Enemies of freedom

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Enemies of freedom is one of the slogans invented and promoted by the George W. Bush presidency. It's part of his fallacious notion that the attacks upon the World Trade Center in 2001 were somehow "against freedom". See the articles on War on freedom and Evil-doers and "Why do they hate us?", which further expose his persistent denial of the known facts behind the causes of the WTC attacks.

"He keeps repeating that canard that 'terrorists hate freedom.' Nonsense. There is no terrorist in the world who is a terrorist because he hates freedom. By far, the majority of terrorists are fighting for freedom of some group that doesn't have it. ... It is absurd to suppose that a human being sitting around suddenly stands up and says: 'You know, I hate freedom. I think I'll go blow myself up.'" --Charley Reese

First Usage

  • June 2, 2001: Paul Wolfowitz, during his commencement address to the cadets at West Point.
  • December 23, 2003: A search on the White House website for instances of this phrase discloses 4 uses during 2001, 9 uses during 2002, 8 in the first 5 months of 2003, and 63 uses since June 1, 2003.

By President George W. Bush

  • September 11, 2001, from Barksdale AFB, Shreveport, LA.[1]: "Freedom itself was attacked this morning by a faceless coward. And freedom will be defended."
  • "On September the 11th, enemies of freedom committed an act of war against our country."
  • "Tonight we are a country awakened to danger and called to defend freedom."
  • "freedom itself is under attack."
  • "Americans are asking, why do they hate us? They hate what we see right here in this chamber -- a democratically elected government. They hate our freedoms -- our freedom of religion, our freedom of speech, our freedom to vote and assemble and disagree with each other."
  • "Freedom and fear are at war."
  • "Freedom and fear, justice and cruelty, have always been at war, and we know that God is not neutral between them."
  • September 21, 2001: While proclaiming "National POW/MIA Recognition Day": "Throughout our history, American patriots have risen to answer the call when the enemies of freedom have jeopardized our liberties."

Subsequent Usage

"The war on terror continues. The enemies of freedom are not idle, and neither are we. This country will not rest, we will not tire, we will not stop until this danger to civilization is removed."*mdash;G.W. Bush campaign fundraiser, December 1, 2003.

Yet in the same speech, he acknowledges the impossibility of there being such a thing as an enemy of freedom, since ...

"freedom is the deepest need and hope of every human heart."

He goes on to attach divine authority to his presumptive defense of freedom: "We believe that freedom is the future of every nation. And we know that freedom is not America's gift to the world; freedom is the Almighty God's gift to every man and woman living in this world."

In the same speech, he attempts to describe free nations by using examples of what America used to be, but no longer is under his rulership:

Our greatest security comes from the advance of human liberty, because
  • free nations do not support terror;
  • free nations do not attack their neighbors;
  • free nations do not develop weapons of mass terror to threaten the world.

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