Writer endorses limits on liberties editorial

To the Expositor:

Re. ‘Limits on liberties should contain sunset provision’

Your editorial on February 4 makes a good point. Freedom to our liberties cannot be taken for granted. Is it inconceivable that a day may dawn when newspapers, the free media, are defunct and even the electronic ‘word’ can be centrally manipulated, controlled and switched off by pulling a plug somewhere? Is it happening now, somewhere? We know the answers.

Where will we find the truth then? If anyone still knows what the truth really is. While our freedoms might be jeopardized by the enemy within, we must pretend we are fighting the world to preserve them.

There is a lot of serious sabre rattling going on. It’s not only economic, about oil. It’s also about old scores and hates and owing allegiance. How will Angela Merkel walk the fine line when trying to negotiate in Russia a peace for Europe, remembering that Ukrainians welcomed the Germans during WW2, fought with them against the Russians and remembering at the same time the devastation Germany brought to Russia, the World? Western Europe must be an uneasy ally of the English speaking world, because, let’s face it, lines are also drawn by language, the ultimate barrier to communication. The powerful ally of Europe, which is North America, would be far from the epicenter of a new conflagration if militant voices here won the day. Yet allegiance cuts both ways and Germany owes this continent also, big time.

My father, a Czech, was drafted into the German Army in 1940. He fought at Sevastopol at the Crimean, said Ukranians welcomed them, perhaps in the hope of regaining the Crimean region as a reward. Undoubtedly many Ukranians were not willing to lie down with the devil, but the “truth” is not always the whole truth. My father told of unspeakable horrors inflicted on Russians who spilled their blood for this spit of land, which, in spite of its complicated history, had belonged to Russia on and off since the 1800. Nikita Khrushchev, a Ukrainian, in l954 gave the Crimea to Ukraine as an autonomous Russian state. Most people there identify themselves as Russian. Since Ukrainian independence from Russia, the Crimea has become a hot property, a large strategic port on the Black Sea and close to the oil rich Caucasus mountains and the Middle East.

“Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” Two quotes from Edmund Burke, Irish orator, philosopher and politician, 1729-1797. Given the subjectivity of ‘good’ and ‘evil’, the world just keeps evolving, ever so violently, ever so slowly, but so far, still turning.

Helga Reilly

Mindemoya