"Beware the leader who bangs the drums of war in order to whip the citizenry
into a patriotic fervor, for patriotism is indeed a double-edged sword. It
both emboldens the blood, just as it narrows the mind. And when the drums
of war have reached a fever pitch and the blood boils with hate and the mind
has closed, the leader will have no need in seizing the rights of the citizenry.
Rather, the citizenry, infused with fear and blinded by patriotism, will offer
up all of their rights unto the leader and gladly so. How do I know? For this
is what I have done. And I am Caesar."
If a Nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose it's freedom;
and the irony of it is that if it is comfort or money that it values more, it will lose that too.
- William Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)