History Main / TheWarOnTerror

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."]]
13th Jun '17 9:53:07 PM nombretomado
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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 WorldWarOne 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'', 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 WorldWarOne 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.



A good past example that may serve as a guide for the future (due to general perception, accurate or not, on the Iraq War) is UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar. It took four years after the fall of Saigon for the first widely-known (''Go Tell The Spartans'' isn't that well known) period and area set film to come out and that, ''Apocalypse Now'', is also ''Heart of Darkness'' in Vietnam. ''Full Metal Jacket'' wasn't until 1986. On the other hand, during previous American conflicts films were produced expressing a pro-war position (if not quite actual propaganda). During WorldWarTwo Hollywood was essentially co-opted by the US war department to produce pro-war films and cartoons (although every country did the same thing, except, ironically, Germany, which mainly produced period films). During the Vietnam War films in support of the war like ''The Green Berets'' (with John Wayne) were made, and the vast majority of 80s action films were supportive of the Reagan administration's foreign policy. In contrast, the War on Terror hasn't produced many films or TV shows that expressly support it (with the possible exception of a PostNineElevenTerrorismMovie or two).

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A good past example that may serve as a guide for the future (due to general perception, accurate or not, on the Iraq War) is UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar. It took four years after the fall of Saigon for the first widely-known (''Go Tell The Spartans'' isn't that well known) period and area set film to come out and that, ''Apocalypse Now'', is also ''Heart of Darkness'' in Vietnam. ''Full Metal Jacket'' wasn't until 1986. On the other hand, during previous American conflicts films were produced expressing a pro-war position (if not quite actual propaganda). During WorldWarTwo UsefulNotes/WorldWarII Hollywood was essentially co-opted by the US war department to produce pro-war films and cartoons (although every country did the same thing, except, ironically, Germany, which mainly produced period films). During the Vietnam War films in support of the war like ''The Green Berets'' (with John Wayne) were made, and the vast majority of 80s action films were supportive of the Reagan administration's foreign policy. In contrast, the War on Terror hasn't produced many films or TV shows that expressly support it (with the possible exception of a PostNineElevenTerrorismMovie or two).
5th Jun '17 2:43:08 PM mariofan1000
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* ''Film/InTheLoop'' is a satirical comedy film about the build up to the Iraq war, and the shady politics behind it. Curiously, it's never actually mentioned by name.
4th Jun '17 10:55:35 AM StarSword
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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 Flight 175 as it heads for the South Tower.



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* Music/{{Sabaton}}'s [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdAzXbGE2Xk "In the Name of God"]] is a general TakeThat to religiously motivated terrorism.




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* Music/{{Sabaton}}'s [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ayjVxUC2qDE "Panzer Battalion"]], [[NonIndicativeName despite the name]], is about the US invasion of Iraq (the "panzers" are American M1 Abrams tanks).



* The cinematic reboot of ''Film/StarTrek'', where the Romulans were downgraded from Romans IN SPACE to swarthy, sword-bearing savages in dusty clothing. Although many would argue otherwise, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out which particular historical event the destruction of Vulcan might possibly be alluding to.

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* ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
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The cinematic reboot of ''Film/StarTrek'', where the Romulans were downgraded from Romans IN SPACE to swarthy, sword-bearing savages in dusty clothing. Although many would argue otherwise, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out which particular historical event the destruction of Vulcan might possibly be alluding to.


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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 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.]]
* ''[[Literature/AngelInTheWhirlwind The Oncoming Storm]]'' by Christopher Nuttall seemingly has the Occupation of Cadiz as a counterpart to the Iraq War. The [[TheKingdom Commonwealth of Tyre]] annexed the Cadiz system for geopolitical reasons (it's unimportant but strategically located in the face of a coming confrontation with the {{Theocracy}}). At present the occupation is a clusterfuck of corporate interests, under-equipped troops, HeadInTheSandManagement, and [[LaResistance a bloody insurgency]].
27th May '17 12:37:09 PM nombretomado
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Iraq's civil disorder took a turn for the worse in 2013-14, however, and became a full-blown Civil War between the Shiite south and the Sunni north, where the latter rebelled against the Shiite-dominated government put into place by the US occupation. The north also merged after a fashion with eastern Syria, also embroiled in its own Civil War. With the USA and a few choice allies broadly supporting the anti-Government forces in the Syrian Civil War and the (southern) Iraqi Government in the Iraqi Civil War with weapons and air-strikes, [[UsefulNotes/PoliticalIdeologies anti-humanist and anti-secular]] Shiite and Sunni (e.g. 'ISIS'[[note]] An English-language acronym, Islamic State of Iraq and Syria [[/note]]) groups running northern Iraq and eastern Syria, the Iraqi front seems to have continued after all - much as [[TheVietnamWar the US continued to fund and arm South Vietnam and use air-strikes on North Vietnamese cities and military forces even after her withdrawal of combat-troops]]. It remains to be seen whether the USA will make peace with her enemies in Iraq and accept the possibility that they will win their war and found a state that will attempt to kill their citizens (as in Vietnam), or whether The Levant will become another Latin America for the USA à la [[UsefulNotes/HistoryOfTheColdWar her constant Cold War anti-communist interventions]].

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Iraq's civil disorder took a turn for the worse in 2013-14, however, and became a full-blown Civil War between the Shiite south and the Sunni north, where the latter rebelled against the Shiite-dominated government put into place by the US occupation. The north also merged after a fashion with eastern Syria, also embroiled in its own Civil War. With the USA and a few choice allies broadly supporting the anti-Government forces in the Syrian Civil War and the (southern) Iraqi Government in the Iraqi Civil War with weapons and air-strikes, [[UsefulNotes/PoliticalIdeologies anti-humanist and anti-secular]] Shiite and Sunni (e.g. 'ISIS'[[note]] An English-language acronym, Islamic State of Iraq and Syria [[/note]]) groups running northern Iraq and eastern Syria, the Iraqi front seems to have continued after all - much as [[TheVietnamWar [[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar the US continued to fund and arm South Vietnam and use air-strikes on North Vietnamese cities and military forces even after her withdrawal of combat-troops]]. It remains to be seen whether the USA will make peace with her enemies in Iraq and accept the possibility that they will win their war and found a state that will attempt to kill their citizens (as in Vietnam), or whether The Levant will become another Latin America for the USA à la [[UsefulNotes/HistoryOfTheColdWar her constant Cold War anti-communist interventions]].
15th May '17 8:19:34 PM Reimen
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14th May '17 8:58:42 PM tyrekecorrea
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* ''Series/PowerRangersWildForce'', which began principal photography a few months after 9/11, uses the slogan "united we roar". It's a fairly likely reference to the slogan "united we stand", which became a popular symbol of solidarity after the attacks.



* ''Series/PowerRangersWildForce'', which began principal photography a few months after 9/11, uses the slogan "united we roar". It's a fairly likely reference to the slogan "united we stand", which became a popular symbol of solidarity after the attacks.

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* ''Series/PowerRangersWildForce'', which began principal photography a few months after 9/11, uses the slogan "united we roar". It's a fairly likely reference to the slogan "united we stand", which became a popular symbol of solidarity after the attacks.
9th Mar '17 9:04:21 PM Kadorhal
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* ''Series/TwentyFour'' is usually cited when people use the term "terror TV" and Islamist terrorists feature in six of the eight seasons thus, while the third season has a BigBad annoyed over US foreign policy. However, the first season was conceived pre-9/11 and has the Kosovo War as its {{backstory}} (the S3 big bad is partly motivated by the fact he was left to be captured there). Season 2's second part involving "three Middle Eastern countries" now appears to be a rather heavy-handed, slightly inaccurate, but pretty prescient metaphor on what was then the approaching Iraq War. (The BombersOnTheScreen use is great, though)
* ''The Grid'' was a Main/MiniSeries on an Islamist plot to explode a gas tanker near Chicago.

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* ''Series/TwentyFour'' is usually cited when people use the term "terror TV" and Islamist terrorists feature in six of the eight seasons thus, while the third season has a BigBad annoyed over US foreign policy. However, the first season was conceived pre-9/11 and has the Kosovo War as its {{backstory}} (the S3 big bad is partly motivated by the fact he was left to be captured there). Season 2's second part involving "three Middle Eastern countries" now appears to be a rather heavy-handed, slightly inaccurate, but pretty prescient metaphor on what was then the approaching Iraq War. (The War (the BombersOnTheScreen use is great, though)
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* ''The Grid'' was a Main/MiniSeries MiniSeries on an Islamist plot to explode a gas tanker near Chicago.



* ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerGenerals'' is a three-way war involving the USA (after a SCUD missile was shot down over the Atlantic), the rebel-manipulating GLA and an expansionist China.
* The ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare'' series, though it is careful enough to mask everything with fictional names, add [[strike:USSR]]Pamyat... uh, Russian ultranationalists into the equation and [[BatmanGambit making things not quite what they seem]] in ''Modern Warfare 2''.

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* ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerGenerals'' is a three-way war involving the USA (after a SCUD missile was shot down over the Atlantic), the rebel-manipulating GLA and an expansionist China.
China. What's interesting is that the real war was still more or less only on-paper when the game came out.
* The ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare'' series, ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty 4: VideoGame/ModernWarfare'' is more or less a fictional, slightly-future counterpart to the Afghanistan and Iraq invasions, though it is careful enough to mask everything with fictional names, add [[strike:USSR]]Pamyat... uh, Russian ultranationalists into some noticeable changes such as the equation Saddam/bin Laden analogue having access to a nuke with which he kills 30,000 American soldiers - not to mention that he gets caught the day after that, and [[BatmanGambit making things not quite ultranationalist Russians also playing a quickly-growing part in what they seem]] in ''Modern Warfare 2''.happens afterwards.
18th Jan '17 5:21:16 PM dmcreif
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* The ''Series/Daredevil2015'' fanfic ''Fanfic/WhatTheyWouldntDo'' has a scene where Matt Murdock and Sarah Corrigan talk about where they were on the day of [[Film/TheAvengers2012 "The Incident"]]. It has all the feel of a "Where were you on 9/11?" conversation, and this is intentional on the author's behalf because, like 9/11, "The Incident" affected all New Yorkers in one way or another and caused a ton of destruction and loss of life while the rest of the nation/world watched.
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