Ben Franklin knew a thing or two about terror
Re: ‘Easy for Franklin to say’ (Metro, June 12)
Ben Franklin knew a thing or two about unsafe times.
Violence against civilians was common during the Revolution, both by loyalists against patriots and by patriots against loyalists.
When he expressed his opinion on the relative merits of safety and liberty, he had no way of knowing how the struggle would end.
It was very likely that for him and the other rebel leaders, that end would be at the end of a rope.
Franklin couldn’t have imagined the level of risk we face today — because no one then had ever been this safe.
Dan Wylie-Sears, via email