Immediately after 9/11/01, President George W. Bush announced that the terrorist attacks were motivated by hatred of America’s freedom and values. “They hate our freedoms–our freedom of religion, our freedom of speech, our freedom to vote and assemble” (Address to a Joint Session of Congress and the American People, September 20, 2001).
Bush may have had a handle on why the terrorists hate us, but his method of defeating them couldn’t have been more flawed. In our campaign against Islamic terrorists, soon we began to play fast and loose with the Bill of Rights. We now have government agencies watching over us for our own protection. The KGB and Hitler’s SS both had the same benign beginnings.