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S. state. 37 Arrangements of order prescribe rules of reality comprehension and modalities of existence. Within such a milieu, security finds expression in governance. S. ASA, the war on terror, and the Bush Doctrine ignore the states system and international society and concomitantly create a universe wherein a correct interpretation of security is proffered while also retaining a nebulous quality as far as defining what a security threat is. There are no clear rules of formation; what the United States deems threatening and terrorist in nature is targeted for elimination.

President G. W. Bush emphatically declared, “They have declared war on us . . S. power in attempts to eradicate anything and everything that falls under the rubric of a polymorphous enemy. “Terror” is, therefore, signifier and signified, and it can be “found” in any form of (violent) resistance. Terrorism has historically been and continues to be a viable form of resistance by actors who are too weak to challenge a perceived threat or enemy. With 9/11, terrorism has apparently “changed,” in that the terrorists who committed the 9/11 attacks targeted the hegemon and brought their own deaths to bear in an effective, offensive manner, in the service of an intuitive strategic insight which is quite simply a sense of the immense fragility of the opponent—a sense that a [unipolar] system which has arrived at its quasiperfection can, by that very token, be ignited by the slightest spark.

40 Based on the event of 9/11, a global war of unprecedented scope was officially declared and initiated by the United States on a material as well as an ideational level. S. President G. W. Bush emphatically declared, “They have declared war on us . . S. power in attempts to eradicate anything and everything that falls under the rubric of a polymorphous enemy. “Terror” is, therefore, signifier and signified, and it can be “found” in any form of (violent) resistance. Terrorism has historically been and continues to be a viable form of resistance by actors who are too weak to challenge a perceived threat or enemy.

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