Listening with the Third Ear: Echoes from Ground Zero
The preemptive war in Iraq is over. Or is it? And the Bush doctrine has been vindicated. Or has it? The attacks of September 11, 2001, and the Bush government’s “war on terror” have both united and divided Americans. And as readers of this journal know,1 the doctrine of preemptive attack has even deepened splits within the dissenting left. It is not yet clear which criteria— which ethical, political, and legal languages and logics—will win control over the evaluation of the new intervention and its consequences. The token “coalition of the willing” notwithstanding, the widest split of all is the one that has opened up between the United States and the rest of the world.
KeywordsGround Zero Legal Language National Survival Mutual Security Wide Split
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