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"They hate us because we don't know why they hate us."
"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
This struggle has been called a clash of civilizations. In truth, it is a struggle for civilization. We are fighting to maintain the way of life enjoyed by free nations. And we're fighting for the possibility that good and decent people across the Middle East can raise up societies based on freedom and tolerance and personal dignity.
Sep. 11 2006
Bush: 'We're fighting for our way of life'
Sept. 6, 2006
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
"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."
"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.
"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
"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
Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring),
(1 )recognizes September 11 as both a day to remember those taken from their families,loved ones,and fellow citizens and a day for Americans to recommit to the Nation, to their freedoms,and to each other;
"It is in that same spirit that we stand together today both Republicans and Democrats ..." Hon. Henry J. Hyde [R]
"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
"They were not only attacks on the people in the United States, our friends in America, but also against the entire civilized world, against our own freedom, against our own values, values which we share with the American people." Calling Tuesday's attacks a threat to peace and freedom everywhere, he said, "We will not let these values be destroyed – in Europe, America or anywhere in the world."
-German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder
"not only on the United States, but against humanity itself and the values of freedom we all share." The EU ministers said in a statement "There will be no safe haven for terrorists and their sponsors, the Union will work closely with the United States and all partners to combat international terrorism."
-European Union foreign ministers
Sept. 14, 2001
On September 11, 2001, terrorists attacked civilization itself.
-Ambassador Lawrence G. Rossin
And their aim is to destroy our way of life and what our democracy represents.
-Adel Darwish 2005
"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."
-Transcript: the Bush-Blair press conference
Nov. 20, 2003
Originally posted by Johnmike
That's politics. Words like "freedom" and "democracy" sound good. It's perfectly natural to do. Sometimes misleading, but it makes people feel warm and fuzzy inside.
Originally posted by Bugman82
I have a suggestion to make also. You should do a write up, video, or major post on practical ways we can apply the information you have shown us. I'm now at a loss on how I should vote. I don't trust much of anyone political I see flapping their gums on TV. I don't have any idea of really how to apply all this new insight I have if you know what I mean. A practical application approach would be totally awesome.
"9/11 was a vicious attack on civilians and on freedom." -Hon. Porter J. Goss [R]
"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]
"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]
"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]
"What happened on September 11 of last year threatens that democracy." - Hon.Gregory W. Meeks [D]