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We’re There Any Wars Truly Fought Over Freedom?

Can you name one war, besides the Revolutionary War, that was fought over freedom?

No idea is more fundamental to Americans’ sense of ourselves as individuals and as a nation than freedom. The term in our political vocabulary, freedom—or liberty, with which it is almost always used interchangeably—is deeply embedded in the record of our history and the language of everyday life.

The Declaration of Independence lists liberty among mankind’s inalienable rights; the Constitution announces securing liberty’s blessings as its purpose. Freedom has often been invoked to mobilize support for war: the United States fought the Civil War to bring about “a new birth of freedom,” World War II for the “Four Freedoms,” the Cold War to defend the “Free World.” The recently concluded war in Iraq was given the title “Operation Iraqi Freedom.” Americans’ love of freedom. Obviously, other peoples also cherish freedom, but the idea seems to occupy a more prominent place in the United States than in many other countries.

Despite, or perhaps because of, freedom has never been a fixed category or concept. Rather, it has been the subject of persistent conflict in American history. The history of American freedom is a tale of debates, disagreements, and struggles rather than a set of timeless categories or an evolutionary narrative toward a preordained goal. And the meaning of freedom has been constructed at all levels of society—not only in congressional debates and political treatises, but on plantations and picket lines, in parlors and even in bedrooms.

Founded on the premise that liberty is an entitlement of all mankind, the United States, from the outset, blatantly deprived many of its own people of freedom. Do you feel free?

So this brings us back to our initial question. Can you name one war that was fought over freedom?

Well… can you?

You need to understand that it is no such thing as a war being fought for “freedom” That is just a phrase that government gives to unite the country under the cloak of patriotism. Wars have always been fought over territory, trade or power . Back in the olden days, and there is a resurgence of it lately, wars were fought over religion. The war in Iraq , for example, is being fought for access to the middle eastern oil supply. It’s working rather well, I might add. We now have bases in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Iraq, and if we hadn’t got bogged down in Iraq, Iran would be next, and may still be next.

The government knows that the general population will believe any thing that they are told and by questioning their patriotism when they don’t, they can sway every one over to the war about “freedom”

However,simply put, there is no such thing as a war for “freedom”

Something to think about for sure.

Are you awake yet?

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