Opinion – The phrase “they hate us for our freedom,” has some inaccuracy.

One statement that was delivered by the [then] President George W. Bush to Congress days after September 11, 2001, stated the following

Our war on terror begins with Al Qaeda, but it does not end there.

It will not end until every terrorist group of global reach has been found, stopped and defeated.

Americans are asking “Why do they hate us?”

They hate what they see right here in this chamber: a democratically elected government. Their leaders are self-appointed. They hate our freedoms: our freedom of religion, our freedom of speech, our freedom to vote and assemble and disagree with each other.

They want to overthrow existing governments in many Muslim countries such as Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Jordan. They want to drive Israel out of the Middle East. They want to drive Christians and Jews out of vast regions of Asia and Africa.

These terrorists kill not merely to end lives, but to disrupt and end a way of life. With every atrocity, they hope that America grows fearful, retreating from the world and forsaking our friends. They stand against us because we stand in their way.

The source is the Washington Post September 20, 2001

Making it appear that they hate us for our freedom is simply a play on the nationalistic feelings of a people who have been inflated to believe they are the best, but cannot provide tangible evidence.

If we want to look at it another way, Americans hated the Natives for their freedoms. Freedom from debt. Freedom for pollution of the land and the rivers. Freedom from the concept of a job being required to live. Freedom to live as humans are supposed to live. Freedom to see the stars at night. Freedom to marvel at the Milky Way. Freedom from imprisonment.

Do not get me wrong, I know native life is not all milk and honey, but life is not milk and honey. Life is always hard, especially when you are not playing the game of domesticated humans.

As long as we place the shadowy specter of they, there is always an enemy. Always a boogieman. “Terrorists,” have replaced the native for the things that go bump in the night. Replaced what supposed superiority that man must feel against others and use as the basis of their own hatred.

It was the American who was a terrorist to the native way of life. The disease. The war. The ensuing poverty, alcoholism, and the death of cultures.