None Dare Call It Treason

Crisis Magazine | 9/18/2018 | William Kilpatrick
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One could be forgiven for thinking that a traitor is a rare bird. After all, most Americans can only name one traitor in American history—Benedict Arnold. And if you know who he is, you probably went to school several decades ago when such things were still taught. Of course, there have been other traitors besides Arnold, but except for students of history, few know their names.

Yet, there are, arguably, far more traitors on American soil today than ever before in history. They are not traitors in the legal sense. That’s because treason is defined as giving aid and comfort to an enemy in time of war, and the U.S. is not currently in a declared war with any nation. Still, many Americans can be considered traitors in the looser sense of the term. They may not be providing aid to any official enemy, but they are engaged in a serious betrayal, nonetheless.

Whether - War - US - Enemies - Nation

Whether or not we are officially at war, the U.S. does have enemies. The nation of Iran considers America to be its enemy, and do so a host of other Islamic entities including Hezbollah, Hamas, the Islamic State, al-Qaeda, and about a dozen or so other terrorist organizations.

All of these groups justify their hostility to America and the West in general by reference to their religious beliefs. According to the Koran and the Hadiths we are infidels. Our crime of disbelief is sufficient reason to attack us. One would expect, then, that loyal Americans would not want to do anything to aid and support the ideological system that motivates these enemies of America.

Segments - Society - Effect - Sides - Enemy—not

Instead, many segments of American society have, in effect, taken sides with our ideological enemy—not necessarily with ISIS and al-Qaeda, but with more “moderate” Islamic entities that cleave to the same core beliefs. Meanwhile, they seek to...
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