The function of narrative in the ‘war on terror’
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The function of the narratives of Ancient Greece is to give a meaningful structure to the world in which we live, act and feel. Amnesty has rightly described the 'war on terror' as a war on human rights. It is also a contest of narratives: stories that the protagonists tell about themselves, about their enemies, and about what is happening now. More than any other story in the world today, the Israeli narrative is under challenge. The Israeli and American narratives already shared a quality of youthfulness, an idea of a homeland haven, a democracy, a land of opportunity and individual rights, a laboratory and launch pad for self-invention. Narrative strategies include attempts to change the interpretation of the law, to introduce new laws and generally to adopt practices that have such far-reaching effects that they in essence alter the nature of the state.

‘War on terror’

The Oxford Amnesty Lectures 2006

Editor: Chris Miller


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