Bush: "We will see Freedom's victory."
President Bush to the National Endowment for Democracy.
"In this new century, freedom is once again assaulted by enemies determined to roll back generations of democratic progress. Once again, we're responding to a global campaign of fear with a global campaign of freedom. And once again, we will see freedom's victory."
"They target nations whose behavior they believe they can change through violence. Against such an enemy, there is only one effective response: We will never back down, never give in, and never accept anything less than complete victory."
"The murderous ideology of the Islamic radicals is the great challenge of our new century. Yet, in many ways, this fight resembles the struggle against communism in the last century. Like the ideology of communism, Islamic radicalism is elitist, led by a self-appointed vanguard that presumes to speak for the Muslim masses. Bin Laden says his own role is to tell Muslims, quote, "what is good for them and what is not." And what this man who grew up in wealth and privilege considers good for poor Muslims is that they become killers and suicide bombers. He assures them that his -- that this is the road to paradise -- though he never offers to go along for the ride. "
"Like the ideology of communism, our new enemy teaches that innocent individuals can be sacrificed to serve a political vision. And this explains their cold-blooded contempt for human life. We've seen it in the murders of Daniel Pearl, Nicholas Berg, and Margaret Hassan, and many others. In a courtroom in the Netherlands, the killer of Theo Van Gogh turned to the victim's grieving mother and said, "I do not feel your pain -- because I believe you are an infidel." And in spite of this veneer of religious rhetoric, most of the victims claimed by the militants are fellow Muslims."
"And whatever lies ahead in the war against this ideology, the outcome is not in doubt: Those who despise freedom and progress have condemned themselves to isolation, decline, and collapse. Because free peoples believe in the future, free peoples will own the future.The terrorists are as brutal an enemy as we've ever faced. They're unconstrained by any notion of our common humanity, or by the rules of warfare. No one should underestimate the difficulties ahead, nor should they overlook the advantages we bring to this fight. "
"Some observers look at the job ahead and adopt a self-defeating pessimism. It is not justified. With every random bombing and with every funeral of a child, it becomes more clear that the extremists are not patriots, or resistance fighters -- they are murderers at war with the Iraqi people, themselves. "
"As Americans, we believe that people everywhere -- everywhere -- prefer freedom to slavery, and that liberty, once chosen, improves the lives of all. And so we're confident, as our coalition and the Iraqi people each do their part, Iraqi democracy will succeed. "
"Many people of the Muslim faith are proving their commitment at great personal risk. Everywhere we have engaged the fight against extremism, Muslim allies have stood up and joined the fight, becoming partners in a vital cause. Afghan troops are in combat against Taliban remnants. Iraqi soldiers are sacrificing to defeat al Qaeda in their own country. These brave citizens know the stakes -- the survival of their own liberty, the future of their own region, the justice and humanity of their own tradition -- and that United States of America is proud to stand beside them."
"Throughout history, tyrants and would-be tyrants have always claimed that murder is justified to serve their grand vision -- and they end up alienating decent people across the globe. Tyrants and would-be tyrants have always claimed that regimented societies are strong and pure -- until those societies collapse in corruption and decay. Tyrants and would-be tyrants have always claimed that free men and women are weak and decadent -- until the day that free men and women defeat them. "
"We don't know the course of our own struggle -- the course our own struggle will take -- or the sacrifices that might lie ahead. We do know, however, that the defense of freedom is worth our sacrifice. We do know the love of freedom is the mightiest force of history. And we do know the cause of freedom will once again prevail. "
Ho messo assieme i passaggi, a mio parere, più interessanti e significativi del magnifico discorso del Presidente Bush al National Endowment for Democracy.Per quanto mi riguarda uno dei più bei discorsi che io abbia mai sentito da Bush jr.
Noterete una cosa,il paragone quattro volte di fila fatto tra l'ideologia comunista e il terrorismo islamista.Non è certo una novità sentire associare il fanatismo islamico a una nuova forma di un vecchio totalitarismo,ma sentirlo scandire cosi chiaramente per diverse volte a me è suonata come cosa nuova e,devo dire, azzeccata nei riferimenti sulla gestione dei media e del rapporto con le masse in relazione al regime comunista.
E' un Bush a tutto campo,che cita le stragi di tutto il mondo e addirittura mette in luce il tragico assassinio di Theo Van Gogh e di conseguenza il problema enorme dell'integrazione in Europa. Esalta i meriti degli amici musulmani che lottano al nostro fianco per la libertà dei popoli oppressi da regimi teocratici e oscurantisti che ancora minacciano alla pace globale e alla libertà per tutti i musulmani che vivono in quei paesi.
Capisce lo sforzo a cui è chiamato il mondo intero nel combattere una guerra a larga scala contro il male di questo secolo,ma ci fa forza e ci fa capire come ne valga la pena,perchè in gioco c'è ancora una volta la libertà. E la libertà è l'unica cosa che non si distrugge nè con l'oppressione teocratica e oscurantista nè con gli attentati e le armi di distruzioni di massa,la libertà vive anche nella schiavitù e prima poi è destinata a sprigionarsi.
Ed è per questo che siamo fiduciosi nel trionfo della libertà. Come si suol dire,non è questione di se, ma solo di quando.
E tocca a tutti noi contribuire per fare in modo che quel quando sia il più presto possibile.
Chi ama la Libertà trova nel Presidente Bush un alleato instancabile che non delude mai.