At first, the enemy was Saddam. ITV still calls it the ‘War on Saddam’. No doubt the government was happy to see them making the distinction they have sought to make in their propaganda.
But of course, as war advances, and success recedes, we must find ourselves new enemies, new parties to demonise and blame.
And the process has begun.
“Early last week generals stopped using the word Fedayeen, which means “someone willing to sacrifice”, and began calling them “irregulars”. Now they describe them as “terrorist death squads” and stress the “terrorist-like” tactics they use.” — Guardian Unlimited | Special reports | Captured Iraqi militia fighters may be sent to Guantanamo Bay
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