THE DANGERS OF INTERNAL SUBVERSION
Aug. 9, 2005
From the records of the early history of man down to the present, leaders of society and government have expressed warnings about the dangers of internal subversion. As a means of maintaining the necessary degree of internal security, intelligence services have been formed.
Conversely, would-be conquerors have stressed the value of infiltration and subversion as a means of softening the victim society prior to conquest. Members of the intelligence community will remember the writings of Sun Tzu in his 500 B.C. classic, The Art of War. In stressing The Art of War from within, Sun Tzu observed that supreme art in warfare is not winning every battle. He felt the supreme art was in getting the enemy to surrender without having to fight the battle.
It is of special interest to read the words of Marcus Tullius Cicero regarding the danger of internal subversion. In a speech to the Roman Senate, as recorded by Sallust, Cicero said:
"A nation can survive its fools and even the ambitious.But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and he carries his banners openly against the city. But the traitor moves among those within the gates freely, his sly whispers rustling through all alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears no traitor; he speaks in the accents familiar to his victim, and he wears their face and their garments and he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation; he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of a city; he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to be feared. The traitor is the plague."