According to some of the
United States news outlets,
such as Fox News, they claims that the Muslim world hates
America because of its love
for democracy and freedom, and also because
America is prepared to
liberate any people that needs freedom. Bill O’Reilly of Fox
News claims too often that the Arab world is envious and jealous of the American
way of life that is based on the freedom that they do not want for their people.
They have also justified the invasion and occupation of
Iraq as a liberation
attempt to free the Iraqi people from Saddam and introduce the American form of
democracy for other nations.
The essential questions are:
What is freedom? Who are liberators? And
who had the power to define the previous two questions?
According to the Webster dictionary, it defines freedom as independence,
release, frankness, privilege, ease, unrestricted, and exemption.
The same dictionary defines a liberator as one who frees from bondage,
and to raise others to equal rights and status. These words
sound like words that should be embraced and appreciated by anyone in need of
liberation. As far as I am concerned, the liberated or the
oppressed should have the power to define who his/her liberator is and what
his/her freedom should be.
It is obvious to many that
the Muslim world, no matter how different, has chosen Islam as its official
religion and wants to live a life with little or no European or popular
Christian influence. By creating and defending
Israel without their
permission on Arab soil or removing Saddam forcefully is no sign of freedom but
of aggression. Even if Saddam was a bad leader, was he the
worst in the world? Were they no other nations that were a
bigger treat to the world and American peace like
Even after removing Saddam and killing his children, what is
America still doing there
awarding contracts for social reconstructions that people do not see or American
contactors can not account for? Is
America the only country
in the world that has democratic freedom the European and Christian way?
Are they not part of the permanent members of the United Nations that
also have freedom? Maybe what
America calls freedom in
regards to other nations is actually a form of oppression and colonization that
the Arabs or any other people want to be free from.
In term of liberators, the
best way to know them is to see how the oppressed who needs liberation reacted
to the presence of the supposed liberator. A liberators as
earlier defined ultimately brings ease, equality, and frankness to the oppressed
and usually there is always an appreciation from the oppressed to their
liberators. Since the beginning of American liberation of
Iraq, the American
military has killed more oppressed Iraqis in three years than Saddam could ever
do. The oppressed Iraqis have killed more American soldiers
now than before Saddam was captured. In fact, they have
killed over 2,500 American liberator soldiers. I though they
wanted to free the Iraqis from Saddam. Now, the American
Generals of the liberators are admitting for the first time that
Iraq is at the beginning
of a civil war. Do you call this ease and equality?
Did the Iraqi nation not have more ease than this under Saddam?
You liberate people to make life better for them and not to create
anarchy. Oppressed people do
not kill their liberators;
they enhance their liberators and even die with them.
Look at the case of small Hezbollah in
Hezbollah is a small group that came together to chase
Israel out of
Lebanon in 2000. Israel
did claim that it withdrew, but the truth was that they had no choice.
The Lebanese people did not only die along side with Hezbollah, they also
elected them in their recent elections to make up 23 out of their 28 seats in
government. The Lebanese people transformed them from
street fighters to their political leaders. This is an
ultimate sign of respect and gratitude given to liberators by the liberated.
Israel throws directed and
targeted bombs at Hezbollah hideouts, the Lebanese civilians are killed as well
because they refuse to take Israeli warnings to leave their cities and betray
The Political & Spiritual Purpose of the
If American leaders can truly
understand what the word freedom and liberators mean and live by them while
making their foreign and international policies, maybe we will not have many
people hating us. Maybe we will not have to lie to the
American public about weapons of mass destruction that did not exist in an
attempt to go liberate an
Iraq that never asked for
our presence on their land. Maybe if we learn to be frank
and advocate for fairness, we would not publicly say that we want
Israel to destroy
Hezbollah first before we allow a cease-fire. What is the
purpose of a cease-fire when one side is destroyed? Who
should we liberate? Should we liberate
Israel that has an army
and nuclear weapons, or Hezbollah that has not even a uniform but is fighting
for its land.