Thursday, July 28, 2005

The War on Terror Has Ended

The new phrase is "Struggle against extremists". No word on whether we've lost or won the war, but how you market it.

The linguistic shift has been brought on by circumstances. Increasingly, Americans oppose the war in Iraq, and do not believe the President when he insists the 2003 invasion was part of the "war on terror" that began on 11 September 2001.

In Iraq and Afghanistan, the US military most certainly is at war. But on the home front, the only visible manifestation is tightened security. It has become harder to convince the public that the country is indeed at war in the generally accepted sense.
Now that the war on terror is over, can we declare war on a different emotion? How about a war on fear, or a war on nightmares? I know, how about a war on lying about war?