WHAT IS A TRAITOR?

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A nation can survive its fools and even the ambitious. But it
cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gate is less
formidable, for he is known and carries his banners openly against
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the city. But the traitor moves among those within the gates freely,
his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls
of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks
in the accents familiar to his victims, 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.
Cicero – 45 BC

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