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On September 11th, 2001, the entire world, especially the United States, would be changed for a very long time when President George W. Bush declared, "We are at war. Somebody is going to pay." No one knew this would last this long. A dozen years down the road, we are still paying for this war. Bullets, misles, and weapons of all kinds are rendering pain on soldiers and men and women military personnel. Thousands and hundreds of thousands have paid the ultimate price - death. Children have been killed by road side bombs and some will never even have the chance to live, to smell the sunshine for the first time, or blink their eyes. Some soldiers have been physicaly destroyed and others mentally destroyed forever by PTSD and will pay for these wars as long as they are alive. The Veterans Administration, in a recent report, stated that 'drug and alcohol abuse is out of contro. Suicide among the troops is an epidemc. About 107,000 vetrerans are homeless on any given night. Mental illness pagues 45% of homeless vets and 70% suffer from some kind of substance abuse' (VA.gov). The terroism on September 11th is a scare similar to many throughout history - the scare known as moral panic. Moral panics begin when events occur that distrupt the lives of many Americans and cause a great amount of people to feel threatened by an internal enemy; an secret enemy or group hidden deep down in their society. Foreign terrorists that kill innocent people without feeling the slightest bit of guilt fit this description perfectly. In a short time, moral panics can easily lead to government abuse of power. According to the article we were asked to read, "How an Elite-Engineered Moral Panic Led to the U.S. War on Iraq," An examination of presidential... ... middle of paper ... ...hing to do with terrorism and in my own opinion is a huge waste of time and resorces - but we won't even get started on that. A second screw-up by the Bush Administration that must be noted in the deliberate ignorance of the Geneva Conventions which regarded the treatment of prisoners of war. The Bush Administration, in fact, is said to have condoned the use of torture. The article we were asked to read, concluded exactly what I have in my additional research. "The Bush administraion's rhetoric concerning Iraw became increasingly punitive and communitarian in tone after 9/11." The U.S. public's support for war mirror the rhetoric of Presidential policy. The way Bush shaped the policy favored the support of the American public and together with the help of the U.S. new media, "The Bush Administration engineered a moral panic over Iraw after 9/11" (Bonn, 2010).
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