I think not, Mr. Willams...
Brian Williams yesterday compared the Founding Fathers of The United States of America to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and said that the Founding Fathers could have been considered terrorists by the British Crown.
I beg to differ, sir.
The account of his remarks are found here (hat tip: LGF, Michelle Malkin, and FrankJ).
Let us dissect this ludicrous assertation.
Terrorists use fear and violence against the general populace to gain their goals. They attempt to intimidate the populace into effecting change within a government or group of people. Terrorists attack innocent people. Terrorists do not wear uniforms, fight under battle colors, march in rank and file, or maneuver on battlefields. Terrorists blend with the civilian population, hide behind innocent men, women, and children, and strike in marketplaces, neighborhoods and office buildings.
Our founding fathers rebelled against nearly tyrannical and opressive British rule. They formed standing armies, and citizen militias, and fought a war against a uniformed army, on fields of battle, not city streets.
In the American Revolution, the Founding Fathers did not attack the population to effect change. We fought battles against a standing, uniformed army in order to repel them from the shores of a new country and install freedom. In fact, it was the population that rose up to fight against the opressors. The new patriots that formed this country were not terrorists, they were fighting for freedom.
Some people characterize the terrorists here in Iraq as freedom fighters. Again, I beg to differ. My enemy does not fight for freedom... we have already given the Iraqi people their freedom. They fight, in my opinion, for power, driven by religious zealots and bigots, and fueled by hatred. America fought for freedom from tyrannical rule, taxation without representation, for personal property and the sanctity of home.
No, Mr. Williams, these men and their ideals are mutually exclusive of the terrorists of which we are embroiled in this conflict against, and for you to bring such parallels and equivocate the fight for freedom from tyranny to the fight against freedom for dictatorship and opression brings great discredit upon yourself and to our country. You are a mouthpiece for our country, as sad as that is, for the world gains its' knowledge of America through what it sees on the television and reads in the news. You have done your country a great disservice, and you should be ashamed of yourself.
Yours Truly... Ma Deuce Gunner