A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. but it cannot survive treason from within.
An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banners openly. But the traitor moves within the gate 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 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.
Marcus Tullius Cicero, (circa 45 BC)