The great English preacher Charles Haddon Spurgeon told of a man who had been sentenced to death by a Spanish court. Because he was an American citizen but also of English birth, the consuls of both countries decided to intervene. They declared that the authorities of Spain had no right to take his life but their protests went unheeded. Finally, they deliberately wrapped the prisoner in their flags-the Stars and Strips and the Union Jack. Defying the executioner, they issued this warning: “Fir if you dare! But if you do, you will bring the powers of two great nations upon you!” There stood the condemned. But the rifleman would not shoot. Protected by those flags and the governments they represented, the man was invulnerable.
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