Wed Feb 6, 2013, 09:42 PM
Hekate (36,583 posts)
Benedict Arnold. Aldrich Ames. Robert Hanssen.
All committed acts of treason. Suppose they were overseas? Suppose they had publicly renounced their citizenship? And were training others?
Should the US send the Army after them? Lots of soldiers would die. Lots and lots of civilians would die too: children, women, men, mothers, fathers, babies.
Should the US send the Army? Soldiers would be maimed. Civilians would be maimed.
Or maybe a targeted drone: least damage, least loss of life.
How many of us would fret that the civil rights of a traitor were being trammeled, especially if that traitor had renounced his citizenship to this country?
I'm guessing an awful lot of them still would.
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Benedict Arnold. Aldrich Ames. Robert Hanssen. (Original post)
Response to Hekate (Original post)
Wed Feb 6, 2013, 09:44 PM
quinnox (20,600 posts)
1. I remember reading that actually Benedict Arnold got a bad rap
I forget where I read it, but his name has been synonymous with treason and stuff and some article I read said he was actually a patriot or was not really as bad as they made him out to be. I don't know if its true, but it was interesting.
If anyone knows more about this, I would be interested to hear about it.
Response to quinnox (Reply #1)
Sun Feb 10, 2013, 10:47 PM
mhenley (1 post)
3. Arnold was a scoundrel and a hero
You are correct in the early stages of the American Revolution Arnold was one of Washington's most trusted and loyal generals. His heroics at the Battle of Valcour Island and the Battle of Saratoga stopped the British invasion from Canada. Washington considered him his most trusted general. Washington was devastated when Arnold switched sides and so were many other Americans. If he wasn't so revered for his courage the fall from grace would not have been so hard.
Response to mhenley (Reply #3)
Mon Feb 11, 2013, 08:07 AM
Rhiannon12866 (77,022 posts)
4. I've been to Saratoga Monument in Schuylerville (Old Saratoga) NY
Commemorates the Battle of Saratoga. My grandmother was born in Schuylerville, so she used to take us kids to see it. It's an obelisk, just repaired the stairs inside so you can again climb to the top. There are four windows, one on each side, each with a statue of one of the heroes of the Revolution. Benedict Arnold was supposed to have a window/statue, but since he was considered a turncoat, his window is empty... The one I posted is of General Gates.