Selling of American Empire
"The people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country." Hermann Goering
It was with disbelief and shock that people around the world saw footage of the terrorist attacks in the US on September 11, 2001 when the planes-turned-missiles slammed into the World Trade Center towers and damaged the Pentagon. The horrific terrorist attacks led to a mixture of political, social and economic reaction around the world. Hatred and anti-Islam sentiment increased, even though most of the Muslim communities around the world condemned this act. There was no question that there was going to be some response from the United States. It was obvious that they wanted to take revenge. However, the fear was in what form this revenge would be and how it would be carried out as well as what the impact on ordinary Afghans would be, who have already suffered at the hands of the Taliban and outside forces for years. The events of 9/11 resulted in the US declaring a “war on terror” on September 17, 2002. In response to that Michael Moore, a controversial filmmaker, has made Fahrenheit 9/11, a kind of attack on Bush and his administration for their handling of both the "war on terrorism" and the war in Iraq. Fahrenheit 9/11 starts with an investigation why George W. Bush won the presidency while it was apparent that it was Gore who should have won it. Michael Moore names the following key factors of Bush’s success: first of all, the man at Fox News, who proclaimed the winner that night, was Bush's first cousin, John Ellis; secondly, Bush’s brother is the governor Florida, the decisive state in the elections; thirdly, the chairman of his campaign is also the vote-count woman. Moreover, he had the support of his father’s friends on the Supreme...
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