Yesterday g w bush said:
So their answer is to deny people this choice by raging against the forces of freedom and moderation. This struggle has been called a clash of civilizations. In truth, it is a struggle for civilization. We are fighting to maintain the way of life enjoyed by free nations. And we’re fighting for the possibility that good and decent people across the Middle East can raise up societies based on freedom and tolerance and personal dignity.
We are now in the early hours of this struggle between tyranny and freedom.
He is so right and so wrong.
Yes, we are in the early hours of the fight for freedom and liberty, the early hours of the struggle for civilization.
It is not, though, a fight between the United States and al Quaeda or the United States and some phantom called Islamofascism or the United States and the concept of terrorism.
It is a fight between people throughout the world and those individuals or groups who would use force to achieve their ends. These latter, be they street corner thugs or state actors are our enemy.
This war will not be over until suicide bombers are a distant memory.
It will not be over until large standing armies are a distant memory.
It will not be over until people throughout the world can voluntarily exchange goods and services without interference.
It will not be over until people throughout the world can voluntarily choose their relationships.
It will not be over until, well, this list can be much longer but that will be for a manifesto.
May it be over soon.