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Judith Butler wrote Frames of War in response to the Iraq War (2003–11) and the Afghanistan War (2001–14) which were two conflicts in which the United States fought primarily Muslim and non-western combatants. Butler believes that the United States and other powers of the "West" use a powerful state-sponsored discourse to make certain combatants appear subhuman and thus ungrievable lives that do not have the same value as others.
Butler uses the term "frame" throughout the text to denote a specific way of looking at something in order to produce the desired result. Frames of War refers to the powerful ways that the state depicts human lives in a certain way to make them appear like something other than human lives in a strategy to perpetuate otherness and aggressive military action.
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