Closed Societies Will Always Lose in The End…but is that enough to warrant sheer containment?

Sep 09, 2007 Published under Global, Middle East

When fighting nihilistic, authoritarian, repressive, totalitarian and/
or fundamentalist movements or governments, those on the side of
freedom need to keep in mind the big picture: no such negative
structure has ever withstood the test of time or can compete in a
clean race against liberty of thought and expression.

Acts of terrorism and sabotage as such do not pose an existentialist
threat and cannot be allowed to hijack the mind with fear, which is
their only real threat.

And States built on fear will eventually self-destruct if left to
their own devices.

But two questions remain:

• Is it moral not to aim to liberate or at least support citizens
suppressed within such a system? For children of Holocaust survivors
this is a difficult proposition.

• Is there an existentialist threat from regimes lead by apocalyptic
ideologies and working to develop weapons of mass destruction? Even
if those systems would eventually implode on their own, can you afford
to wait and see if they don’t seriously harm you first?

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