Natan Sharansky on the character of nondemocratic regimes

Now we can see why nondemocratic regimes imperil the security of the world. They stay in power by controlling their populations. This control invariably requires an increasing amount of repression. To justify this repression and maintain internal stability, external enemies must be manufactured.

Natan Sharansky (20.1.1948) is a former Sovjet refusenik and prisoner, Israeli politician, human rights activist and author (Wikipedia). Today he is holding the Chair of the Executive of the Jewish Agency for Israel.