Will George Orwell's 1984 Become A Reality In 2004?
By Chuck Baldwin
December 30, 2003
The current edition of Insight magazine features an article in which
the former commander of the military's Central Command, Gen.
Tommy Franks, warns that constitutional government could be
subject to a sudden demise if another major terrorist attack took
place in America.
Insight declares, "Gen. Tommy Franks says that if the United
States is hit with a weapon of mass destruction that inflicts large
casualties, the Constitution will likely be discarded in favor of a
military form of government." Insight refers to an interview the
retired general gave to a men's lifestyle magazine, Cigar
Aficionado. The interview appears in the magazine's December
According to Insight, "the former commander of the military's
Central Command warned that if terrorists succeeded in using a
weapon of mass destruction (WMD) against the U.S. or one of our
allies, it would likely have catastrophic consequences for our
cherished republican form of government." Franks is also quoted
as saying if such an attack occurred, "the Western world, the free
world, loses what it cherishes most, and that is freedom and liberty
we've seen for a couple of hundred years in this grand experiment
that we call democracy." The magazine quotes Franks as warning
that a serious terrorist attack would result in our country being
"militarized" and our constitutional form of government coming
General Frank's warning should be taken to heart by all
Americans. President G.W. Bush, Attorney General John Ashcroft,
and Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge, in concert with a
Republican majority in Congress, have put in place a massive
police state apparatus capable of enforcing martial law in a
moment's notice. Furthermore, it appears that these leaders are
more than willing to actually enact such a move.
However, the most disturbing factor in all of this is the apparent
willingness of the American people, especially Christian people, to
submit to a federal police state. Local police departments, judges,
ministers, along with grass roots citizens, seem totally unconcerned
to the prospect of losing their individual liberties and freedoms.
Beyond that, they seem to enthusiastically support the idea.
It seems that the American people have foolishly bought into the
notion that any abridgement of freedom is justified as long as the
goal is "security." They obviously have forgotten that a bird in a
cage is secure, but it is hardly free. Americans seem also to have
forgotten the sage counsel of Benjamin Franklin who plainly said,
"They who give up essential liberty for temporary security deserve
neither liberty nor security." Amen!
It seems plain to me that a future attack by terrorists against the
United States is not a matter of "if," but "when." We are no more
immune to terrorist attack now than we were in September of
2001, the Patriot Act, the Department of Homeland Security, and
the capture of Saddam Hussein notwithstanding.
The question, then, is not what the federal government will do to
fight terrorism; the question is what the federal government will do
to its own citizenry in the name of fighting terrorism. If Gen.
Franks is right, the next terrorist attack will result in the
Constitution being expunged and military law taking its place. If
this happens, would not the real terrorists be our own leaders, and
would anyone care?
© Chuck Baldwin
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