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[72] If it was not right, if Greece was to present the spectacle, as the phrase goes, of the looting of Mysia,1 while Athenians still lived and breathed, then I am a busybody, because I spoke of those matters, and Athens, too, is a busybody because she listened to me; and let all her misdeeds and blunders be charged to my account! But if it was right that some one should intervene, on whom did the duty fall, if not on the Athenian democracy? That then was my policy. I saw a man enslaving all mankind, and I stood in his way. I never ceased warning you and admonishing you to surrender nothing.

1 looting of Mysia, by pirates; the proverbial example of cowardly non-resistance.

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