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By Alexander G. Nikolaev, E. Hakanen

A telling research of the pre-war media debate all over the world which set the level for the 2003 Iraq battle. by means of focusing on the pre-war assurance, this team of students engages in a extra open dialogue of the problems than could occur in the course of wartime, and uncovers the results for every country's place on overseas matters.

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14 Iraq’s connection to Al Qaeda appeared again on September 20 when administration officials publicly discussed the impact of striking Iraq in response to September 11. Assistant Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz argued at that time for a broad military response, which would have included Afghanistan, and “terrorist bases” in Iraq and Lebanon. Dick Cheney is described as having allied himself with Collin Powel when he said that the administration did not have evidence that linked Hussein with September 11.

I know, I know, but . . see if Saddam was involved. Just look. I want to know any shred . ” Zalmay Khalilzad, the chief National Security Council staffer on Afghanistan, agreed with Clarke’s assessment that only minimal anecdotal evidence linked Iraq to Al Qaeda. ”12 This conclusion did not deter the administration from making repeated references to links between 9/11 and Saddam Hussein’s regime. But what sort of references were made? Our central point is that official rhetoric concerning the war in Iraq employed frames that reinforced mental associations between Iraq and the 9/11 attacks.

Thus, those who opposed the war were automatically in a defensive position. Opponents of the war, wrote Wilmington News Journal reporter Cris Barrish, recognized that their views were not popular. “But they bristle at the suggestion they are disloyal Americans,”81 he wrote. Some chose to speak out, others kept their opinions to themselves. ”82 Many of those who opposed the protestors sided with the government, but showed their support not by attacking the protestors directly, but by 48 / ronald bishop playing the unity card.

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