Iraq: an epic battle between tyranny and freedom


Richard Moore

   "Mr. Bush sought to place the war in Iraq in the context of
    an epic battle between tyranny and freedom, saying the
    campaign against global terrorism was 'the decisive
    ideological struggle of the 21st century and the calling of
    our generation.' 'If we do not defeat these enemies now,'
    Mr. Bush said, 'we will leave our children to face a Middle
    East overrun by terrorist states and radical dictators armed
    with nuclear weapons.'

How interesting, when a lie becomes extreme, it circles back to a truth.

Yes, Iraq does reflects an epic battle, between the freedom fighters of the 
world, and the tyranny of global capitalism. And yes, the battle between freedom
and global tyranny is the decisive ideological struggle of our generation. If we
do not end the tyranny of folks like Bush, we will leave our children -- those 
that survive -- to face a world overrun by a global fascist dictatorship, armed 
with nuclear weapons.


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September 12, 2006
In Prime-Time Address, Bush Says Safety of U.S. Hinges on Iraq

WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 ‹ President Bush used the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11
attacks on Monday to tell Americans that they were engaged in ³a struggle for 
civilization² that would be determined in part by the course of the war in Iraq.

³The safety of America depends on the outcome of the battle in the streets of 
Baghdad,² Mr. Bush said.

In a prime-time speech from the Oval Office, delivered after a day of solemn 
ceremonies, Mr. Bush sought to place the war in Iraq in the context of an epic 
battle between tyranny and freedom, saying the campaign against global terrorism
was ³the decisive ideological struggle of the 21st century and the calling of 
our generation.²

³If we do not defeat these enemies now,² Mr. Bush said, ³we will leave our 
children to face a Middle East overrun by terrorist states and radical dictators
armed with nuclear weapons.²

The address capped a week of speeches in which Mr. Bush tried to lay out his 
best case for the war in Iraq by defining it as a crucial front in the war on 
terror, while portraying the broader struggle as a natural successor to World 
War II and the Cold War in defining the place of the United States in the world.

Even by the standards of his latest round of speeches, Mr. Bush¹s language was 
particularly forceful, even ominous, with warnings of a radical Islamic network 
that was ³determined to bring death and suffering to our homes.²

Mr. Bush spent roughly one-fifth of his 17-minute address making the case that 
the nation¹s safety hinged on success in Iraq, even as he implicitly 
acknowledged there was no link between Saddam Hussein and the Sept. 11 strikes.

³I¹m often asked why we¹re in Iraq when Saddam Hussein was not responsible for 
the 9/11 attacks,² Mr. Bush said, going on to say that Mr. Hussein was a threat 
nonetheless, that he needed to be confronted and that the world was safer with 
him in captivity.

And Mr. Bush reprised some of his tougher talk against Osama bin Laden, 
delivering a message to him and other terrorists, ³America will find you, and we
will bring you to justice.²

Mr. Bush gave his address at the end of a tour through the three major attack 
sites ‹ Lower Manhattan; Shanksville, Pa.; and the Pentagon ‹ in which he 
attended ceremonies and spoke with the bereaved but made no public comments.

He gave the speech from behind his desk at a fast clip, but with a furrowed brow
and circles below his eyes. He delivered it five years to the minute of when he 
addressed the nation from the same seat on the evening of Sept. 11, 2001, and 
proclaimed that those who harbored terrorists would be dealt with as if they 
were terrorists themselves.

Drawing parallels between the challenges of his presidency and those of 
Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman, Mr. Bush said, ³Our nation
has endured trials, and we face a difficult road ahead.² And he called for 
unity, saying, ³We must put aside our differences and work together to meet the 
test that history has given us.²

All of the networks carried the address live; ABC ran it during a break in its 
miniseries about the attacks that portrayed the Clinton and Bush administrations
as having failed at times to move aggressively enough against Al Qaeda before 
the attacks.

Mr. Bush¹s address brought to a close a day when leaders of both parties put 
aside, at least for the moment, the acrimony that has characterized the national
security debate since the brief period of national unity after the attacks. But 
as soon as the speech was over, the partisanship flared again. Senator Edward M.
Kennedy, Democrat of Massachusetts, said the president ³should be ashamed of 
using a national day of mourning² to justify his Iraq policy. And Senator 
Charles E. Schumer of New York, leader of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign 
Committee, called the address disappointing, saying, ³You do not commemorate the
tragedy of 9/11 by politicizing it.²

Hours earlier, Congressional leaders joined on the Capitol steps to sing ³God 
Bless America,² an effort to recreate their spontaneous moment of post-attack 
comity. And the Senate Democratic leader, Harry Reid ‹ whose press office is 
ordinarily a clearinghouse for hard-charging attacks on the president and 
Republican leadership ‹ released a statement that read in part, ³The light that 
shone on Sept. 11 cannot die, it cannot be dimmed, it cannot fail.²

But it was the president¹s day that dominated a news media environment that was 
swimming in the imagery of Sept. 11, with the cable news networks offering 
blanket coverage of the day¹s ceremonies, mixed with remembrances from 
survivors, first responders, officials and politicians.

Before speaking from the Oval Office, Mr. Bush had spent the day in public 
silence as he and Laura Bush visited the three sites scarred by the attacks, a 
solemn trek that began at ground zero Sunday night.

The Bushes began their day at the Fort Pitt firehouse on the Lower East Side of 
Manhattan, where they observed back-to-back moments of silence ‹ one at the 
precise moment each of the twin towers was struck. They then moved to 
Shanksville, Pa., where Mr. and Mrs. Bush laid a wreath in a spitting rain in 
the field where United Airlines Flight 93 crashed, and wound up at the Pentagon,
where the weight of the day showed on their faces.

It was an emotional and somber, if carefully scripted, day for the Bushes, 
designed by the White House to maximize the president¹s exposure but minimize 
his words before the evening speech.

At the Pentagon, Vice President Dick Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald H. 
Rumsfeld presided over a memorial service that was occasionally interrupted by 
the eerie roar of commercial jets from nearby Ronald Reagan National Airport.

Addressing a crowd of 500 that included relatives of victims, Mr. Cheney said 
the United States would keep pressing the fight. ³We have no intention of 
ignoring or appeasing history¹s latest gang of fanatics trying to murder their 
way to power,² Mr. Cheney said, quoting the president and reprising a theme that
has been taken by critics as a veiled effort to portray Democrats as appeasing 
the enemy.

Also speaking at the service, Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, 
said the number of American military personnel killed in Afghanistan and Iraq, 
at roughly 3,000, was approaching the number of people killed in the attacks.

Teresa Taylor of New Hampshire, who attended in honor of her brother-in-law, 
Leonard E. Taylor, said she was moved by Mr. Rumsfeld¹s recounting of the day of
the attacks, given in halting voice. ³It brought back a lot of memories,² she 

But Shannon Mason of Springfield, Va., called the ceremony ³too political² for 
coupling the attacks with the war in Iraq. Ms. Mason, whose mother, Ada Mason, a
Pentagon budget analyst, was killed in the attack, added, ³I think the war has 
nothing to do with Sept. 11.²

Even as he called for unity Mr. Bush alluded to Democratic calls for a timetable
to withdraw from Iraq, saying, ³Whatever mistakes have been made in Iraq, the 
worst mistake would be to think that if we pulled out, the terrorists would 
leave us alone. They will not leave us alone.²

Mark Leibovich and Helena Andrews contributed reporting.

Copyright 2006 The New York Times Company

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