their ‘nefarious, undemocratic activities.
But even worse than this, America’s brave, fearless Ed gave our enemies all the gritty details about how the security services operate.
Back in the Second World War, allied shipping was put at grave risk and many lives were lost because the allied leaders, (Churchill et al), didn’t want the Germans to get wind of the fact that we were able to unscramble their daily communications via the Enigma machine.
In one instance, had the allies warned a merchant shipping fleet that German U-boats were about to torpedo them and thus given them a chance to take evasive action, the game would be up and Gerry would have known that we had cracked their code.
As a result, many lives were lost that could have been saved. Such is the unpleasant nature of any war – lives were lost for the sake of the many.
It has been said that the enigma machine single-handedly won the war for the allies. This may or may not be true, but what is clear is that the allies’ ability to decode German combinations played a very significant role on the war’s outcome.
Fast forward to 2015.
Courtesy of Edward Snowdon, (incredibly, some people regard him as a hero, rather than a traitor), we have told the Islamic extremists everything they ever wanted to know about how we spy on them.
That is presumably why the French Secret services didn’t have a clue about the coordinated terror attacks that exploded last Friday night in eight different locations on the streets of Paris
Mark my words, if the bleeding heart liberals with their pacifist thinking continue to hold sway and manacle our security services, attacks similar to those in Paris this weekend will become ever more common.
The only way we will effectively halt this assault on our western civilisation is to sacrifice some elements of our own freedoms for the safety and the greater good of the majority.
I repeat – If we are law-abiding citizens, we have little to fear.
My sincere condolences to everyone affected by this terrible tragedy. I wish it were not so.
Ed – you have much to contemplate in your Russian ‘open prison’. Are you happy?
RIP to all those who died…I sincerely hope your deaths were not in vain…
Tomorrow, Monday, 16th November 2015 my novel, “AZZY” will be available on Amazon as an eBook.
It is already available to buy from Amazon in paperback.
As soon as the eBook is available for sale, I will set up a 5-day, free download period, which will start next Tuesday or Wednesday. I will tweet and also post a special edition of my blog to let you all know the precise dates.
Now that I have done all I can do to promote the book, I must sit back and hope that it starts to sell and that good reviews will help it to climb the Amazon rankings.
I confess I am not particularly optimistic. Reality has started to set in and when I realise how many thousands upon thousands of authors’ novels have never seen the light of day, I know what an uphill battle this going to be.
Indeed, one of my earlier novels, “A Lust For Life” is number 456,632 in Amazon UK rankings. In the Amazon.com (USA/Global) rankings, it is number 1,648,174….
Mobi-Pics -UK 2015(9)
Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Yet another instalment of the pics I took in England earlier this year. In this blog I’m featuring the beautiful botanical gardens in Birmingham.
I think you will agree with me that the UK does places like this so well.