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Notes 10-24-07 Overview 1. What is identity? 2. Identity is plastic/contingent 3. Identity is socially constructed 4. Terrorist identities 5. How do identities get constructed 6. Logistics 1. What is identity? Two illustrations of why identity is important 1. The Cuban Missile Crisis. Kennedy ran a 1/3 risk of nuclear war by being aggressive against the Soviet Union when the Soviets put missiles in Cuba. Why couldn't Kennedy just let it go? Because of American identity – the defender of the free world and the protector of peace, etc. THAT made it simply impossible for the U.S to do nothing. 2. What it took for President Bush to convince the country to find support against Iraq. It was only after the Iraqi identity became the terrorist identity was the war easy to sell to the American public. Think of identity of something that is common sense or natural. The operational code is a way to measure the identity of foreign leaders.
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