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Stoke 4 Flames of Freedom
There are those who say we must sacrifice some of our freedoms to fight these terrorists. I say, if we do this terrorists will have won. Instead of reducing our freedoms, we should nourish them. Instead of snuffing ou t 4 flames of freedom, let us light them brighter. Stoke them and make them stronger:
1 - FREE SPEECH - You need to give up some privacy, some say. We need freer use of wiretaps, others say. In a war there must be a limit to free speech. My reply: If you limit free speech, what is purpose of figh t? You do not fight by surrendering most cherished freedom. Not only must we keep free speech alive, we must make it stronger.
2 - FREE RELIGION - Some say, let us use religious and ethnic profiling to keep tabs on possible terrorists. Others, even now, are attacking Muslims. We must fight terrorists by allowing everyone to practice his own religion or lack of religion. We must not smother one of our strengths and thereby help terrorists in their fight against us.
3 - SELF GOVERNMENT - In times of crisis, political leaders tend to be more secretive, more authoritarian, less open to criticism, less democratic. We must avoid these misdirected approaches. If anything, we must be mor e open and inclusive, more eager for discussion, understanding and resolution of problems.
4 - INDIVIDUAL OPPORTUNITY - Make sure there is opportunity for everyone. This is tough in current bad economic situation. The airlines are getting a helping hand from government. How about people who have lost their jobs? Perhaps this is a good time to rebuild infrastructure - public buildings, roads, utilities, bridges, schools, environment - to supply work to those who need it.
Fan 4 Flames of Freedom Throughout World
Not only U.S., but all freedom-loving countries are under attack by terrorists. An excellent strategy for winning this fight is to increase number of countries on our side. In other words, let us do what we ca n to bring as many countries into freedom-loving part of world. We know how to do this and we should do it - freedom way, not military way:
1 - FREE SPEECH - We take free speech for granted. But there are many places around Globe where people know only what authorities allow them to know. In an age where we have so many sophisticated means for spreading news and information, this situation is outrageous. Our antagonists spread propaganda. We must spread true information. Information will beat propaganda every time.
2 - FREE RELIGION - We believe in this. But why keep this freedom to ourselves? Through our actions, through media, through diplomacy, through business contacts, and through any other means, let us show world th e value of religious liberty.
3 - SELF GOVERNMENT - Democracy has been making inroads in many countries before attack occurred. Let us not let up in fanning this flame. Let us try in every way possible to bring about democratic changes everywher e.
4 - INDIVIDUAL OPPORTUNITY - Here is where business people can contribute most. Instead of focusing on business opportunities in U.S. and other rich countries, we must search for opportunities in poor countries. True, citizens of rich countries have more money to spend. But they are getting tired of pursuing latest "new thing." Poor countries represent an untapped market. Help them get on their feet and they will become loyal customers. And you will help fan flame of individual opportunity, and thus, help win fight against terrorism.
Paul -the soarING- Siegel is a provocative Internet speaker and author of HELPFULNESS MARKETNG, an ebook stressing learning, cooperation and community. Learn about it at http://www.learningfountain.com/. Subscribe to newsletter, LearningFOUNT, by sending blank email to: mailto:LearningFOUNTfirstname.lastname@example.org.