Under the Banner of the "War on Terror"
From the Nation, 2004: When United States President George W. Bush called U.S. citizens to enlist in his "war on terror," very few citizens could have grasped the all-encompassing consequences of the proposition. It overwhelmed the country, in fact deranged society's normal processes and purposes with a brilliantly seductive political message: Terror pre-empts everything else. What this President effectively accomplished was to restart the cold war, albeit under a new rubric. The justifying facts are different and smaller, but the ideological dynamics are remarkably similar--a total commitment of the nation's energies to confront a vast, unseen and malignant adversary.