Written by John W. Sammon

I'd like to personally thank a number of people forrepparttar screwed up messrepparttar 126027 country is in today. First of all, I'd like to thank President Bush, who pursued a war while ignoring intelligence that contradicted his beliefs, resulting inrepparttar 126028 very quagmire I predicted months ago. Next, I'd like to thank his lunatic defense secretary, who continues to downplayrepparttar 126029 insurgent attacks against American troops as merelyrepparttar 126030 handiwork of bandits and supporters of Saddam. His ability to deny truth that's as plain asrepparttar 126031 nose on my face is truly remarkable. Next, I'd like to thankrepparttar 126032 Democrat Party, most of who meekly went along with Bush, failed in their responsibility torepparttar 126033 American people to debate an issue as important as this, and even today don't haverepparttar 126034 guts to admit maybe they were wrong. I'd like to thankrepparttar 126035 gutless newspaper editors and directors of major media for their yellow streak in refusing to ask tough questions lest they be called "unpatriotic," and who were swayed in their handling of this mess merely by money, ratings andrepparttar 126036 corporate status quo. I'd like to thankrepparttar 126037 head Dixie Chick, who as her name implies, like newspaper editors did, turned chicken when her career (and money) were threatened, and instead of havingrepparttar 126038 gumption to stand up for her rights torepparttar 126039 flag waving zealots and becoming a heroic figure (like actor John Garfield duringrepparttar 126040 McCarthy witch hunts), succumbed to black list pressure. I'd like to thank Vice President Dick Cheney, whose former company tookrepparttar 126041 rebuilding job for Iraq with no competing bids from other companies, who's never served inrepparttar 126042 military, and who's never failed once to profit fromrepparttar 126043 misfortune of others.

A Strategic Fifth Column

Written by Gerald L. Campbell

A Strategic Fifth Column by Gerald L. Campbell Senior Advisor torepparttar Director United States Information Agency, 1985-1990 Washington Times (July 7, 2003)

John Quincy Adams wrote that America's destiny was to berepparttar 126026 "beacon onrepparttar 126027 summit ofrepparttar 126028 mountain, to which allrepparttar 126029 inhabitants ofrepparttar 126030 earth may turn their eyes for a genial and saving light - a light of admonition torepparttar 126031 rulers of men, and a light of salvation and redemption torepparttar 126032 oppressed."

New significance has been given those words byrepparttar 126033 splendid military tactics that obliteratedrepparttar 126034 Taliban, seriously degraded al Quaeda, and decapitated Saddam's regime. Torepparttar 126035 oppressor, an ultimate warning has been issued. Torepparttar 126036 oppressed, history has given birth to a new springtime of hope.

Unlike anything that has gone before, America's military power has demonstrated a remarkable ability to discriminate betweenrepparttar 126037 tyrant andrepparttar 126038 innocent. The Goddess of Justice smiles more favorably uponrepparttar 126039 oppressed. The long-suffering dream emblazoned inrepparttar 126040 hearts of our common humanity - a dream for individual dignity, human solidarity, and freedom - stands poised to blossom anew asrepparttar 126041 age-old sanctuary for despots stands more naked and vulnerable than ever.

But, to fully seizerepparttar 126042 moment, we must do more than fight a tactical war against terrorists, and their networks and state sponsors. We must also takerepparttar 126043 strategic offensive. We must summon with renewed vigor our moral resources and reaffirm our unique position in world history. America must reach out torepparttar 126044 'hearts and minds' of people aroundrepparttar 126045 world and transform this latest phase ofrepparttar 126046 war against terrorism into a struggle forrepparttar 126047 freedom and dignity of man. Why is this so?

The tactics ofrepparttar 126048 terrorists are clear. They want to damage our economic infrastructure and threatenrepparttar 126049 lives of innocent people with weapons of mass destruction. Overseas, they seek to fracture alliances and turn cultures and religions against us by marketing their ruthless nihilism as an inevitable 'clash of civilizations.'

But strategically their aim runs much deeper. It is to spread fear and destroy freedom. They know that fear will subvert our freedoms and force us to disengage fromrepparttar 126050 rest ofrepparttar 126051 world. And so, this contest is essentially aboutrepparttar 126052 future of freedom.

But therein lies our enemy's Achilles heel. Forrepparttar 126053 best antidote to fear is freedom itself. And while terrorists must fight skulking inrepparttar 126054 shadows, America can struggle openly with words and deeds that truly resonate withrepparttar 126055 freedom and dignity of man, regardless of nationality, culture, or religion.

America has an intrinsic bond with all humanity andrepparttar 126056 transcendent cornerstone of that bond is freedom. Freedom, so regarded, is not a mere ideal or option contingent upon political consensus. It is not a commodity selfishly deduced from an utilitarian or hedonistic urge. Nor is itrepparttar 126057 product of certain cultures or religions. Freedom is existentially rooted inrepparttar 126058 human person and from that source emanates a purposeful dynamism that strives to give substance to history itself. And this common birthright has particular significance today.

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