The War at Home: Identity Versus Values

  • Frank Louis Rusciano

Abstract

In the fall of 2003, I corresponded with a colleague in the United Kingdom about how the war with Iraq had hurt the United States’ image throughout the world. We discussed the dangers of isolating a superpower, and I paraphrased Bernard Lewis, saying that the world could ill afford an “American rage” brought about by threats to its citizens’ safety and identity. My friend’s response chilled me: “Aren’t we seeing that right now?” he asked.

Keywords

Europe American Identity Turkey Egypt Nigeria 

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  1. 2.
    See Frank Louis Rusciano, “Near and Distant Mirrors: International Media Perspectives on World Opinion after September 11, 2001,” in Framing Terrorism: The News Media, the Government, and the Public, ed. Pippa Norris, Montague Kern, and Marion Just (New York: Routledge, 2003), pp. 159–179.Google Scholar
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    See, for instance, Frank Louis Rusciano and Bosah Ebo, “National Consciousness, International Image, and the Construction of Identity,” in Rusciano, World Opinion and the Emerging International Order (Westport, CT: Praeger, 1998);Google Scholar
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    Benjamin R. Barber, Fear’s Empire: War, Terrorism, and Democracy (New York: W. W. Norton and Company, 2003), p. 62.Google Scholar
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    Pippa Norris and Ronald Inglehart, “Public Opinion among Muslims and the West,” in Framing Terrorism: The News Media, Government, and the Public, ed. Pippa Norris, Montague Kern, and Marion Just (New York: Routledge, 2003), pp. 203–228.Google Scholar
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    J. Ann Tickner, “Feminist Perspectives on 9/11,” International Studies Perspectives 3, no. 4 (November 2002): 333–350.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    Benjamin R. Barber, Fear’s Empire: War, Terrorism, and Democracy (New York: W. W. Norton and Company, 2003), p. 49. Garry Wills made a similar argument when describing Reagan’s appeal as president in Reagan’s America: Innocents at Home (New York: Penguin Books, 2000).Google Scholar
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    Sidney Verba and Gabriel Almond, The Civic Culture (Boston: Little, Brown, 1965).Google Scholar

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© Frank L. Rusciano 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  • Frank Louis Rusciano
    • 1
  1. 1.Rider UniversityUSA

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