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From the "Collected Speeches" by the Unification Church's Bo Hi Pak, comes the closing remarks from "To Gain Victory We Need Freedom Under God" made at the International Security Council Conference in Lisbon, Portugal, September 10, 1985. Dr. Pak said:

"Only our greed and selfishness can somehow cause the Sovietization of the world. They know this and they also know their days are numbered. On the other hand, we have so much to offer. The strongest commodities we have to export are freedom, democracy, the free market system-and God. Above all we need to export love to love-hungry people. The communist leaders built their society on hatred and distrust, and the people are miserably lonely. If we are men and women of compassion, our goal must be to liberate Moscow, even if we have to lay down our lives to accomplish it.
"After all, the American forefathers did. Why can't we? The Bible says there is no greater love than to lay down your life for your fellow man. I tell you the policy of containment will never bring victory; the policy of freedom on the offensive or peace through strength alone shall win. [Emphasis added.]
"I do not think we have much choice. This is a mandate from God for the sake of humanity, our sacred duty as freedom-loving people, and we will either take up the challenge or be doomed." [Emphasis added.]

President George Herbert Walker Bush, in his May 21, 1992, remarks at the Ohio Freedom Day Celebration in Parma, Ohio, said:

"Today we hear so much gloom and doom about what's wrong with the United States of America. But we can all take pride that we brought about the fall of the Iron Curtain, the death of imperial communism, and we prevented the cataclysm of the third world war because freedom-loving people in America and in Europe persevered and won the cold war definitively. And we should take great pride in that."

In his remarks on signing the Cuban Democracy Act of 1992 in Miami, Florida, October 23, 1992, President George H.W. Bush said:

"In today's democratic world, Communist governments no longer hold sway. Cuba's special relationship with the former Soviet Union has all but ended. And we've worked to ensure that no other government helps this, the cruelest of regimes. And the result: Literally, you look around the world and you see that Castro has literally become an outcast among dictators. He's not a leader; he's what you call a warden. His beaches are not borders but his confines of freedom. And the tide is running out. For years, this Cuban community has energized Miami. Someday freedom-loving people will change that island for the better, just like America has changed the entire world. And none of us should rest and relax until we stop those who mock the rights that we treasure, rights of speech and religion and assembly and economic freedom."

Gary L. Bauer, President of the Family Research Council, in his testimony before the Subcommittee on Trade of the House Committee on Ways and Means, Hearing on U.S.-China Trade Relations and Renewal of China's Most-Favored-Nation Status, on June 17, 1997, said:

"The Chinese people, like freedom-loving people everywhere, are looking to America for signs of hope. Let us send a clear message that we stand with those people and not their oppressors, that we support democracy in the world and will not underwrite tyranny. Far from ending all future dealings with China, the withdrawal of MFN could be one of the best investments America ever makes in China -- an investment in freedom."

In his September 9, 1997, testimony on the Freedom from Religious Persecution Act of 1997 (Part I-Administration Witnesses) before the Committee on International Relations of the House of Representatives, Frank Wolf (R-VA) said:

"The bill is not intended as a panacea. The international community, the President, the Congress, and freedom-loving people around the world must remain vigilant and courageous in standing up against religious violence. We must continue to raise individual cases and work toward religious freedom for all. And when we raise the individual cases, as we did in the Soviet Union, we help individuals."

At the June 27, 1998, Department of Defense News Briefing on the opening of the Allied Museum, Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Berlin Airlift, at Berlin-Zehlendorf, Germany, Deputy Secretary of Defense Dr. John J. Hamre said:

"The day Kennedy looked forward to has now come to pass. The action President Reagan demanded was accomplished. The hopes of all freedom-loving people in the world have been answered. And we stand in this wonderful museum today to celebrate the triumph of those hopes, and to thank all those who made this day possible."

U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ), in his May 26, 1999, remarks to the American Conservative Union on "Ronald Reagan: Conservative of the Century," said:

"When walls were all I had for a world, I learned about a man whose courage and love gave me hope in a desolate place. His faith honored us, as it honored all Americans, as it honored all freedom-loving people. It is good that we honor him as the conservative who played such an important role in shaping the best part of the century we now take our leave from."

Again, on June 6, 1999, Senator McCain included the phrase at the end of his article "Distrust, Milosevic, and Verify" published in the Los Angeles Times:

"Peace, stability and justice in the Balkans, the goals for which we went to war, will never be assured until the war criminals who brought so much misery to so many people are vanquished forever. Once that happy day arrives, all the peoples of the Balkan peninsula and freedom loving people everywhere will have a victory to celebrate."

In exerpts taken from Secretary of State-designate Colin L. Powell's January 17, 2001 testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee we find:

"If we believe the enlargement of NATO should continue, for example--and we do believe that--we should not fear that Russia will object. We will do it because it is in our interest and because freedom-loving people wish to be part of NATO. Instead, we should deal with Russia's objections and find a way to address them. NATO is not aimed at Russia; NATO is aimed at the peace of Europe, and Russia is European, after all."

Included in Legislation to Recognize February 6th as "Ronald Reagan Day" by the 71st Oregon Legislative Assembly--2001 Regular Session, House Resolution 7, we find:

"Whereas President Reagan's commitment to our armed forces contributed to the restoration of pride in America, in American values and in the values of liberty cherished by freedom-loving people throughout the world."

At the June 12, 2001, joint press conference in Madrid with Spanish President Jose Maria Aznar Lopez, President George W. Bush made the following often-quoted comments:

"The ABM Treaty is a relic of the past. It prevents freedom-loving people from exploring the future, and that's why we've got to lay it aside, and that's why we've got to have the framework, the discussions necessary to explain to our friends and allies, as well as Russia, that our intent is to make the world more peaceful, not more dangerous. Our intent is to bring stability into the world, and freedom-loving people must recognize the true threats that face democracies in the 21st century. The days of the Cold War have ended, and so must the Cold War mentality, as far as I'm concerned."
"The ABM Treaty prevents our nation and other freedom-loving nations from exploring opportunities to be able to say to those who would hold freedom-loving peoples hostage that we're not going to let you do so."

U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), in her statement on the Floor of the U.S. Senate, September 14, 2001, said:

"As to the act that occurred on September 11--a day we will never forget in our lifetime, nor will our children or grandchildren ever forget--the only way we can respond to that kind of attack on our people and our freedom is to say we will fight, not just today or next month or 2 months from now, but we are in this for the long haul, and we are going to rid the world of the despots who believe they can prey on innocent citizens against freedom-loving people in the world."

In remarks ("As Prepared For Delivery") delivered at the September 25, 2001, Minority Enterprise Development Week (MED Week) Conference held in Washington, DC, Secretary of Commerce Donald L. Evans said:

"Under President [George W.] Bush's certain leadership, our nation - indeed, freedom-loving people around the world - have been drawn together in a common purpose: the defense of freedom. We are united. And we will prevail."

Dr. Condoleezza Rice, addressing the U.S.-Russia Business Council on October 4-5, 2001, said:

"And indeed, when the World Trade Towers were attacked, the world's Trade Towers were attacked, because there were citizens from over 70 countries that were in those towers. It is a time when borders are less important, when globalization and economic commerce bring peoples together. And indeed what was attacked was that very idea, that there ought to be the free flow of people and information and ideas and pluralism. And so what we saw was a tremendous rallying of the world community, a tremendous rallying of freedom-loving people from all over the world, a tremendous rallying of civilization to say that this will not stand."

On December 16, 2001, Majority Whip Tom DeLay (R-TX) delivered a statement on the Floor of the House of Representatives as a tribute to Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-TX) which included the following:

"Today, the beacon of freedom is burning brightly. We need to stoke the flame, lift the lantern higher, and lead freedom loving people onward to a better and more fulfilling life."

Attorney General John Ashcroft was quoted by Associated Press writer Jennifer Loven on March 4, 2002, as saying:

"... with the six-month anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks nearing, improved federal cooperation with local and foreign law enforcement agencies has boosted the nation's ability to prevent attacks and to respond should there be more.
"'We have done much to improve our position,' Ashcroft said. 'But we believe that we need to be very alert. I personally believe that the training of tens of thousands of individuals in the camps designed to develop terrorists who have the capacity to hurt not only the United States, but freedom-loving people around the world, that that training was intended to sustain more than one day of attack.'"

President George W. Bush visited Berlin on May 22, 2002, to seek "European support for Washington's controversial war on terror and to sign a nuclear arms deal with Russia. ... Twenty thousand angry people took to the streets to protest against U.S. policies on trade, the Arab-Israeli conflict, Iraq and the global environment." According to then White House spokesman Ari Fleischer,

President Bush "welcomed the dissent in Berlin, ...The president believes it's part of the healthy democracy, ... This is how freedom-loving people express themselves," he said.
Note: Also see Treating dissent as treason.

From the September 17, 2002, Introduction to "The National Security Strategy of the United States of America" comes:

"These values of freedom are right and true for every person, in every society--and the duty of protecting these values against their enemies is the common calling of freedom-loving people across the globe and across the ages."

In prepared remarks for the Council on Foreign Relations, February 10, 2003, Attorney General John Ashcroft said:

"America has made the choice to fight terrorism, not just for ourselves but for all freedom-loving people. And all across the world, freedom-loving people have joined the side of liberty, justice, and respect for the rule of law."

In remarks honoring Edwin Meese III ("Leadership in the Cause of Liberty") at the Heritage Foundation, on April 24, 2003, Attorney General John Ashcroft said:

"But in America, the spirit of our nation is always renewed and our greatness as a people is ever strengthened by our dedication to the cause of freedom. With your help, I know we can keep alive these ideals that inspire and ensure our nation remains as powerful as we are just, and a beacon for freedom-loving people around the world."

On May 1, 2003, President George W. Bush declared "the end of military action in Iraq." In response, U.S. Senator George Allen (R-VA) said:

"The people of Iraq, and indeed the world, are safer today because Saddam's regime is no longer a threat to freedom loving people everywhere. The torture, repression and deceit of Saddam's dictatorship are at an end and the people of Iraq are enjoying their first breaths of freedom."

In his December 14, 2003, statement regarding the capture of Saddam Hussein, President George W. Bush's brother, Florida Governor Jeb Bush, said:

"This is a joyous day for freedom loving people around the world. The capture of Saddam Hussein is an historic event that marks a turning point for the people of Iraq, and the entire region, as the largest obstacle to Iraqi self-determination has been removed."

Regarding the capture of Saddam Hussein, Scott Paterno, Deputy General Counsel for the Majority Leader of the Pennsylvania State Senate (on leave), said on December 14, 2003:

"I, along with all Americans and the freedom-loving people of the world, thank President Bush for his unwavering leadership. ... This is not just a victory for our troops and our country, but a victory for freedom loving people the world over."

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