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By Priscilla Walton, Bruce Tucker

The bombing of the dual Towers in long island on September eleven, 2001, marked an immense turning element in smooth American tradition. Authors Bruce Tucker and Priscilla L. Walton learn serious moments within the aftermath of Sept. 11 arguing that commentators deserted complexity, looking to decrease occasions to their easiest signification.

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In Zerbesias). ” It is not surprising (if disappointing), therefore, that eBay offers “America loves Jessica Lynch fridge magnets,” but no “America Loves Shoshana Johnson” nor “America Loves Lori Piestewa” paraphernalia. Unofficial stories The Lynch story quickly became the subject of more critical scrutiny, and perhaps the most powerful of these came from the BBC. On May 25, 2003, a documentary by BBC reporter John Kampfner, entitled “War Spin: The Jessica Lynch Story,” was broadcast on 30 American Culture Transformed the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s The Passionate Eye series.

To look more closely at this philosophical turn of events, we turn to Habermas, who has also spoken to the tragedy (in Philosophy in a Time of Terror, a text compiled from interviews by Giovanna Borradori with Habermas and Derrida, held shortly after 9/11), and whose position provides a basis for examining these new wars over the Real. For Habermas it was a distortion in communication that led to the violence of 9/11. As he sees it, this distortion moved from “misunderstanding and incomprehension, from insincerity and deception” to the generation of a “spiral of violence” (Borradori 35).

The film represents the view that sexism and misogyny have existed in the military, even to the point of the corruption of highly placed officers, but that the military is capable of managing its own rehabilitation. The General’s Daughter, released before the Iraq War, highlights the problems women face in the military, a situation that news coverage of female enlisteds’ abuse confirms. A study commissioned by the Pentagon in 1996, for example, indicated that more than 50 percent of the women surveyed said that they had suffered sexual harassment during their time in the military (Nantais and Lee).

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