The War on Terrorism after September 11: A Perspective from America's Heartland
Daxiyangguo, 2002 n. 2, 113-123
Posted: 30 Aug 2015
Date Written: 2002
The United States has always engaged the enemy employing the rhetoric of freedom. And, this "war" is no different. In declaring that this is not "just: America's fight [a]nd what is at stake is not just America's freedom," President Bush declared that "[t]his is the world's fight. This is civilization's fight. This is the fight of all who believe in progress and pluralism, tolerance and freedom." (Ibid: xviii). If this is truly a fight for freedom, not: just a temporary, illusory, and utopian quest for freedom from evil acts committed by terribly misguided individuals, but true freedom to live and develop as individuals within communities -in short, freedom for excellence - and if our quest for freedom realistically extends to the alienated peoples of Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Egypt, and other Islamic countries, then we have a chance to win this war.
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