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The “War on Terror” NarrativeDiscourse and Intertextuality in the Construction and Contestation of Sociopolitical Reality$
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Adam Hodges

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199759590

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199759590.001.0001

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The Construction of Al Qaeda and Iraq as Linked Antagonists

The Construction of Al Qaeda and Iraq as Linked Antagonists

(p.64) 4 The Construction of Al Qaeda and Iraq as Linked Antagonists
The “War on Terror” Narrative

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Central to any narrative are the principal characters, and this chapter uses data from presidential speeches to illustrate the way two disparate enemies of the United States—Iraq and Al Qaeda—are discursively positioned as interchangeable adversaries in the ‘war on terror.’ The positioning of these otherwise disparate entities into the same moral and political category is a discursive achievement that allows the war in Iraq to be but a ‘battle’ in the broader ‘war on terror.’ It also establishes a powerful understanding about the nation’s enemy and the role of the United States in Iraq. These aspects find their way into subsequent recontextualizations explored in the remaining chapters.

Keywords:   Al Qaeda, battle of Iraq, enemy, war on terror

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