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Holy War: Cowboys, Indians, and 9/11s Mark Cronlund Anderson

Holy War: Cowboys, Indians, and 9/11s

Mark Cronlund Anderson

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ISBN : 9781552666517
176 pages
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Following the events of September 11, 2001, then President George W. Bush doffed his cowboy hat and scuffed his boots in the dirt of his ranch as he addressed the citizens of the United States. This swagger was no accident. In donning the tropes of... MoreFollowing the events of September 11, 2001, then President George W. Bush doffed his cowboy hat and scuffed his boots in the dirt of his ranch as he addressed the citizens of the United States. This swagger was no accident. In donning the tropes of the cowboy, Bush evoked in the public imagination the foundational, nation-building story known as the frontier myth. The frontier myth, a creation story for a nation, is a story of war. The United States was born in war with the Indians and since then, has never stopped waging war. This perpetual war is no coincidence, argues Mark Cronlund Anderson, but should instead be understood as a pattern established at birth a pattern that the nation is compelled to symbolically reenact in the name of nation-building. Holy War contends that while 9/11 may have been a unique historical event, the narratives that describe and define that event remain far from unique. Through an examination of the media narratives surrounding the Mexican War, Custer s Last Stand, the Vietnam War and interventions in Nicaragua (with a few aliens and zombies tossed in for good measure), Holy War demonstrates that the response to 9/11 that God has decreed that we must wage a defensive war against the infidels, who are trying to destroy all that is civilized is as old as the United States itself.