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Reader comment on item: [President Bush and] Naming the Enemy

Submitted by David and Valerea Thomas (Canada), Aug 21, 2004 at 00:03

While we agree with the focus in this article we have a question about those individuals, organizations and institutions in the United States who are constantly attacking and undermining the efforts of the current administration to prosecute the war against Islamism.

How would one describe them, what motivates them and how can one oppose them effectively? If identifying the enemy outside the country will make waging the war against them simpler then surely identifying the enemy within should also be addressed.

Today there appears to be a coalescing of these forces opposing the United States within the country itself rather like the 1960's anti-war movement. Now, as then, a leader is presenting himself to them as a war hero but is ready to betray his country once he has acceded to power. How can one oppose these forces without the effort morphing into a witch hunt, trampling on the very freedoms that the United States stands for?

These enemies of freedom have no such scruples and will impose their ideology on the nation without mercy or constraint, doing everything in their power to silence their critics. Surely, whether one calls these forces totalitarian, authoritarian, fascist, communist, islamist, they are in essence of one mind, they seek to gain power and to maintain themselves in power and will lie, steal, kill and destroy to further these goals.

Given this frame of reference, once again we ask the question, how does one oppose them?

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