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The Rhetoric of TerrorReflections on 9/11 and the War on Terror$
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Marc Redfield

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780823231232

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823231232.001.0001

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6. Toward Perpetual Peace
The Rhetoric of Terror

Marc Redfield

Fordham University Press

Many aspects like romanticism, human rights, revolution, and sovereignty declared a war on terror that we inherit as part of modernity. This inheritance is an uncertain one because we will never predict the future and the certainty of this declaration's locutionary shape and illocutionary is out of reach. And this declaration conveys absolute war, for it could only be performed by the executive officer of a superpower in an era of geopolitical strategizing and global communication. The declaration on of war on terror may thus be taken not just as one aspect of the never-tightening regime of modern technics but as the very motto of techno-metaphysical domination. The war on terror, like everything else, is forgettable and it is not so less for having marshaled the language of absolute.

Keywords:   terror, superpower, absolute, war on terror, declaration, global communication

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