Eternal Vigilance

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Eternal Vigilance

October 21, 2002

Wasn't it Yogi Berra who said, "It's déjà vu all over again?"

With rogue countries developing weapons of mass destruction and terrorist groups wreaking havoc in the name of their misguided faith, we should recall a central lesson of history.

When Nazism threatened the planet, some buried their heads in the sand, while others thought that Hitler could be pacified. Thankfully, Britain and the U.S. led the free world in vanquishing an enemy bent on our total destruction.

When Communism challenged us, some chose to live in denial, while others naively underestimated its repressive nature. Again, the U.S. and Britain successfully led the free world in standing firm.

Now, faced with Iraq, Al-Qaeda, and others bent on mass murder and mayhem, fortunately, the U.S. and Britain once again fully understand the immense danger and refuse to succumb to denial or appeasement.

We must never forget that "eternal vigilance is the price of liberty."

This is David Harris of the American Jewish Committee.

Date: 10/21/2002
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