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4th Sep '17 6:01:55 PM ElSquibbonator
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* As with ''Sesame Street'' (see above), ''WesternAnimation/Arthur'' did not address the War on Terror or the events of 9/11 directly. Instead, the episode "April 9th" used a fire at the characters' school as a metaphor for the tragedy.



While Iran is actually a separate issue -- Iranians aren't Arabs but Persians, they don't speak Arabic but Farsi, and they're Shias not Sunni -- they're lumped in these days because of two main reasons. One: the apparent threat, real or otherwise, of the regime in Tehran. Two: they're [[AmbiguouslyBrown brown]] and live in the same general direction (exactly between Afghanistan and Iraq, in fact): which is enough for certain startlingly poorly educated people in high positions to overlook the differences.

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While Strictly speaking, Iran is actually a separate issue from the true "war on terror" -- Iranians aren't Arabs but Persians, they don't speak Arabic but Farsi, and they're Shias not Sunni -- they're lumped in these days because of two main reasons. One: the apparent threat, real or otherwise, of the regime in Tehran. Two: they're [[AmbiguouslyBrown brown]] seen as AmbiguouslyBrown and live in the same general direction (exactly between Afghanistan and Iraq, in fact): which is enough for [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement certain startlingly poorly educated people people]] in high positions to overlook the differences.
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** The anti-Muslim and anti-Middle Easterner paranoia, especially in the early years, has been likened to the anti-Japanese paranoia of World War II, or [[RedScare anti-Communist paranoia]] afterward.

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** The anti-Muslim and anti-Middle Easterner paranoia, especially in the early years, years (and again in recent years), has been likened to the anti-Japanese paranoia of World War II, or [[RedScare anti-Communist paranoia]] afterward.
4th Sep '17 5:54:44 PM ElSquibbonator
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* As with ''Sesame Street'' (see above), ''WesternAnimation/Arthur'' did not address the War on Terror or the events of 9/11 directly. Instead, the episode "April 9th" used a fire at the characters' school as a metaphor for the tragedy.
19th Aug '17 8:48:46 PM Paireon
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Furthermore, some 300,000+ foreign civilians have died during the course of the war, though most of these were not killed by USA or NATO troops or fire-support (artillery bombardments and air-strikes) but rather in [[SuccessionCrisis the civil disorder which resulted after the Afghan and Iraqi regimes were toppled]]. The USA's handling of the situation in Iraq -which under UsefulNotes/SaddamHussein's right-wing dictatorship had been an old Cold-War Ally of the USA against Persia - was particularly poor by all accounts; the country essentially [[AnarchyIsChaos went totally ungoverned for several months]], and the delicate peace that had been maintained only by the brutality of Hussein's secular police state dissolved amidst violence[[note]] by rough factions opposed to each other on the basis of religious and ethnic differences[[/note]] that was not formal or organized enough to merit the term 'civil war'.

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Furthermore, some 300,000+ foreign civilians have died during the course of the war, though most of these were not killed by USA or NATO troops or fire-support (artillery bombardments and air-strikes) but rather in [[SuccessionCrisis the civil disorder which resulted after the Afghan and Iraqi regimes were toppled]]. The USA's handling of the situation in Iraq -which under UsefulNotes/SaddamHussein's right-wing dictatorship had been an old Cold-War Ally of the USA against Persia Iran - was particularly poor by all accounts; the country essentially [[AnarchyIsChaos went totally ungoverned for several months]], and the delicate peace that had been maintained only by the brutality of Hussein's secular police state dissolved amidst violence[[note]] by rough factions opposed to each other on the basis of religious and ethnic differences[[/note]] that was not formal or organized enough to merit the term 'civil war'.




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* ''Film/{{Traitor}}'' is an unflinching portrayal of how far both terrorists and counter-terrorists will go to achieve their ends, as FBI agents try to figure out the plans of Sudanese-born ArmsDealer-turned-terrorist Samir for another terror attack on US soil. [[BlackAndGreyMorality Nobody escapes with a clean conscience]] [[BlacAndBlackMorality by a longshot]].
9th Aug '17 8:09:59 AM JamesAustin
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-->-- From the Website for ''[[http://www.waronterrortheboardgame.com/ War on Terror: The Boardgame]]''.

The War On Terror is the current setting for a lot of PresentDay media, although how much it features in a given work of media varies considerably.

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-->-- From the Website website for ''[[http://www.waronterrortheboardgame.com/ War on Terror: The Boardgame]]''.

The War On on Terror is the current setting for a lot of PresentDay media, although how much it features in a given work of media varies considerably.



! Tropes from media set in this period:

* ActivistFundamentalistAntics
* AnonymousRinger
* {{Anvilicious}}
* AtomicHate
* CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkeys: This trope saw a resurgence in US media after France[[note]]Germany, New Zealand, Russia and China also voiced their doubts, but the trope was more often used where the French were concerned[[/note]] refused to send troops to Iraq, arguing that they needed to give diplomacy more time and that a war would just add to the instability in the Middle-East. That being said, the French did have no little experience with messy counter-insurgencies (see Algeria and Indochina) and have since been at least partially VindicatedByHistory.
* ChildSoldiers: Of the "just plain tragic" variety.
* TheFundamentalist

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! Tropes from appearing in media set in this period:

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* %%* AtomicHate
* CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkeys: This trope saw a resurgence in US media after France[[note]]Germany, France refused to send troops to Iraq,[[note]]Germany, New Zealand, Russia and China also voiced their doubts, but the trope was more often used where the French were concerned[[/note]] refused to send troops to Iraq, arguing that they needed to give diplomacy more time and that a war would just add to the instability in the Middle-East.Middle East. That being said, the French did have no little experience with messy counter-insurgencies (see Algeria and Indochina) and have since been at least partially VindicatedByHistory.
* ChildSoldiers: Of the "just plain tragic" variety.
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* MisaimedFandom: There is always a substantial misaimed HateDom who will interpret any popular or mainstream book or film about the War on Terror or U.S.-Middle east relations, no matter how critical it is of U.S. foreign policy, as pro-war propaganda. Conversely, there are those who will misinterpret critical satire of the war on terror and praise it for extolling the virtues of EagleLand.

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* MisaimedFandom: There is always a substantial misaimed HateDom {{Hatedom}} who will interpret any popular or mainstream book or film about the War on Terror or U.S.-Middle east relations, no matter how critical it is of U.S. foreign policy, as pro-war propaganda. Conversely, there are those who will misinterpret critical satire of the war on terror and praise it for extolling the virtues of EagleLand.{{Eagleland}}.



* NoWomansLand: Islamic nations.
* OurPresidentsAreDifferent

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* PyrrhicVictory
* {{Qurac}}

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* RippedFromTheHeadlines
* SuicideAttack

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* StrawmanPolitical

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* TooSoon

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* WithUsOrAgainstUs: Especially in the early years, criticism of how the War on Terror was being handled was viewed as "treasonous". And Muslim communities as a whole are pressured into openly denouncing terrorism or being seen as abetting/approving of it.

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* WithUsOrAgainstUs: Especially in the early years, criticism of how the War on Terror was being handled was viewed as "treasonous". And "treasonous", and Muslim communities as a whole are pressured into openly denouncing terrorism or being seen as abetting/approving of it.



* BigDamnHeroes: How the US military tends to be portrayed
* ChronicHeroSyndrome

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* BigDamnHeroes: How the US military tends to be portrayed
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* {{Eagleland}} Type 1

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* PatrioticFervor
* TheRealHeroes
* SemperFi
* TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized: Iraqi insurgents, Palestinians.

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* %%* PatrioticFervor
* %%* TheRealHeroes
* %%* SemperFi
* %%* TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized: Iraqi insurgents, Palestinians.



* ArmiesAreEvil
* BigBrotherIsWatching: The security measures of tin-pot tyrannies and the United States.
* ColdBloodedTorture
* CrapsackWorld
* DayOfTheJackboot: The United States.
* {{Eagleland}} Type 2
* GovernmentConspiracy: 9/11 conspiracy theorists are especially fond of this.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters
* HistoryRepeats: Allusions are made to Vietnam, most commonly, though CIA activities in South America or the First Gulf War are also popular.

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* %%* ArmiesAreEvil
* BigBrotherIsWatching: The security measures of tin-pot tyrannies and the United States.
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* DayOfTheJackboot: The United States.
* {{Eagleland}}
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GovernmentConspiracy: 9/11 conspiracy theorists are especially fond of this.
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Allusions are made to Vietnam, most commonly, though CIA activities in South America or the First Gulf War are also popular.



* NoBloodForPhlebotinum: "It's all about oil" is a common motif.
* PatrioticFervor: Of the "hates other countries" variety.
* {{Realpolitik}}

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* NoBloodForPhlebotinum: "It's That the war "is all about oil" is a common motif.
* %%* PatrioticFervor: Of the "hates other countries" variety.
* %%* {{Realpolitik}}



* TheRevolutionWillNotBeVilified: Iraqi insurgents, Palestinians.
* WarForFunAndProfit: See NoBloodForPhlebotinum above.
* YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters: Some use the trope, especially if ArmiesAreEvil is present.

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* %%* TheRevolutionWillNotBeVilified: Iraqi insurgents, Palestinians.
* WarForFunAndProfit: See NoBloodForPhlebotinum above.
* YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters: Some use the trope, especially if ArmiesAreEvil is present.
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%%* YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters
9th Aug '17 1:01:40 AM jormis29
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Quite a few TV and film examples, including a number of Afghan ones, the only one to break out so far is 2013's ''Lone Survivor'', which is notable for taking a highly patriotic view of war. ''Lions for Lambs'' went down badly with critics and the public alike, as well being criticized for the title being an apparent misquote of the UsefulNotes/WorldWarI expression "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lions_led_by_donkeys lions led by donkeys]]". ''Studio 60'' featured Tom's brother being kidnapped in Afghanistan in its closing five-parter, then ended in FairyTale style.

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Quite a few TV and film examples, including a number of Afghan ones, the only one to break out so far is 2013's ''Lone Survivor'', ''Film/LoneSurvivor'', which is notable for taking a highly patriotic view of war. ''Lions for Lambs'' ''Film/LionsForLambs'' went down badly with critics and the public alike, as well being criticized for the title being an apparent misquote of the UsefulNotes/WorldWarI expression "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lions_led_by_donkeys lions led by donkeys]]". ''Studio 60'' featured Tom's brother being kidnapped in Afghanistan in its closing five-parter, then ended in FairyTale style.
31st Jul '17 1:56:45 AM GojiBiscuits
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** There is also the infamous HarsherInHindsight example of the missing World Trade Center Towers in the New York skyline. [[SerendipityWritesThePlot The real reason for it was due to memory limitations. The developers justified it by saying it was due to a terrorist attack sometime before the game.]] ''The game was released in 2000.''

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** There is also the infamous HarsherInHindsight example of the missing World Trade Center Towers in the New York skyline. [[SerendipityWritesThePlot The real reason for it was due to memory limitations. The developers justified it by saying it was due to a terrorist attack sometime before the game.]] ]][[note]]This is most likely alluding to the World Trade Center Bombing of 1993.[[/note]] ''The game was released in 2000.''
2nd Jul '17 12:00:41 PM StarSword
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* In the ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' episode "[[Recap/FarscapeS04E13TerraFirma Terra Firma]]", Crichton's dad blames 9/11 for ruining the optimism he once felt about humanity and for why the world is so suspicious of Crichton's alien friends. (''Farscape'' premiered in March 1999, the episode aired in January 2003.)



* In ''Series/GoldenBoy'', Don Owen's ThatOneCase is a murder he was investigating the morning of 9/11 that went cold while NYPD was responding to the attacks. The last episode has a {{flashback}} to it: Owen is right under the path of Flight 175 as it heads for the South Tower.

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* In ''Series/GoldenBoy'', Don Owen's ThatOneCase is a murder he was investigating the morning of 9/11 that went cold while NYPD was responding to the attacks. The last episode has a {{flashback}} to it: Owen is right under the path of United Airlines Flight 175 as it heads for the South Tower.



* ''VideoGame/SpecOpsTheLine'' deals heavily with themes of American Interventionism in the Middle East and the lionization of the conflicts in that section of the world, alongside the effects it has had on the soldiers fighting it. [[spoiler: By the end it is a pretty damning condemnation of these types of themes, as nothing was saved, everyone dies or will die soon for nothing, and the main character went on a ProtagonistJourneyToVillain due to a self-agrandizing power fantasy that he fell into head over heels due to a need to be "the hero."]]

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* ''VideoGame/SpecOpsTheLine'' deals heavily with themes of American Interventionism in the Middle East and the lionization of the conflicts in that section of the world, alongside the effects it has had on the soldiers fighting it. [[spoiler: By the end it is a pretty damning condemnation of these types of themes, as nothing was saved, everyone dies or will die soon for nothing, and the main character went on a ProtagonistJourneyToVillain due to a self-agrandizing self-aggrandizing power fantasy that he fell into head over heels due to a need to be "the hero."]]



* A weird one: To present-day eyes, the ''ComicBook/XWingSeries'' novel ''Isard's Revenge'' (set immediately after ''Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy'') looks based on the first leg of the Iraq War, with a politically motivated invasion of a villainous but galactopolitically neutral nation by the protagonists, spurred on by fears of a bogus superweapon. [[LifeImitatesArt The novel was published in 1999.]]

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* A weird one: To present-day eyes, the ''ComicBook/XWingSeries'' novel ''Isard's Revenge'' (set immediately after ''Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy'') looks based on the first leg of the Iraq War, with a politically motivated[[note]]Rather than being motivated by neoconservative ideology, meant to serve as a warning to any Imperial Remnant warlords who might think of attacking the New Republic while it recovers from Grand Admiral Thrawn's invasion.[[/note]] invasion of a villainous but galactopolitically neutral nation by the protagonists, protagonists' nation, spurred on by fears of a bogus superweapon. [[LifeImitatesArt The novel was published in 1999.]]



* The ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' series, debuting a few months after 9/11, has ScaryDogmaticAliens who are religious extremists going to war with the UNSC (humanity's united military, modeled after the United States Marines), though this aspect of the plot had already been shown in previews for [[VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved the first game]] ''before'' 9/11 happened. It was subtle in the first game, but was more obvious in ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}'', where the War was on the developers' minds more; the aliens' religious motivation ceased to be an InformedAttribute. The allegory, if it was ever intentional, [[{{Metaphorgotten}} sort of falls apart]] when [[OurZombiesAreDifferent the Flood shows up]].
* The UNSC were also in a revolution by "The Insurrection," which had turned to terrorism to fight for freedom. However, in many ways this is more reminiscent of UsefulNotes/TheTroubles than any more recent conflict.
** However the developers have also said that Literature/TheCulture was an influence. Seeing as how that series had ScaryDogmaticAliens in the first book it might just be coincidental.

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* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'':
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The ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' series, debuting a few months after 9/11, has ScaryDogmaticAliens who are religious extremists going to war with the UNSC (humanity's united military, modeled after the United States Marines), though this aspect of the plot had already been shown in previews for [[VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved the first game]] ''before'' 9/11 happened. It was subtle in the first game, but was more obvious in ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}'', where the War was on the developers' minds more; the aliens' religious motivation ceased to be an InformedAttribute. The allegory, if it was ever intentional, [[{{Metaphorgotten}} sort of falls apart]] when [[OurZombiesAreDifferent the Flood shows up]].
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The UNSC were also in a revolution by "The Insurrection," which had turned to terrorism to fight for freedom. However, in many ways this is more reminiscent of UsefulNotes/TheTroubles than any more recent conflict.
** However the developers have also said that Literature/TheCulture was an influence. Seeing as how that series had ScaryDogmaticAliens in the first book it might just be coincidental.
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1st Jul '17 11:52:44 AM StarSword
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* The second stanza of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4XTi1soIAo "Sith Lords"]] by Raleigh, NC {{nerdcore}} outfit Music/SithClan references Darth Kaedus having served in Afghanistan.
23rd Jun '17 7:13:53 PM StarSword
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* ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'': While it doesn't mention 9/11 directly, ''Enterprise'' was the most blatantly American (or at least Anglo) centric Trek series in existence. This was particularly noticeable because of how relatively multi-ethnic Star Trek had always been in the past. The show was more strongly militaristic in focus even than ''Voyager'', as well. Iraq, etc. don't get mentioned because it's the future, and in an AlternateTimeline these events never even happened in the TrekVerse (as the Eugenics Wars and WorldWarIII would happen), but we do have a whole-season arc where villains from afar hit much of Florida with a KillSat and the Enterprise must go out to kick their butts before they finish their full-on Death Star; this is sometimes seen by fans as the setting being hit with 9/11 [[-[[RecycledInSpace IN SPACE!]]-]] and the Enterprise going out to hunt down Xindi Osama bin Laden. Hard to say if they ''meant'' it that way; a DoomedHometown being the start of TheQuest is [[TheOldestOnesInTheBook not exactly something invented yesterday]]. ([[HarsherInHindsight Interestingly]], the villains of the first two seasons, the Suliban, ''are'' named after the Taliban, but the writers had just liked the sound of the word; they had no idea that early in the show's run, "Taliban" would become a household name.)

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* ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'': While it doesn't mention 9/11 directly, ''Enterprise'' was the most blatantly American (or at least Anglo) centric Trek series in existence. This was particularly noticeable because of how relatively multi-ethnic Star Trek had always been in the past. The show was more strongly militaristic in focus even than ''Voyager'', as well. Iraq, etc. don't get mentioned because it's the future, and in an AlternateTimeline these events never even happened in the TrekVerse (as the Eugenics Wars and WorldWarIII would happen), but we do have a whole-season arc where villains from afar hit much of Florida with a KillSat and the Enterprise must go out to kick their butts before they finish their full-on Death Star; this is sometimes seen by fans as the setting being hit with 9/11 [[-[[RecycledInSpace IN SPACE!]]-]] and the Enterprise going out to hunt down Xindi Osama bin Laden. Hard to say if they ''meant'' it that way; a DoomedHometown being the start of TheQuest is [[TheOldestOnesInTheBook not exactly something invented yesterday]]. ([[HarsherInHindsight Interestingly]], the villains of the first two seasons, the Suliban, ''are'' named after the Taliban, but the writers had just liked the sound of the word; they had no idea that early in the show's run, "Taliban" would become a household name.)


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* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' deserves a mention. Though it was written and aired in the 1990s, it dealt with many issues that would [[ValuesResonance suddenly become very relevant]] in the post-9/11 era. The relationship between the Bajorans and Cardassians, for example, was based more on the Nazi occupation of Europe in World War II, but episodes dealt with the relative merits of terrorism, and Bajoran religious beliefs were used to parallel real-world religious extremism. The "Homefront"/"Paradise Lost" two-parter dealt directly with a security state ramping up in response to terrorist attacks and the dangers of becoming so worried about outside threats that you compromise your own freedom and turn on your neighbors.
15th Jun '17 6:07:46 PM portaljumper339
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* ''VideoGame/SpecOpsTheLine'' deals heavily with themes of American Interventionism in the Middle East and the lionization of the conflicts in that section of the world, alongside the effects it has had on the soldiers fighting it. [[spoiler: By the end it is a pretty damning condemnation of these types of themes, as nothing was saved, everyone dies or will die soon for nothing, and the main character went on a ProtagonistJourneyToVillain due to a self-agrandizing power fantasy that he fell into head over heels due to a need to be "the hero."]]
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