George W. Bush 's The War On Terror

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On the 9th November 2001, George W. Bush declared the War on Terror a response to the terrorist act on 11 September 2001. However, the response was not only based on the breach of national security that endangered the lives of Americans. If it had been, his response would have been purely targeted at ‘terrorists’ and not the abstract concept of ‘terror’ that engages with a wider pool of people (that we will later see to be affiliated with the Orient/Other). Orientalism, according to Said, is ‘the corporate institution for dealing with the Orient – dealing with it by making statements about it, authorizing views of it, describing it, by teaching it, settling it, ruling over it: in short, orientalism as a Western style for dominating, restructuring, and having authority over the Orient’. The orientalist nature of the is evident in the domestic and foreign policies implemented by the US post 9.11 including the Iraq War and the establishment of Guantanamo bay. Bush’s speech was not only a War on Terror but a policy that pursued ambitions of US dominance and power over the ‘inferior east’ justified by Western principles values such as freedom. The orientalist justifications for the War on Terror is precisely what this essay will critically engage in, specifically engaging with the significance of gendered orientalism as a justification for the war in Iraq which depicted women as helpless and in need of saving by a strong liberal state such as the US. This essay will discuss…

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