26 April 2011

Redefining "National Security"

"Imagine if we as a country defined national security as the health, well-being, education and gainful employment of our citizens, and not as the ability to deliver bombs on targets."
Credit to Susie Madrak.


  1. I think you still have to include protection of those citizens in there somewhere... or is that part of "well-being?"

  2. Sounds great to me!

  3. Guess it's not the worst thing to imagine... but a defense budget re-appropriation referendum?

    Not holding my breath.

  4. Our society must make it right and possible for old people not to fear the young or be deserted by them, for the test of a civilization is the way that it cares for its helpless members.~Pearl S. Buck (1892-1973), My Several Worlds [1954].

    The test of the morality of a society is what it does for its children.
    ~Dietrich Bonhoeffer

    A decent provision for the poor is the true test of civilization.
    ~Samuel Johnson, Boswell: Life of Johnson

    The most certain test by which we judge whether a country is really free is the amount of security enjoyed by minorities.~John E. E. Dalberg, Lord Acton, The History of Freedom in Antiquity, [1877].

    "...the moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; those who are in the shadows of life; the sick, the needy and the handicapped. " ~ Last Speech of Hubert H. Humphrey

    "A nation's greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members." ~ Mahatma Ghandi


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