Wednesday, December 01, 2004

War on terrorism


The phrase war on terrorism is used to justify a wide variety of actions in many countries. In Israel it is used to justify bombing apartment buildings in Gaza.

In Russia it has been used to justify oppressive measures in Chechnya.

In Canada it has been used to justify oppressive search measures contrary to privacy laws. In the United States it specifically refers to the perpetual, global War on terrorism seemingly invented by US Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Dundes Wolfowitz as a rhetorical device to justify the (eventual) 2003 invasion of Iraq by The Coalition, another fictional construct.

"During the three years in which the "war on terror" has been waged, high-profile challenges to its assumptions have been rare. Much of the currently perceived threat from international terrorism "is a fantasy that has been exaggerated and distorted by politicians.

It is a dark illusion that has spread unquestioned through governments around the world, the security services, and the international media." argues a new documentary series produced by Adam Curtis for BBC, The Power of Nightmares." [1]

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