It’s all the rage today and for the past decade to attempt to label the people fighting for a cause as FREEDOM FIGHTERS.
Is a Freedom Fighter anyone fighting against a superior force? Is a freedom fighter anyone willing to fight against perceived oppression no matter the ideals for which that group is fighting?
Were Bolsheviks freedom fighters? Are Palestinians freedom fighters? Were the Viet Minh freedom fighters? Are the Taliban freedom fighters? Are Sunni insurgents who are backed by al Qaeda freedom fighters? Are the Hezbollah soldiers backed by Iran in the fight against Lebanese Christians and Israelis fighting for freedom? Are they freedom fighters?
They fit the definition of Wikipedia. Yet, are they fighting for freedom or the freedom to oppress as they see fit to oppress.
Hezbollah is an arm of the Iranian Revolution. They are fighting to establish an extension of the Shi’a form of Iranian oppression over the people of Palestine to include the Jews and Christians of the area. They would impose the Iranian Revolutionary form of governance over the people of Palestine. Hamas, Fatah and the PLA would impose their form of governance which would be Sharia Law on all and sundry in the area. Freedom of Religion and Freedom of Expression and Speech would be on the same level as that of Iran and Saudi Arabia if these folks win. Yet, many consider these groups to be “Freedom Fighters.”
I would make the assumption that to be labeled a Freedom Fighter, one must be fighting for freedom. Freedom being defined as:
: the quality or state of being free: as a : the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action b : liberation from slavery or restraint or from the power of another : independence c : the quality or state of being exempt or released usually from something onerous
Being released from something onerous. The absence of coercion or constraint. I would say destroying a nation that allows free speech and freedom of religion in favor of imposing a Religious Ideology would not qualify as fighting for freedom. We may as well reach back into history and call Hitler or Napoleon Freedom Fighters.
Che Guevara was called a Freedom Fighter. Some went so far as to call Fidel Castro a Freedom Fighter. Simon Bolivar WAS a freedom fighter even though in the end he attempted to establish himself as an Imperial Ruler. He fought to liberate the people of South and Central American from the Colonial oppression of Spain and other European Powers such as Portugal and the Catholic Church. George Washington could be categorized as a Freedom Fighter. He fought for Independence. He was offered absolute power and turned it down in favor of freedom and liberty. The Haitians during the Presidential Administration of Woodrow Wilson could be labelled such without stretching the term.
Woodrow Wilson who championed Self Determination was absolutely not a fighter in the cause of freedom. He championed Freedom and Self determination but only so long as you were White, Anglo Saxon and, preferably, Protestant. Ho Chi Minh, regardless of where he wound up, began as a Freedom Fighter. When Uncle Ho approached Woodrow Wilson, he was in the fight against colonial oppression. He fought for the liberation of Indo-China from French, then Japanese and then, once again, French Colonial control. Once Uncle Ho became the power in North Vietnam, he was no longer a Freedom Fighter. Not because he was “the MAN,” but because he sought to enslave his fellow Vietnamese with the yoke of Communism.
I would posit that no person who fought for Communism could ever be labeled a Freedom Fighter. Communism is a form of coercion. It is a form of constraint. It is enslavement of mind, body and soul. One can not fight for freedom and simultaneously fight for the cause of Communism.
There are many confused folks out there who are wont to use the term Freedom Fighter when speaking of fighters in the cause of Allah. People fighting for the right to darken a land with the laws of Islam. Sharia Law. The imposition of Sharia law is the imposition of a set of laws that enslave mind, body and soul of whole peoples. The choice of religion is taken away. Nearly all choice is taken away in the lands of Sharia law. One must be Muslim or pay a tax for not being so. That’s no choice. One can not choose to leave Islam. The Sentence for leaving Islam is Death. Once one becomes a Muslim, to depart from the Umma is apostasy. Apostasy is a crime punishable by death. The plight of women in Islam is well known. It matters not if it is cultural or religious or a combination thereof. Women are chattel property in Islam. Women have no true rights. They must dress, act and think as the Patriarch demands. They must marry whom they are told to marry. They must act in accordance with the whims of men.
With this in mind, how can a Palestinian be called a Freedom Fighter. The man who fights for Palestine is fighting to impose Islamic Law over a people who may not want to have Sharia Law imposed on them. I’m sure the Christians of Palestine will not be content to live under Sharia law. The Jews of Palestine will not wish to live under Sharia law. Yet, this is the avowed goal. Palestinian Muslims wish to return Palestine to Islam. All of Palestine. The destruction of the Jewish State and the implementation of Islamic Law over all. Islam uber alles, so to speak.
The Maoists in Nepal and Tibet. Are these folks freedom fighters? I think not. They wish to impose Maoist Communism on the people of these two States. Having been successful in Tibet with the “assistance” of the Maoist Chinese, they fight on in Nepal by kidnapping tourists and holding them for ransom.
We, in the West, too often support a cause based on faulty perceptions. Someone labels a group Freedom Fighters. Suddenly and without thought, Westerners jump on the bandwagon. We should put a little thought into our support of these groups. What group would you support in Iran if you were to choose? There are secularists groups in Iran. Secular Socialists. Secular Communists. Secular Islamists. These are the Islamists themselves who are moderate Muslims and wish for Iran to have a Secular Government and Religion to be extracted from the political sphere.
Who would we support if it came down to it? I think our government would be fooled again.
Personally, I’d rather have Saddam Hussein and his Ba’athist Party in control of Iraq than the fools emplaced by Dick Cheney, Don Rumsfield and George Bush. Anyone who espouses religious control of the people is a murderer in waiting. Pat Robertson as Imperial Christian Leader of the Christian States of America would be no different than the Ayatollah Khomeinii. Of that, I have no doubt. He would tell us that GoD ordered that all non-believers, heretics, infidels should be put down and we’d have Americans who would understand and obey those orders. I could see an American Basijji being imposed on us as well under a Christian Administration with the power to do so. Chastity police roaming the streets of LA, New York, Miami and New Orleans.
With that in mind, Freedom Fighters need to maintain their vigilance right here in America. We need not imagine or find foes outside of our borders. We have enemies of freedom right here in America.
The Obama Administration is pushing hard to end internet freedom. That is, however, a bi-partisan issue. Members of both parties wish for this power. The same power held by Communist China. The power to shut down the internet on the mere suggestion of a threat to national security. Republicans are in on the scam to end internet freedom. They lie and say that they aren’t for it even as they were poised to vote for PIPA and the similar bills. Then the American People spoke out on the issue. The people of the United States who love their freedom spoke out and the people’s representatives, by some miracle, listened and acted accordingly. The Big Money of MGM, Sony, Virgin and the other Entertainment Moguls who would have stifled freedom in the name of profit were defeated. But! It’s only round One. They’ll come around again with their greed and demagoguery in the name of Profit and Greed.
Can America be considered to have fought for freedom over this past decade? We fought the Taliban in Afghanistan only to have a Sharia Constitution imposed on the people of Afghanistan. We destroyed the Ba’athist Regime of Saddam Hussein only to install a Constitution in Iraq that is based on Sharia Law. We installed a Government in Iraq via crooked elections that is full of infighting Thugs who are consolidating power into one or two people. I would be surprised by another Iraqi election. Afghanistan elected Hamid Karzai to continue his corrupt associations with Warlords and Muslim Thugs.
Was that “freedom fighting?” If it was freedom, it was short lived. It ended the moment that Religion took precedence over the will of the people.
All we did was throw out the dirty bath water and, then, jumped in the mud as we marveled over the immaculate mud around our ankles.
Was there ever a true instance of Freedom Fighters? I can not think of many instances in history wherein the people were truly fighting for universal freedom. The American Colonies fight against Britain? The Irish against Britain? Gandhi against Britain? Eastern European revolutions against the Soviet Union? The Arab Spring? All of these were marred by instances of people fighting for freedom while enslaving or oppressing others. The American Colonies fought to be liberated from the British Empire while enslaving millions and importing millions more from Africa to be enslaved.
How can Americans, then, have been called Freedom Fighters? We fought for White Male Liberty while simultaneously enslaving millions, committing genocide and denying equality to Women. Americans destroyed and oppressed whole tribes of peoples across the North American continent. Is that Freedom Fighting? We then warred on Mexico because we wanted to take their land. Freedom Fighters? We then stole Hawaii and warred with Spain to take control of Spanish Colonies. Freedom Fighting?
But all of those instances pale in comparison to the fools who called the Communists Freedom Fighters. There were people in America who supported Mao and Lenin and Stalin and Ho Chi Minh. There were probably some misguided fools who supported Pol Pot.
Mao was at times called a Freedom Fighter. Stalin’s minions were called Freedom Fighters in Greece, Italy, South America among other places. These men enslaved millions and slaughtered and starved millions more. Unfortunately, FDR and Churchill had us fighting alongside that murderous Thug Stalin in World War II. We fought Germany to free Eastern European nations from Fascist oppression only to leave them to Communist Enslavement behind the Iron Curtain. In World War II, we allied ourselves with Satan in order to fend off beezlebub.
Were the Soviets who fought Nazis Freedom Fighters? Were Nazis who fought the Soviets Freedom Fighters?
These labels that we place on people are idiotic. No label can nicely and roundly fit a whole group of people. It’s no different using the label “hero” for all Service Members who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. I can tell you for a fact that not all of them are heroes. A hero is someone who goes above and beyond duty. A hero is supposed to be someone extraordinary. A person who sits in an office on Camp Eggers or NKC for 12 months in Kabul, Afghanistan is no more extraordinary than a person who sits in an office in New York City for 12 months. I don’t care if they wear a uniform or a pair of cut off jeans short and a t-shirt.
Heroes. Freedom Fighters.
Is it all just nonsense? I often wonder. The plain fact is that if everyone is a hero, no one is a hero. Nothing is heroic. What do we call people who actually act in heroic manner? Uber-heroes?
If a freedom fighter can fight for Islamic Sharia or Communism or Slavery, then there is no such thing as Freedom. One can not freedom fight one’s way into universal bondage.