July 14, 2005 by AK
And so they did achieve something
Decency required silence; now let honesty get ugly. I was scared on 9/11 — what if it were a WWIII or IV or some kind of Armageddon beginning? When Moscow lived through several terrorist attacks — I grieved and asked for vengeance. But I’ve grown indifferent since. I have a petty heart and can’t help it; only a series of shots or pints can revive my faculty of compassion now.
My mind was in the Tube, imagining how its tunnels’ walls felt to survivors’ fingers, knowing there was a fundamental similarity between the people under the soil of London and of Moscow. But the first thing I thought after the news broke was, “Now Blair will have his way with national IDs.” And of course it’s terribly depressing to think of ID cards in Britain — “your cradle, your home, and your bier,” Liberty?
Her Majesty’s Government will no doubt make sure new “anti-terrorist” laws are drafted and applied on the basis of total and absolute equality. An equal piece of everyone’s freedom must be taken away! Liberty can take a flogging, no problem; but equality’s untouchable. There seems to be a way to preserve the liberty of 90% by diminishing the liberties of the other 10%. The nation would still remain much freer than under any scheme Blair, or any mainstream politician, can come up with.
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