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  1. Casus Belli: Fear, rhetoric and securitization of the war in Iraq
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  2. Casus Belli: Fear, rhetoric and securitization of the war in Iraq

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Despite long-held claims that it is a peaceful nation, the United States has a long history of sending its sons to war. It has an equally long history of pointing to a transgression (either real or exaggerated) allegedly perpetrated against it, an ally, or seemingly ubiquitous “American interests” as sound and just reasons for doing so: the sinking of the USS Maine, the attack on Pearl Harbour, the invasion of South Korea by the North, the Gulf of Tonkin incident, the invasion of Kuwait and the attack of September 11, 2001 are some of the more prominent of such instances. (One may even go as far back as the attack by the British at Lexington and Concord, and the firing on Fort Sumter.)

However, when we turn to the war in Iraq (aka the Second Gulf War, Operation Iraqi Freedom or, simply, OIF) we may, in fact, be looking at the first-ever large-scale military intervention in U.S. history in which no transgression precipitated use-of-force. Indeed, the war may very well be the first in which the U.S. government via the administration of George W. Bush “talked” its way into a full-scale invasion; using such tools as fear, rhetoric and imagery as part of a sustained verbal campaign to convince its target “audiences” that a clear and present danger existed in Iraq under Saddam Hussein. (The War in Iraq, incidentally, also represents America’s first-ever full-scale preventative war.)

This book has a single aim: To consider the concept of securitization and apply it to the war in Iraq: What was said in the run-up to the invasion and by whom, was it said in the context of securitizing Iraq as a threat, and was it successful? (What Buzan, Wæver and de Wilde – aka the Copenhagen School - synthesize as “Who securitizes, on what issues, for whom, why, with what results and, not least, under what conditions.”


R. Glenn McGillivray
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R. Glenn McGillivray
R. Glenn McGillivray
R. Glenn McGillivray
R. Glenn McGillivray
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