Treason and sedition – the worst of civil offences

Yesterday I was reflecting that treason and sedition have always been considered the worst of civil offences, punishable by death. It was not with reference to Muslims in Western countries on this occasion. Then I came across the following on a Facebook page:

A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to be feared. The traitor is the carrier of the plague. You have unbarred the gates of Rome to him.”

A quote attributed to Marcus Tullius Cicero – 107 BC – 43 BC. And so history repeats itself, so it would seem.

Gerard Wilson