“Freedom Isn’t Free”
I fe I feel inspired and patriotic every time I see a car’s back bumper sticker featuring an American flag stating, “Freedom Isn’t Free!” The moral clarity of those words rings as true as the Liberty Bell. Those Americans that do not fathom the significance of the motto Freedom Isn’t Free suffer from what I call the very problematic “victim/slave mentality,” which ultimately will become a future reality should the majority of U.S. citizens not heed the simple message the sage language conveys.
Yes Yes, it definitely indeed bears repeating, “Freedom Isn’t Free!” Its acquisition by our Founding Fathers from King George’s England involved struggle; its maintenance throughout the first two and a quarter centuries of our Great Republic required sacrifice, and its continuation into the Twenty-First Century demands perseverance. Wise people fully realize that the principles of struggle, sacrifice and perseverance are the vital characteristics of freedom, democracy and independence and of individual success.
In t In the late 1930s complaisant European nations were lulled into the jaws of the very dangerous “Victim/Slave Mentality.” Weak democracies tried placating and accommodating the tyrannical proponents of the Communist, Socialist and Fascist ideologies and Europe soon found itself in jeopardy with maniacs like Stalin, Hitler and Mussolini threatening the existence of taken-for-granted freedom and human rights. Thanks to the intervention and the military might of the United States, Hitler and Mussolini’ were ultimately defeated (despite incredible adversity) and Europe was mercifully salvaged from the scourge of Fascism. But Nazi Fascism did not go away meekly like a lamb into the night. Its defeat required intensive struggle, loss of American treasure, sacrifice and perseverance with over 50 million military and civilian deaths occurring during that WWII widespread devastation.
Yes During War World II the social axiom “Freedom Isn’t Free!” was definitely validated and verified. Millions of innocent people throughout Europe became “victims and/or slaves.” But nearly fifty years removed from the terrible Holocaust, today’s gullible anti-war idealists can’t logically fathom how and why it is easier to prevent a madman like Hitler (or Saddam Hussein) from threatening our existence than to eliminate his or her power once the madman gets on a conquest roll. “Prevention is always much better than cure!” is a good history maxim to always remember.
Thr Throughout its existence the United States has selflessly liberated more people from tyranny than any other civilization this world has ever known and America truly represents the greatest force for good that this planet has yet yielded. And following World War II, U.S. benevolence financed the rebuilding of Europe through the Marshall Plan and during the Reagan Presidency the world witnessed the decline of the Soviet Empire and the relinquishment of Russian Communism dominating Eastern Europe. Thanks to American perseverance, democratic capitalism emerged triumphant over its very formidable totalitarian rival.
And And even today America has liberated fifty million people in Afghanistan and in Iraq from the Taliban and from Saddam Hussein’s cruel regime but despite the fact that the seeds of democracy have been sown in neighboring Lebanon and in Palestine (not to mention Libya abandoning its nuclear weapons ambitions) many critics abroad and at home cynically insist that the U.S. is to blame for virtually every conflict throughout the world. These “Blame-America-first” skeptics assert that when New York City’s Twin Towers were destroyed on September 11th, 2001 “the chickens came home to roost!” These misguided cynical pundits indeed are modern-day possessors of the “Victim/Slave Mentality,” for if and when a plurality of Americans think and believe as they do, then that certainly will be when this great nation will be vulnerable to takeover from dictators, from repressive foreign ideologies and from more-than-treacherous Fascist Jihadists. These contemporary European and American anti-war Apologists in our midst do not (and will never) understand the maxim, “Freedom Isn’t Free!”
The Anti-war Apologists in Europe and those in America inadvertently and naively align themselves with the Arab Press and with the Arab Street by proclaiming that al Qaeda and its attendant cells will exclusively attack institutions and people in the United States and in Great Britain because the two long-time allies have a military presence in Iraq. The popular falsehood that the anti-war faction supports is that the Jihadists will only leave the U.S. and England alone when our forces jointly pull out of the Middle East.
The The best advice to honor is that we shouldn’t give the “power of discretion or of choice” to maniacal anarchists. Yet the foolish possessors of the “Victim/Slave Mentality” don’t realize that the crazed Muslim Jihadists really want U.S. and British militaries out of the Middle East so that “the enemy” can organize an Islamic Revolution, turn Iraq into a post-war 1990s-type Afghanistan with a Taliban-style regime in command, reinsert a Baathist-oriented government in Iraq (with the nefarious goals of unifying the entire Middle East Arab block against the West) and then systematically extort Europe and America with two hundred-dollar-a-barrel or more oil (to weaken and then paralyze our economies).
The The craven Apologists must comprehend once and for all that “Freedom Isn’t Free!” and that the several thousand American soldiers that have lost their lives in Iraq have not died in vain. (Please remember that over 405,000 American troops had died in WWII). Most of those brave soldiers currently serving in the (all volunteer) U.S. military believe in their mission and fully know that true freedom involves struggle, sacrifice and perseverance.
The The easy-way-out Apologist “Victim/Slave Mentality” has no vision of what the world would be like without the United States economy and military giving it stability or what this planet’s future would be like if the United States did not take the leadership role in preventing Jihadism and anarchy from spreading their poisonous tentacles around the globe. The last thing that radical Islamic fundamentalists want is the establishment of democracies (like those being instituted in Afghanistan and Iraq) to grant Middle East Muslims (including women) modern-day individual rights.
Let Let's now analyze in a time-line exactly what the Apologist’s philosophy of ignoring the terrorists and hoping that their insidious cancer will cure itself has recently accomplished. On February 26, 1993 during the Clinton Administration radical Islamic extremists targeted New York City’s Twin Towers with a truck bomb that exploded, killing six innocent “VICTIMS” and injuring a thousand others. Attorney General Janet Reno called the reprehensible blatant execution of terrorism “a criminal act.” Without having their barbarous evil deed avenged (again during the Clinton Administration) al Qaeda terrorists on August 7, 1998 blew up U.S. embassies in Kenya and in Tanzania killing 224 people (including 12 Americans) and injuring 5,000 others. Then again during the Clinton Administration al Qaeda proponents in Yemen drove a boat into the U.S.S. Cole killing 17 American sailors. And who could forget the infamous Blackhawk Down debacle in Mogadishu, Somalia? Bill Clinton’s Administration did little to counteract the series of unwarranted attacks, merely treating them as “criminal acts” and not as violent terroristic acts of war against the United States of America.
The Then of course on September 11, 2001 the Twin Towers in Manhattan came down when a pair of jet airplanes (used as missiles) impacted the structures and over three thousand innocent civilian “VICTIMS” perished. President George W. Bush instantly declared war on terrorism. But U.S. Apologists believe and state that the terroristic acts are isolated incidents of angry Arab reactions to exploitative U.S. foreign policy and that America is to blame for their implementation.
Get Get real now you anti-war dissenters! Nobody in his or her right mind likes war! But sometimes war is necessary to stop tyranny, to thwart terrorism, and to keep Americans “FREE.” But liberal elements of the U.S. Press have aligned with the Arab Press and the Arab Street by condemning the “War on Terrorism” as being “Bush inspired.” However this War on Terror has gotten Osama bin Laden out of his comfort zone and hiding in caves and safe houses and it has gotten Saddam Hussein out of power and into U.S. custody and eventually executed as a diabolical mass murderer of hundreds of thousands of innocent Kurds. Please remember from the past that because of greedy dictators like Hitler and Mussolini that over 50 million people had needlessly died in World War II. And if Americans don’t want to see their children or grandchildren become “VICTIMS” of terrorists or “SLAVES” to dictators, then they should wholeheartedly support the War on Terror and not foolishly give aid and comfort to this country’s avowed Islamic Fascist enemies.
The The resident U.S. Apologists argue that (if the U.S. does not withdraw its forces from Iraq) terrorists will continue to punish the U.S. and Great Britain by hitting famous landmarks and/or soft targets and that the suicide bombers and assassins will continue to reward France and Germany by favoring those countries and not committing attacks in Berlin, Frankfurt, Paris and Marseilles. And conversely those same anti-war advocates glaringly demonstrate (through their quixotic rhetoric) that they are willfully conceding power to our declared enemies by empowering and emboldening terrorists, who do not represent in any way, shape or form any organized legitimate government. The terrorists want the U.S. out of the entire Middle East so that they can take over and control the Arab oil. The jealous Arab terrorists are the true “Imperialists.”
The The terrorists are indeed encouraged and emboldened when they can commit acts of carnage and destruction by destroying trains and killing people in Madrid and then consequently influencing the outcome of Spanish elections. The terrorists are further encouraged and emboldened when they can interrupt the G-8 Conference in Scotland and simultaneously indirectly showing that the 2012 Olympics in London could be in harm’s way should the British government not accede to their militant demands to vacate Iraq.
And And on the home front the resident U.S. Apologists (and anti-war bleeding hearts) are showing the same apathy to danger that the populations of Europe had exercised prior to Hitler’s plot to dominate Europe and to threaten freedom all over the world. The Apologists are ignoring the underlying truth in the statement “Freedom Isn’t Free!” and history attests (through its habit of repeating itself) that nations that don’t oppose tyranny and Fascism soon either become a “victim” of it or a “slave” to it!
And And now during a time of worldwide crisis some of America’s formerly trusted allies that had been liberated from the WWII “Victim/Slave” existence are turning their backs on the United States. But the USA is not deterred because there’s something marvelously American about mustering up sufficient courage and fortitude for standing up for and doing what is morally right and for doing what is absolutely necessary in order to confront imminent national and international threats. When a tough and dirty assignment needs to be done, thank God that America is still there and willing and able to do it!
Wh While the American and the Arab Press are prattling about inhumane treatment of “prisoners” (a poor euphemism for “war combatants”) at Abu Ghraib and at Guantanimo Bay, the prevalent anti-war “Victim/Slave Mentality” wants to protect the civil rights of terrorists that are bent on destroying our civilization when the captured terrorists aren’t even U.S. citizens protected by the U.S. Constitution and its First Ten Amendments. And when told this salient fact, the anti-war sophists switch gears and maintain that the “prisoners” deserve Geneva Convention rights even though they don’t represent any country or army and don’t wear any nation’s military uniforms but merely desire to eliminate and exterminate all aspects of Western Civilization.
But But despite the obvious lack of support from France, from Russia and from Germany, the United States wisely refuses to legitimize avowed enemies of this country and contrary to sane reason the naïve Apologists will continue equivocating their talking-points that express that terrorists are entitled to fair trials in courts of law when their prime objective is to eradicate all facets of Western law and order. The anti-war bleeding hearts throughout the civilized world won’t be satisfied until they themselves are either blown up or become “Victims and/or Slaves” to lunatic Islamic anarchists. But then in the final analysis it will be too late for the Apologists to moralize, to politicize, to prevaricate and to give moral equivalency to the enemy because their freedom to oppose will have been abruptly extinguished if the Jihadist Fascists ever emerge victorious.
Mo Most European nations have been experiencing zero population growth so to satisfy the demand for low-paying jobs France and Germany have aggressively imported large Arab populations that have not been thoroughly assimilated into their cultures. The French and the German governments don’t want to antagonize the already alienated resident Arabs so their option-of-choice has been to tolerate the minority foreigners, many of whom listen weekly in mosques to the inflammatory diatribes of Muslim clerics that espouse the radical decline and fall of Western democratic nations.
But But most astute practical Americans grimly recognize that tough times and a determined enemy require struggle, sacrifice (in lives and money) along with steadfast perseverance. Terrorists must be ferreted out in the U.S. and abroad and moderate Muslim leaders must show the courage to denounce their clandestine activities and demonstrate the desire to help authorities identify Islamic militants and radicals. Hate speech (among Muslims) extolling anarchy and violence does not constitute free speech!
And And when the misguided Apologists vociferously cry out that the rights of these “suspected criminals” are being jeopardized, then the sane silent majority should stand together in unity and volley back with conviction, “The rights of the majority must prevail for the safety and welfare of our country. These demented extremists being identified are not suspected criminals; they are suspected enemies-at-war with the United States. It’s a matter of national security!”
The The terrorist bombers of today have much in common with the Japanese kamikaze pilots that committed suicide during the waning days of World War II. Their’ (the pilots) extreme willingness to die crashing airplanes into battleships (while taking along as many Americans as they could) only confirms the fact that the martyrs had accepted in their minds that the defeat of Imperial Japan had been imminent. The present-day Islamic radicals realize that the Taliban, the Baathists and other repressive Arab regimes will eventually totter and fall once democracy takes hold in Afghanistan, in Iran and in Iraq. That is why the terrorists are committing these desperate heinous acts of violence. The fanatics know that their time is just about over and that the sand in their hourglasses is rapidly expiring.
But But the vocal Apologists want the USA to fail in Iraq while the Bush Administration is directly staring into victory’s face. The Apologists all share the fatal “Victim/Slave Mentality,” for that tragedy is what will surely happen to the USA, France, England and Germany should America falter in its resolve. Then America would sometime in the future fall prey to a newly appeared treacherous dictator who has ambitious designs of conquering the world, or the U.S. will fall prey to a radical predatory ideology determined to snuff out our revered human rights. That’s precisely why “Freedom Isn’t Free” and that’s exactly why the preservation of liberty, independence, and civil rights essentially requires struggle, sacrifice and perseverance, three vital characteristics that the Apologists sadly lack and shirk away from. America’ will not be destroyed by any external enemy, but we are indeed vulnerable from within as we morally decline and as we lose our sense of purpose and our need for survival.
The The next major disaster performed by desperate terrorists might (in comparison) make the Twin Towers destruction seem like a minor event. The fanatics avariciously desire to get their hands on chemical, on biological and on atomic weapons capable of killing hundreds of thousands of Americans. It really doesn’t matter to them that these targeted people are ordinary civilians with ordinary families. Their wicked goal is to see Manhattan, Washington DC, Chicago, Philadelphia or Los Angeles totally obliterated. We cannot allow this insanity to happen even though our necessary solution might endanger the rights of “suspected war criminals” that think your neighborhood is their battlefield. If the anti-war “Victim/Slave Mentality” should ever become the majority opinion in America, then regrettably the lyrics of the rock group Kansas would become prophetic truth, “All we are is dust in wind!”
Let’ Let's be wary and vigilant and do our best to not permit horrific catastrophe to happen! Wake up all you lily-hearted Apologists while you still have precious breath in your lungs to perform your pathetic apologizing! It’s now time for all Americans to openly acknowledge that Freedom Isn’t Free and that these dire times require the tried and true long-honored virtues of struggle, sacrifice, courage and perseverance. Appeasement, negotiations and concessions to terrorists are not the answers!
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The The Islamic terrorists’ have an evil end game that needs to be disclosed and addressed. Here is the terrorists’ end game in a nutshell. The maniacs’ headed by Osama bin Laden are modern-day Fascists using Islamic Jihad as their cover and as their modus operandi in an effort to make their evil scheme appear religiously legitimate. Crashing jet airplanes into skyscrapers and detonating explosives in metropolitan subways are merely highly visible means of accomplishing their sinister secret goal.
The The determined lunatics want to get their paws on chemical, biological and nuclear weapons of mass destruction in order to kill hundreds of thousands of innocent people and effectively frighten and traumatize millions of others. The principal objective of the terrorists is to instill fear into the hearts of ordinary citizens. But the acquisition and usage of these reprehensible weapons of mass destruction is only another means of achieving their evil end game.
The The shrewdly concealed wicked end game of the terrorists is to destabilize and inevitably cripple the U.S. economy. This diabolical achievement will cause widespread chaos in the United States, ultimately leading to a Second Great Depression of colossal magnitude. The U.S. will be the first domino to tumble that will soon make England, France, Japan, Russia and Germany totter and then fall into a Worldwide Depression.
A f A fture power vacuum would then be created similar to the one that existed after 1929 right before Hitler, Mussolini and Stalin came to power prior to World War II. In a similar future scenario the United States and the Free World would then be vulnerable to the ascension of Fascist dictators and their radical Islamic ideologies. The Muslim/Islamic suicide/homicide bombers are just naive pawns that Osama bin Laden and his confederates are exploiting as part of their sinister plot to take over all Arab oil and to eventually rule the entire world. The Muslim religion is simply Osama bin Laden’s cover (and the Jihadists lying justification) for worldwide conquest and for Arab triumph over the Judeo-Christian West.
The The Jihadists want to unify the Arab World against the West and then extort Europe, Japan and the U.S. with two hundred-dollar-a-barrel (or more) oil to help bring about the decline and fall of Western and Eastern’ civilizations. You don’t see O.B.L. blowing himself up now, do you? The maniac has found gullible suckers (young idealistic martyrs) in the Arab World to use and manipulate as tools to accomplish his repugnant purpose, a devastating worldwide depression allowing him and his cohorts to ascend to tyrannical power. Wake up World! The Jihadists are the ones that want to take control of the Arab World and its oil, not the Americans! The terrorists are the damned bad guys, not the United States of America!