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Reflections on religion, media and the marketing of America’s wars

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The international Christian community was celebrating World Communion Day on Sunday October 7, 2001, when the United States started bombing Afghanistan. The religious significance of this political event was not lost on many Americans – on the day when Christians throughout the world take communion in a symbolic act of unity and peace. Three years later, Americans are fighting two traditional wars and one non-traditional war. Clearly, the non-traditional war, the war against terrorism, is going badly - in part because the traditional wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have helped create conditions favourable to terrorism. Terrorists have skilfully created and exploited images in which Americans appear to engage in state-sanctioned terror.

Keywords: Saussure; US foreign policy; War-against-terrorism; religion

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: University of Houston

Publication date: February 1, 2005

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