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Unformatted text preview: own people who created this awful moment- it was them. It’s always them and not us. The phrases Clinton uses, such as “dark forces,” “forces of fear,” and “this terrible sin” create a feeling that there is something to be feared. The enemy is nameless and faceless- this makes him seem all the more frightening. So what the people of America do is label someone as an enemy. It feels so much better to have a target, someone else to blame. Yet Clinton’s speech never assigns this label; in fact it is very careful not to. Rather, it is the American people who make the assignments. The fear of outsiders coming in and wreaking havoc is a universal fear- it is easy to find your enemy. Although we now know the perpetrators were our own now, the stage has been set. When the American people need it to be, as they do now after 9/11, the enemy referred to in the speech is the terrorists....
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This note was uploaded on 10/20/2011 for the course SPANISH 231 taught by Professor Delgado during the Spring '09 term at Willamette.
- Spring '09