*Freedom = IMPERIALISM: It’s in the Language

Posted: September 8, 2008 in Exclusives, Timeless, Videos
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By IgnoranceIsntBliss

Over and over the TV propaganda boxes spew out lines like “defending our freedom”, or the terrorists tried to attack our “freedom” or “our way of life” or “civilization itself”.

What is this “freedom” they keep talking about? Some definitions of freedom:

A – Freedom; Noun:
1. The condition of being free; the power to act or speak or think without externally imposed restraints.
2. Immunity from an obligation or duty.
B Freedom:
1. The state of being free; exemption from the power and control of another; liberty; independence. 2. Privileges; franchises; immunities.
3. Exemption from necessity, in choise and action; as, the freedom of the will.

While it could easily be argued that those who attacked “our” freedoms were Bush & friends, regardless of who was behind 9/11, but that’s not the scope here.

The First Truth is that the United States is an and always was an imperialist state. Our government is everything that “we’ve” ever been against, and what “we” declared independence from back in the “Colonial Period”. The big story isn’t quite this fact, it’s actually the fact that few Americans out of hundreds of millions have any concept of this glaring and irrefutable truth.

The reasons are rather blatent yet basic: we’re all indoctrinated with imperialist propaganda our entire lives, and it simply goes unquestioned. From there, constant “reinforcing” propaganda is used, as evidenced on and constantly after 9/11.

It’s the ‘first proof’ they lied about 9/11, within hours of the collapses, and continue to do so. American Imperialism is the source of the hatred for America and the intent behind the hijackers. Some could argue that it therefore proves that 9/11 wasn’t a conspiracy, however this view doesnt contradict the “LIHOP” theory whatsoever, and even in the “MIHOP” case it could be a scenario of “Osama” exploiting that hatred for gathering his goons.

In any case, here’s selections from countless examples of this language being put to use, especially after 9/11:

GWB was the first one to make this sort of statement on 9/11, and he did so only 128 minutes after the final tower had collapsed. LINK

Listen to him: “Freedom itself was attacked … and freedom will be defended”.

What on earth could that mean? It’s really quite simple: The United States was attacked for being the “World’s Only Superpower” (EMPIRE), and the hatred for the U.S. is most specifically from “our” ongoing imperial affairs in the Middle East. For those who accept that the hatred and intent behind the attacks was based entirely on them hating OUR personal freedoms consider the 2 targets: The “World Trade Center” (symbolized the economic face of the American Empire; the name says it all) and the Pentagon (symbolizes and represents the military face of the American Empire).

So, the empire was attacked, and GWB claimed that “freedom itself was attacked’, and at this point it becomesvery clear what these people are talking about when they say “freedom” in virtually any related context. Bush’s statement here was two-fold: On one level he was speaking to the elite imperialist establishment who understand that “freedom” means the freedom to dominate the entire globe. On the other level he was speaking to the Smerican Public and priming them for war. This is a very curious sort of “doublespeak”, and one that I’m not yet aware of there being existing terminology for proper characterization. Furthermore, it’s rather striking that they already had this sort of propaganda ready within hours of the attacks.

Giuliani and Gov. Pataki echo GWB’s propaganda exactly 2 hours later at 2:36PM. LINK

Here again this language is repeated. It’s uncertain whether or not they realized what they were saying, but Pataki saying “our way of life” would sure seem to indicate he did know what he was saying. Giuliani referring to them as “barbaric” is also striking, as that’s the exact same terminology the Roman establishment would use to justify slaughtering tens of thousands of the “lawless” “barbric” tribes who refused to be dominated bu the empire. Perhaps, one or both of this couple were simply reciting the imperialist language that we’ve all been indoctrinated with our entire lives, but if they did know what they were saying it indicates some degree of complicity.

GWB at 8:30PM on 9/11, claims that
“our way of life, our very freedom came under attack”. LINK

Bush, on 9/12, reiterates his claims that “freedom and democracy are under attack”. LINK

This rhetoric forces us to examine why we were attacked. The logic is quite simple: if “we” ewren’t attacked for our personal freedoms, then what freedom is he talking about? Even the 9/11 Commission had to admit the true nature of the hostilities towards the United States with a few breif examples:

He also stresses grievances against the United States widely shared in the Muslim world. He inveighed against the presence of U.S. troops in Saudi Arabia, the home of Islam’s holiest sites. He spoke of the suffering of the Iraqi people as a result of sanctions imposed after the Gulf War, and he protested U.S. support of Israel.
-9/11 Commission Report p.48-49

They forgot to mention things like the CIA was responsible for Saddam getting power in the first place, or how the CIA overthrew the democraticalt elected president of Iran in 1953 to admitted control the oil, or how our real “interest” in Iarael is the fact that it’s a permanent imperial beachhead for the U.S. in the Middle East. But since the Report is like a huge summarization narrative, we’ll let that one go.

But what about the statements of the 9/11 Commission members in regards to why we were attacked? Here’s excerpts from their opening statements at the first hearings:

“They wanted to extinguish the very freedom, vitality and diversity that characterizes the American way of life and makes it the bastion of hope for so many others in the world.”

“To repeat the obvious, we don’t know where these facts will lead us, but we will seek the facts and have them lead us to conclusions which then, and only then, can be the basis for realistic recommendations that will hopefully mitigate the possibility that we might again suffer the assaults of those who want to attack our way of life by attacking and terrorizing our citizens and our people in this country.”
“Those who attacked us on September 11th wanted to usher in not a brave new world but a cowardly one, a world in which terrorists who envy our freedom and despise our values are willing to slaughter the innocent through any means at their disposal.”

“Like countless Americans, I felt the searing pain, shock and horror of the brutal September 11th attacks upon my fellow citizens and the symbols of American greatness and power.”

“And finally, I’d like to echo the remarks of my colleague, Mr. Ben-Veniste. The object of the attack of 9/11 was a free and open society which those attackers hated and wished to destroy.”

“They didn’t want to bring down towers, they wanted to bring down our confidence and our freedom and our way of life.”

“One of the surest ways to let the terrorists attack us again is for all of us to stay home, seal ourselves in, and let our economy and our lives fall apart because of a perceived threat. America is a country that for 225 years has been willing to stand up, run risks, fight to make sure that we stay a democratic country and to try to help the rest of the world. And we have not gone back and hidden ourselves at home.”

“Ultimately, we owe the dead, the living, and the unborn a world of freedom and tolerance. When all else fails, we must fight to preserve and, in due course, extend those values. Freedom and tolerance are not merely Western or American ideals. They are enshrined in the UN Charter, freely subscribed to by all Member States. To allow their subordination to any ideology or religion, however deeply felt, would undo the principles upon which the future of this nation and of humanity rests.”

“Indeed, they believe that Islam’s very existence is threatened, not simply by the presence of our troops in Saudi Arabia or our support for Israel, but by the secular nature of our society, by our vast commercial and cultural power, by the destructive effects they see in globalization, by their own marginalization in the world, in their own societies, in the countries to which they and their parents have migrated.”
“Symbolically, the World Trade Center represented America’s economic might, our ambition to extend our brand of free commerce throughout the world, the physical expression of globalization, even before the term was coined. Bringing down the World Trade Center, in their mind, would challenge American authority and would demonstrate the power of the attackers.”
Transcripts/Streaming Video; First hour on Google Video ala IIB

It’s no surprise that this is the note that the entire charade started on. In psychology this is refered  to as “framing”. It ‘frames’ the mindset, and in this case diverts away from the real source of the hatred that lead to the atrocity, while adding to all of the other pro-war imperialist ‘reinforcement propaganda’.

The 9/11 Commission was a 50/50 split of 5 “Democrats”, and 5 “Republicans”. Here’s what the rest of the bipartisan U.S. politicians said about the attacks, on 9/11/02:

“9/11 was a vicious attack on civilians and on freedom.”
-Hon. Porter J. Goss [R]

The terrorists attacked the towers because they represented America’s democracy, freedom, diversity, and economic prosperity.
-Hon. Marge Roukema

Our freedom, our way of life, the very foundations of our great democracy, were ruthlessly targeted by an unprecedented force of evil.
-Hon. Timothy V. Johnson

Mr. Speaker, 1 year ago, our Nation was at-tacked by terrorists who believed that by taking innocent life, they could destroy our spirit and tear down the principles, values, and freedoms that we hold dear.
-Hon. John E. Peterson

“It is a day when our Nation changed, when we were savagely attacked by malicious enemies whose hatred of freedom and democracy runs so deep that they would murder innocent men, women and children.”
-Hon. Saxby Chambliss [R]

“we do have the freedom which we fight for, and that is why I know in our hearts we will continue to wage this ongoing fight against terrorism; These attacks on our cherished principles, values and freedoms”
-Hon. Sheila Jackson-Lee [D]

“the story of the September 11 attacks is one of immense hate, a hatred for the principles of freedom,”
-Hon. Todd Russell Platts [R]

“Now it is our duty to help these children fulfill their dreams and understand that their parents died in an attack on the freedoms and values we hold to be self-evident.”
-Hon. Lois Capps [D]

“On September 11 ,2001 ,freedom-hating terrorists took from all of us our sense of innocence.”
– Hon. John Linder [R]

Although this unprovoked attack on our Nation by faceless cowards sought to damage American will, there can be no doubt that we are more determined than ever to fight for our freedom and preserve our way of life.
-Hon. Henry E. Brown, Jr.

On both occasions these victims were victims because of what America stands for: liberty, freedom, justice, human rights, opportunity, and a faith in a caring and loving God. But out of this criminal act perpetrated upon the citizens of this Nation and on this fortress of freedom that we call the United States of America, a fierce determination arose to destroy those forces of evil that without cause or warning attacked the United States.
-Hon. William O. Lipinski

But we must never forget the lesson we were forced to relearn on September 11, 2001: there are those who are threatened by our strength, our freedoms and our way of life, and they want to destroy our Nation.
We must remain united in our commitment to pursue those who threaten us, to ensure our way of life and to uphold the hope of freedom around the globe.

-Hon. Randy ”Duke” Cunningham

These acts were carried out by a group of people who hated everything our Nation stands for, and who sought to destroy the symbols of our freedom and prosperity.
By targeting symbols of American strength and success, these attacks clearly were also in-tended to assail the principles, values, and freedoms
of the United States and the American people,
-Hon. Tim Roemer

Mr. Speaker, we gather today within this citadel
of freedom. This room is where America unites in defense of enlightened self-government.
For this reason, the terrorists targeted this temple to justice as they set out to strike a blow against self-government. And, as the terrorists at-tacked symbols of might and prosperity, they at-tacked the spirit of this building. In this way, the Capitol, the Pentagon, and the World Trade Center were all one and the same. This is where the American people exercise the fullest measure of freedom.
And, make no mistake, it was the exercise of freedom that terrorists wished to extinguish a year ago.
The terrorists failed. And, if their objective was to compel us into abandoning our principles, there may have been no more spectacular a failure in recorded history.
My friends, the flame of American freedom is burning brighter and hotter on September 11, 2002, than at any moment in our history.
Freedom continues unabated in many countries around the world. Americans are doing extraordinary things in dangerous places that are known and some that we can’t talk about.
-Hon. Tom DeLay

The attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon were an attack on all of us—our people, our Nation, our spirit, our way of life, our liberty and freedom.
-Hon. Jerry F. Costello

America has enemies who resent our freedom and way of life.
-Hon. Nick Smith

May I say to the cowards who targeted our great country last year, let me recite that terrorism against the United States, our freedom, and our people will never be tolerated.
Americans have answered the call to help their fellow man and to defend freedom and to serve their Nation. We will not retreat. We will not be intimidated.

-Hon. Jim Gibbons

They despise the fact that we stand for freedom;that we represent all that is great, all that is tolerant and hopeful and helpful and strong about communities.
-Hon. Adam H. Putnam

On September 11, 2001, freedom-hating terrorists took from all of us our sense of innocence.
We, too, are dedicated to a new birth of freedom here in this new century.
-Hon. John Linder

This bond provides hope that our Nation will heal from our grief and conquer those who would threaten our liberty and our way of life.
-Hon. Michael Bilirakis

What happened on September 11 of last year threatens that democracy.
– Hon.Gregory W. Meeks [D]

To those family members, we cannot ask to beguile them from their grief; but we hope that they are left with the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that should be theirs for having left such a precious contribution at the altar of freedom.
-Hon. Jay Inslee

And they also made sure to persuade US in commiting to “freedom”:

Our commitment to freedom and our strength as a Nation has never been on fuller, broader display.
-Hon. Rosa L. DeLauro

Perhaps most of all, however, we must rededicate ourselves to principles of freedom and democracy. Our precious liberty can never be taken for granted.
-Hon. Louise McIntosh Slaughter

We will do our part, and more, again and again in this new century to defend our country, to preserve our democracy, and safeguard our values of freedom and liberty.
-Hon. Robert A. Underwood

They are a 21st century enemy with an agelessly corrupt goal—destruction of life, elimination of liberty, and restriction of human freedom.
-Hon. Deborah Pryce

So on this 1 -year anniversary of September 11, on this Patriot Day, may Americans again unite to remember our loss, to celebrate our freedom, and to defend liberty.
-Hon. Jim Gibbons [R]

reveal an even deeper resolve to let the principles of freedom for which we stand ring loud and clear.
-Hon. Danny K. Davis [D]

It is in that same spirit that we stand together today—both Republicans and Democrats—to reaffirm that strength and resiliency by showing a strong bipartisan expression that we are first and foremost Americans and are committed to protecting the freedoms and values that make this country great.
-Hon. Philip M. Crane

It is a credit to their perseverance and their total commitment to freedom that the 107th Congress stands proud today.
-Hon. Juanita Millender-McDonald

The resulting war on terrorism has called together the people of America to unite behind a commitment to defend our homeland and pre-serve our way of life against all enemies of freedom and liberty.
-Hon. George R. Nethercutt, Jr.

We stand united in our resolve to defend freedom.
-Hon. Eni F.H. Faleomavaega

Although our country will never be the same, we have a renewed sense of commitment and are dedicated now, more than ever, to upholding our freedoms and liberties.
-Hon. Hilda L. Solis

We also know that from now on we will be asked to sacrifice convenience
for safety. We now know how vulnerable our freedom makes us.
But we also have a newfound appreciation for those freedoms and a renewed sense of the strength that our liberty gives us.

-Hon. Ted Strickland

More still needs to be done; but as we move forward, we have an opportunity to rededicate ourselves to do all we can to work together to preserve the memory of those who perished in making our Nation a better place, a safer place and to ensure that the spirit of freedom, democracy and our core American values continue to burn even brighter in our Nation and around the world.
-Hon. Saxby Chambliss [R]

Knowing this, we have a duty to prepare our-selves to defend not only our lives and those of our children, not only our beloved country, not only our freedoms, but civilization itself.
-Hon. Henry J. Hyde

How-ever, as Americans, we will not be deterred from experiencing the freedom we cherish.
-Hon. Juanita Millender-McDonald

We must preserve that democracy. What happened on September 11 of last year threatens that democracy. We must let freedom ring.
-Hon. Gregory W. Meeks

Though we are pausing throughout the day to remember those we lost, our resolve to protect our freedom is unyielding.
-Hon. Karen McCarthy

Throughout America we join together as a community in solidarity to make it clear to the world that our Nation is united and resolved to defend freedom against all enemies, any enemies. We may be Democrats or Republicans, conservatives or liberals. We may differ in religion or ethnicity, but we are united as Americans.
-Hon. Benjamin L. Cardin

If any of these ‘underlings’ I’ve cited (or could cite) aren’t ‘fully’ imperialists, it still just goes to show how deeply imbedded the imperialist propaganda is embedded in their brains. I see it as this: either ‘they’re’ (ANY politician) complete complicit imperialists (I’m not saying complicit in 9/11 itself, but rather ‘covering it up’ and promoting what most call the “New World Order”), or they’re too incompetenant to understand this core truth. In either case they need to be run out of office.

Note that the opening examples of how we’re indoctrinated are the way the establishment presents us with all ancient and historical examples of empires for our way of referencing what a civiliation is.

Now in this case its possible that some of them aren’t even aware of this. As I’ve already argued, if these people don’t understand the true nature of our system, then they’re too incompetent to hold their office and “lead” us. Or they’re complicit and are completely on the American Imperialism bandwagon. In either case, they need to be run out of town to make room for some real public “servants”.

We will defend the deepest principles of freedom and our Nation’s heritage.
-Hon. David D. Phelps

we have what it takes because we inherited a legacy of courage and honor and valor and we must answer this call to courage because what is at stake is freedom.
-Hon. Zach Wamp

What it is that “we” inherited: American Imperialism; from day one. What is the vision of American Imperialism? It’s called “Manifest Destiny“, and the modern vision isn’t just expanding the empire “from sea to shining sea”, it’s total global domination:

We have renewed our faith in our system of government and re-affirmed our commitment to the spread of freedom and justice around the globe.
-Hon. Greg Walden

that America’s destiny is the world’s destiny—to secure life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; that we cannot allow the centuries-old, worldwide fight for freedom to falter.
-Hon. Nick J. Rahall II

I am hopeful that the memorial will also be a space where people can see the American spirit, which cannot be defeated, to take comfort in America’s resolve and the inevitable triumph of freedom.
-Hon. Steve Israel

Mr. Meno hopes ”America’s message of peace and freedom can be extended to all corners of the world.”
-Hon. Robert A. Underwood

Now, we must continue to battle for freedom and democracy throughout the world, not only for our own defense, but also in the memory of those who first gave their lives for the cause on September 11, 2001.
-Hon. Ken Bentsen

We did not ask for this mission, but we will fulfill it to ensure that freedom
Today, we find ourselves at the dawn of a new birth of freedom, not only for our Nation, but indeed for all of mankind. We have been given this enormous task, and we will undertake it as only America knows how—head on—and we will succeed. We will capture this opportunity for all of mankind and all time. We will continue to lead this Nation and world that we love,

-Hon. Tom Davis

The President will be addressing the United Nations tomorrow. He will be speaking to all freedom-loving people on the face of this planet.
-Hon. Tom Lantos

And winning this war, and the long twilight struggle it has become, will require nothing less than a sustained, unswerving commitment to the propagation of freedoms around the world.
-Hon. Adam B. Schiff

And we must protect our country, all its citizens, from all that threatens democracy and freedom—for these are the fires that have lit the world.
-Hon. Edward J. Markey

Because of America’s leader-ship, freedom and democracy are winning in all corners of the world. As President Bush has said, ”We are a people dedicated to the triumph of freedom and democracy over evil and tyranny.”
-Hon. Benjamin L. Cardin

Now it is our duty to help these children fulfill their dreams and understand that their parents died in an attack on the freedoms and values we hold to be self-evident.
It is also important to remember and honor the brave American servicemen and women who are defending our freedom around the globe, joined by defenders from other countries.
-Hon. Lois Capps

On this pain-filled first anniversary, we stand tall defending freedom, working for peace, and seeking justice. We must continue to support one another, and we must remain committed and united in the war against terrorism and use all of our might to bring to justice all of those involved with the attacks. Today we pledge to do everything in our power to defeat terrorism and to make our Nation stronger in every way that has made it a beacon of freedom and opportunity in the entire world.
-Hon. Michael N. Castle

In the days and weeks ahead, let us continue to work together with humility to protect our people, guard our freedoms, and report to the world that America will never be defeated.
Let us move forward as one Nation, one people, for the sake of every single person who believes in freedom and believes in civilization and believes in humanity.
-Hon. Richard A. Gephardt

The fire of freedom, Mr. Speaker, forged the American character and it burns deep within our souls. The ashes of tragedy have rekindled that spirit; and 1 year later, the world must know freedom’s light still burns brightly and its eternal truth shall never, never be extinguished. May God, Mr. Speaker, continue to bless and guide America as we continue our commitment to a just Nation and the defense and extension of freedom.
-Hon. Steny H. Hoyer

So who exactly gets the job of expanding “freedom” to “all four corners of the globe”?

Let us move forward as one Nation, one people, for the sake of every single person who believes in freedom and believes in civilization and believes in humanity.
In the days and weeks ahead, let us continue to work together with humility to protect our people, guard our freedoms, and report to the world that America will never be defeated.
It honors the members of our Armed Forces who have been fighting and are today fighting to defend our freedom and secure our Nation.

-Hon. Richard A. Gephardt [D]

Let us also pause today to salute the men and women of our Armed Forces who are out there defending freedom and democracy on the front lines of our war on terrorism.
-Hon. Eleanor Holmes Norton

We must, and we will, continue to achieve this victory for the people of the United States and for all civilized, peace-loving people around the world. There will be a price. The blood and treasure of our Nation will be invested. The leadership, resources and unwavering courage of the United States are critical in this struggle. We shall not falter, we will rise to the challenges. And, in the end, we will leave to future generations a safer planet because we never failed to defend the freedom we cherish. We will continue to practice what we preach.
-Hon. Gil Gutknecht

Our patriots fight for the cause of freedom, and we shall support them every step of the way.
-Hon. Michael R. McNulty

American soldiers are now stationed across the globe, helping to create a world where those who live in freedom can also live free of the fear of terrorism.
-Hon. Sue Wilkins Myrick

We prayed for our soldiers who stood ready—preparing to defend our freedom.
-Hon. Dennis R. Rehberg

“That family can be assured that we will keep Sergeant Strickland memory alive as we go forward together in a unified way to preserve the freedoms for which he died. (in the Pentagon)”
-Hon. Jay Inslee [D]

It honors the members of our Armed Forces who have been fighting and are today fighting to defend our freedom and secure our Nation.
-Hon. Richard A. Gephardt [D]

Let us also pause today to salute the men and women of our Armed Forces who are out there defending freedom and democracy on the front lines of our war on terrorism.
-Hon. Eleanor Holmes Norton

And we certainly have a much deeper admiration for the courageous devotion to duty of our servicemen and women, our men and women in uniform who fight to defend our precious freedoms throughout the world.
– Hon. Todd Russell Platts [R]

The symbol of America, our flag, can still be seen flying
with dignity and honor outside homes and businesses, displaying the true pride this Nation has in its freedoms and unwavering principles.
Let us keep the families who lost loved ones in our prayers and continue to support our deployed military personnel who courageously protect our liberties and freedoms.
-Hon. Jeff Miller

We prayed for our soldiers who stood ready—preparing to defend our freedom.
-Hon. Sam Graves

They are doing difficult, dangerous work on our behalf, and on behalf of freedom and democracy.
-Hon. Solomon P. Ortiz

They are picking up where the heroes of September 11 left off—defending America, and fighting for the freedoms that we are willing to die for. The terrorists who attack us operate out of hatred—hatred of our freedom, hatred of our faith, and hatred of our liberty.
-Hon. Jo Ann Davis

Establishing a memorial in honor of those deserving men and women will be a fitting tribute to their memory and their contribution to our Nation’s freedom. Moreover, it will act as a permanent reminder to our Nation and the world that our Nation is engaged in an ongoing battle in the name of those who were taken from us to rid the world of these most heinous of crimes.
-Hon. Benjamin A. Gilman

The fact that the establishment consistently refers to our troops as defending ‘freedom” only makes my argument even more impossible to refute. How in empire’s name does having troops and bases defend us over here? Imagine how fortress like we’d be if all of our forces were here in the US. Forward deployed forces are there to protect “interests” alright… imperialist interests. But if Russia/China and friends did a sudden mass air deployment attack there wouldn’t be enough forces here at home to stop it.

All three of these gentlemen, Mr. Speaker, have been in the forefront of focusing on the foreign policy of the United States. All three have focused on the extension of liberty and justice and freedom throughout this world.
-Hon. Steny H. Hoyer

And there it is: “foreign policy”. That term is critical in understanding imperialist euphamism rhetoric. The moment you hear the media or politician talking heads invoke that term you can instantly know what they’re really talking about.

More Bush, this time he’s including all of humanity:
Google Video Link (4 Secs.)
“I believe that freedom is the future of all humanity.”

More supporting rhetoric:

Bill Clinton:
“The defense of freedom and the promotion of democracy around the world aren’t merely a reflection of our deepest values; they are vital to our national interests. Global democracy means nations at peace with one another, open to one another’s ideas and one another’s commerce.
-candidate for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination

“A hundred generations have searched for this elusive path to peace, while a thousand wars raged across the span of human endeavor, and today that new world is struggling to be born. A world quite different from the one we’ve known. A world where the rule of law supplants the rule of the jungle. A world in which nations recognize the shared responsibility for freedom and justice.”
“Now we can see… the very real prospect of a new world order, a world in which freedom and a respect for human rights find a home among all nations.”

-“Toward a New World Order” Speech; Sept. 11, 1990

“It was, it is, an unparalleled situation in history, one which presents us with the rarest opportunities to shape the world to do so wisely.”
-President GHWB and National Security Brent Scowcroft in A World Transformed

Don Rumsfeld:
“The terrorists who attacked our country on September 11, they did more than blow up our buildings or murder thousands of people. They declared war on our nation and on our way of life.”
“They attacked us because of what we are: Americans, free men and women proud of our country, proud of our country’s cause, the cause of human freedom.”
“Their goal was to try to frighten us into altering the way we live, so that we can no longer walk out of our houses, free to go where we wish and say what we wish, knowing that our children would come home safely from school. They want us to respond by curtailing those freedoms that we enjoy as a people — to withdraw.”
“So we really have two choices: Either we can change the way we live, or we must change the way that they live.”
-Addresses Military Personnel at Whiteman Air Force Base; Oct. 19, 2001

Rudy Giuliani:
“The New York City firefighters who lost their lives will be remembered among the greatest heroes of American history. Like the brave soldiers who stormed the beaches of Normandy and those who raised the flag over Iwo Jima, our firefighters… gave their lives defending our liberty.”

“We’re for freedom, we’re for the future, and in order to do that, we need leadership that uplifts us and moves us toward the future,”
Sunday, February 11, 2007

Tony Blair:
“America did not attack al-Qaida on September 11, al-Qaida attacked America, and in doing so attacked not just America, but the way of life of all people who believe in tolerance, and freedom, justice and peace.”
-the Bush-Blair press conference; Nov. 20, 2003

“I will not relent in this struggle for the freedom and security of my country and the civilized world.”
“More than 170 flags will fly on the south lawn of the White House today as a way to visually and symbolically explain that the world is coming together to fight this threat to civilization and to freedom.”
March 11, 2002

‘We’re fighting for our way of life’
Sept. 6, 2006

“The terrorists continue to plot against America and the civilized world…. We must continue to give homeland security and law enforcement personnel every tool they need to defend us. And one of those essential tools is the Patriot Act, which allows federal law enforcement to better share information, to track terrorists, to disrupt our cells, and to seize their assets.”
State of the Union address; Jan. 20, 2004

“We face brutal enemies who despise our freedom and want to destroy our way of life.”
Nov. 08, 2006
Remarks By The President At Nomination Of Dr. Robert M. Gates To Be Secretary Of Defense

Those who voluntarily place themselves in harm’s way to defend our freedom: the men and
women of the armed forces.”
“Our nation faces a threat to our freedoms, and the stakes could not be higher.”
“This new enemy seeks to destroy our freedom and impose its views.”
“We wage a war to save civilization itself.”
-in Atlanta

“Every civilized nation here today is resolved to keep the most basic commitment of civilization.”
“We will defend ourselves and our future against terror and lawless violence.”
-President George W. Bush’s first address to the General Assembly of the UN;
Nov. 10, 2001.

A month after the September 11 attacks, President Bush made the connection more explicit. “How do I respond,” he asks, “when I see that in some Islamic countries there is vitriolic hatred for America?” Of course, the President is “amazed that there’s such misunderstanding of what our country is about that people would hate us. I am like most Americans, I just can’t believe it because I know how good we are.”

“Tonight we are a country awakened to danger and called to defend freedom. ”
“On September the 11th, enemies of freedom committed an act of war against our country.”
“Americans are asking, why do they hate us? They hate what we see right here in this chamber — a democratically elected government. Their leaders are self-appointed. They hate our freedoms — our freedom of religion, our freedom of speech, our freedom to vote and assemble and disagree with each other.”
“These terrorists kill not merely to end lives, but to disrupt and end a way of life. With every atrocity, they hope that America grows fearful, retreating from the world and forsaking our friends. They stand against us, because we stand in their way.”
“But the only way to defeat terrorism as a threat to our way of life is to stop it, eliminate it, and destroy it where it grows.”
“The advance of human freedom — the great achievement of our time, and the great hope of every time — now depends on us.”
“I will not yield; I will not rest; I will not relent in waging this struggle for freedom and security for the American people.”
-Address to a Joint Session of Congress and the American People;
Sep. 20, 2001

So to believe this view we must believe that the 9/11 atrocity was simply because we have freedom of election / religion / etc. First you have to believe in the myth freedom & democracy in this country itself. When you realize that those concepts are merely illusions, along with the “First Truth” perspective, then all of the establishments lies and doublespeak shatters into a million pieces. You finally near obtaining freedom of thought: the only freedom.

What’s important to pay attention to is the use of words like “our” and “we”. Bush and friends simply aren’t referring to ‘simpletons’ like you or I when they use that language. So then who is Bush addressing when he says “we” or “us”?


  1. Catiline says:

    You raise a good point. Political rhetoric about the expansion of freedom to the entire world is by its very nature imperialistic, and most people accept this rhetoric unthinkingly.

    I am not sure which would be more appalling: if both the politicans and the people listening do not understand or care about the deeper meaning of this rhetoric – i.e. are completely stupid or lazy – or if they do understand and embrace that deeper meaning.

    In any case, let us assume for a moment that imperialism is not by definition bad. One could argue that people in oppressed societies ought to have the FREEDOM to choose their own form of government, and that if no one else will provide this freedom, we should. The question that arises from such an argument is this: are we ourselves FREE to choose our own form of government? And if we are not, is it really true that we ought to force this freedom on others?

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