Ricardas Gavelis, Respublika
(independent), Vilnius, Sept. 12, 2001.
liberal democratic civilization is based on human trust. Other means
of existence are not possible. It is impossible to control everything.
The liberal democratic civilization is not based on force and total
control. It is based on the mutual accord of society. In a civilized
world, some things are impossible in principal, and some things
are self-evident. For example, you dont need to bring a gun
to a shop to get your change. It is also impossible to look for
terrorists and to fight them everywhere and at all times. Until
today, Western civilization existed because some things were implicitly
understood, without any words.
stands today at a bombed-out crossroads. Some of us are saying that
the government failed to prevent the attack of terrorists because
of a weak state. Such thinking is very dangerous. Total control
is theoretically possible. But there will be no place in a completely
secure world for initiative and creativity. Total control itself
will bring about the end of our civilization.