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dissenting voices are almost never heard. The ‘war on terrorism’ is currently one of a great many kinds of political discourses, and it is attempting – with considerable success – to become hegemonic over alternative discourses, such as pacifist, human rights based, feminist, environmentalist or anti-globalisation discourses. Importantly, discourses, particularly political

in Writing the war on terrorism
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Evil terrorists, good Americans
Richard Jackson

and rather unstable property (Townshend 2002 : 7). After all, just as German citizens worked in munitions factories during World War II, it is possible to argue that the civilian workers in the Pentagon could not strictly be considered ‘innocent’. Post-modernists and anti-globalisation critics have demonstrated that everyone is implicated to some degree in global structures of power and domination

in Writing the war on terrorism
Richard Jackson

that the attacks could be read as being connected to American foreign policy. The attackers are thus denied a voice and their reasons are deconstructed and replaced by other (more acceptable) reasons (see Lincoln 2002 : 27). The language implies that as the attacks were ‘totally irrelevant’ to the Middle East conflict, they must have been caused by hatred of democracy and freedom, anti-globalisation

in Writing the war on terrorism