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Alternatives: Turkish Journal of International Relations, Vol.1, No.2, Summer 2002 28 Reinventing Imperialism in the Wake of September 11 Brett Bowden* The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 on New York and Washington D.C. are viewed by many as not only life changing but also world changing events. Like the landing of man on the Moon and the assassination of John F. Kennedy, those who are old enough to remember will doubtless be able to recall years from now precisely where they were and what they were doing when the news broke. And like other significant events that are thought to have altered the course of history, September 11 has become something of a reference point with people now speaking in terms of pre and post September 11. In fact, very little time had passed after the terrorist attacks before commentators paused to reflect and offer opinions on how the world had changed in the aftermath of the attacks. Post-September 11 high-rise architecture would be different to pre-September 11 high-rise architecture, likewise airline security and countless other affected arenas of concern. But the greatest speculation on how the world has changed has been reserved for the impact the terrorist attacks will have on the lives and daily routines of the general population. Western commentators in particular believe with conviction that, regardless of where one lives in this world, the events of September 11 will affect the manner in which a large percentage of the population goes about its daily business. While their might be some measure of truth in this assessment I am not entirely convinced, at least not for the reasons on offer.
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Alternatives: Turkish Journal of International Relations, Vol.1, No.2, Summer 2002 29 There is no doubt that for many people, many millions in fact, their immediate personal world’s have been altered significantly, perhaps even turned upside-down by the terror that was unleashed on September 11, no more so than for New Yorkers. And the same can now be said for the people of Afghanistan. I suspect, however, that for a good many of the world’s six billion plus people their daily lives have scarcely changed and remain all too familiar. That is, for the large percentage of people on this planet afflicted by poverty and want, who or are too busy just getting by to concern themselves too much with events that are unfolding literally a world away, the post-September 11 world very much resembles the pre-September 11 one. Rather, I want to suggest that what has changed for many of these people and places is how they and their homelands have been classified by the United States led Western world in the wake of its self- declared ‘war on terror’, or more appropriately, its ‘war on terrorism’. A world divided
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This note was uploaded on 02/01/2012 for the course POLS 494 taught by Professor Garymoncrief during the Fall '11 term at Boise State.

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