Talk:Freedom fighter

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Freedom fighters are irregular armed forces that fight against the regular armed forces of an occupying power. Where did you get that definition? Because I can't find one that is that specific anywhere. JamesK 08:50, 14 March 2007 (EDT)

British and American troops come under attack every day in Iraq. By this definition they are being attacked by freedom fighters. I think a better definition is needed.--British_cons (talk) 04:20, 20 March 2007 (EDT)
I think that the problem is in the term, not in the definition. It is very much a term whose definition is specific to the speaker. When you agree with the cause, then the people are "freedom fighters", when you do not, then they are "insurgents" at best, or "terrorists" at worst. Bin Laden is an excellent example. When we trained him and subsidised him to fight against the Soviets in Afghanistan, he was a freedom fighter; now that he opposes us, he is a terrorist. His religion and politics have not changed, his usefulness to the US has. Boomcoach 12:26, 13 April 2007 (EDT)
IOW, a freedom fighter is a propaganda term fo a belligerent. RobS 13:09, 13 April 2007 (EDT)