The phrase that one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter is wrong. To believe that is to devalue those who seek true liberty. For example, some have compared the Iraqi “insurgents” to our own revolutionary soldiers under George Washington. The America that Washington helped establish became a beacon of freedom. We know what will happen if the Islamic terrorists and former Baathists gain power in Iraq or anywhere else. We have seen it before. We witnessed the oppression of the Taliban in Afghanistan and the horrors of Saddam. So how could a group of men who fought for a freedom that stood the test of time be compared to terrorists who would enslave their own people?
Those who kill the innocent in terrorist activities as part of a deliberate policy are not freedom fighters. Mohammed Bouyeri, the murderer of Dutch artist Theo Van Gogh, told the Dutch court, “I take responsibility for my actions. I acted purely in the name of my religion. I can assure you that one day, should I be set free, I would do the same exactly, the same.” He turned to Van Gogh’s mother and said, “I don’t feel your pain. I have to admit that I don’t have any sympathy for you. I can’t feel for you because you’re a non-believer.”
These terrorists are showing no mercy and no quarter. For them, it is a battle to the death and if they gain control, they will not show mercy for those they conquer.
Since our own revolution, not all revolutions have produced more liberties as an end result. Whereas the American Revolution set in motion a country conceived in liberty, the French revolution produced Napoleon. The Russian Revolution unleashed a virus of totalitarianism that killed millions. Can we truly equate those Russian revolutionaries and the modern day Islamic terrorists with those soldiers who survived Valley Forge?
Mohammad Bouyeri made it very clear what is at stake. This is a war against Liberty. To equate these terrorist individuals with those soldiers who stood freezing in 1776 insults those who fought for the expansion of the freedom in the past and are still doing it today.