History Main / TheWarOnTerror

24th Jul '16 4:22:51 PM nombretomado
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See PostNineElevenTerrorismMovie for the subject of terrorism in some depth. Also see TurnOfTheMillennium. Not to be confused with the Australian comedy series ''TheChasersWarOnEverything'', though they've certainly touched on the matter on occasion.

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See PostNineElevenTerrorismMovie for the subject of terrorism in some depth. Also see TurnOfTheMillennium. Not to be confused with the Australian comedy series ''TheChasersWarOnEverything'', ''Series/TheChasersWarOnEverything'', though they've certainly touched on the matter on occasion.
16th Jul '16 4:01:28 AM Future
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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 with the Iranian-style Shiite and ethnically Persian-Kurdish north basically secceding from the Sunni and ethnically Levantine south. 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 with between the Iranian-style Shiite south and ethnically Persian-Kurdish north basically secceding from the Sunni and ethnically Levantine south.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]].
28th May '16 10:13:04 AM AHI-3000
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* ''ComicStrip/TheBoondocks'' gave plenty of {{Take That}}s against the Bush administration and their foreign policy, and revealed that Jazmine's [[ComicBookTime two-year]] [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome absence]] was due to [[{{Hikikomori}} hiding in her house out of fear of terrorism]].



* ''ComicStrip/TheBoondocks'' gave plenty of {{Take That}}s to the Bush Administration, and revealed that Jasmine's ChuckCunninghamSyndrome was due to [[{{Hikikomori}} her hiding from terrorists]] ([[ComicBookTime for two years!]]) The Creator/AdultSwim cartoon series made one hell of an allusion to the Iraq War in an early episode in the the form of a convenience store robbery. Ed Wuncler III and Gin Rummy ({{White Gang Banger|s}} [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed takes on George Bush and Donald Rumsfeld]]) take some beer called "Black Gold", and when the [[AsianStoreOwner Arab store clerk]] (UsefulNotes/SaddamHussein) tries to charge them, they accuse him of having a gun (WeaponsOfMassDestruction). A cop named Frank ({{France}}) shows up, and Ed III levels a gun to him, shouting "[[WithUsOrAgainstUs whose side you on?!]]" The clerks friends fight back, leading to a two-hour shootout with more allusions to the events around the War than can be listing here. It ends with the Arab store owners arrested and [[KarmaHoudini Ed III and Rummy hailed as heroes]].

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* ''ComicStrip/TheBoondocks'' gave plenty of {{Take That}}s to ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'' episode "A Date with the Bush Administration, and revealed that Jasmine's ChuckCunninghamSyndrome was due to [[{{Hikikomori}} her hiding from terrorists]] ([[ComicBookTime for two years!]]) The Creator/AdultSwim cartoon series Health Inspector" made one hell of an allusion to the Iraq War in an early episode in the the form of a convenience store robbery. Ed Wuncler III and Gin Rummy ({{White Gang Banger|s}} [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed takes on George W. Bush and Donald Rumsfeld]]) take some beer called "Black Gold", and when the [[AsianStoreOwner Arab store clerk]] (UsefulNotes/SaddamHussein) tries to charge them, they accuse him of having a gun (WeaponsOfMassDestruction). A cop named Frank ({{France}}) shows up, and Ed III levels a gun to him, shouting "[[WithUsOrAgainstUs whose Whose side you on?!]]" The clerks friends clerk's coworkers fight back, leading to a two-hour shootout with more allusions to the events around the War than can be listing listed here. It ends with the Arab store owners arrested and [[KarmaHoudini Ed III and Rummy hailed as heroes]].heroes]].
12th May '16 2:14:39 AM Doug86
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* TerroristsWithoutACause: Though, exceptions are sometimes made for religious organizations, those whose motivation is to get the US out of their country or those involved in the ArabIsraeliConflict.

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* TerroristsWithoutACause: Though, exceptions are sometimes made for religious organizations, those whose motivation is to get the US out of their country or those involved in the ArabIsraeliConflict.UsefulNotes/ArabIsraeliConflict.
4th May '16 9:37:27 PM Thecommander236
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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, now 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 who will interpret any popular or mainstream book or film about the War on Terror or U.S.-Middle east relations, now 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.
13th Apr '16 10:59:46 AM Premonition45
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* KnightTemplar: Terrorists in pro-US portrayals, politicians and/or soldiers in anti-US portrayals.

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* KnightTemplar: Terrorists in pro-US portrayals, Western politicians and/or soldiers in anti-US portrayals.


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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.
13th Apr '16 2:47:04 AM 06tele
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* AmericaSavesTheDay
* BigDamnHeroes: Generally, the US military does this in such portrayals

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* AmericaSavesTheDay
AmericaSavesTheDay: Portraying the US as a heroic and righteous defender of freedom and democracy was especially popular in the early years of the War on Terror.
* BigDamnHeroes: Generally, How the US military does this in such portrayalstends to be portrayed



* DirtyCoward: Terrorists are usually portrayed this way when utilize suicide bombing or human shields.

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* DirtyCoward: Terrorists are usually portrayed this way when utilize suicide bombing way, whether or human shields.not they're actually behaving like cowards.



* {{Hypocrite}}: Anti-American insurgents and terrorists in general will claim to be liberating the people of their country while killing them by the hundreds and backing extremely politically incorrect positions.

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* {{Hypocrite}}: Anti-American insurgents and terrorists in general will claim to be liberating the people of their country country, while killing them by the hundreds and backing extremely politically incorrect positions.intolerant or cruel demagogues.



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* GovernmentConspiracy: To 9/11 conspiracy theorists.

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* GovernmentConspiracy: To 9/11 conspiracy theorists.theorists are especially fond of this.



* HistoryRepeats: Allusions are drawn to Vietnam, most commonly, though CIA activities in South America or the First Gulf War are also popular.
* {{Hypocrite}}: The US is usually portrayed as self-righteous nation that posits itself as a spreader of democracy even though they fund tin-pot dictator ships and oppress the righteous people in the countries they invade.

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* HistoryRepeats: Allusions are drawn made to Vietnam, most commonly, though CIA activities in South America or the First Gulf War are also popular.
* {{Hypocrite}}: The US is usually will be portrayed as a self-righteous nation that posits itself as a claims to be spreader of democracy democracy, even though they fund tin-pot dictator ships it supports brutal dictatorships as long as it's convenient to do so, invades them when it's no longer convenient, and oppress oppresses the righteous people in the countries they invade.it invades.



* MyCountryTisOfTheeThatISting: When Americans themselves criticize the leader's choices most especially the ones in this era.

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* MyCountryTisOfTheeThatISting: When Americans themselves criticize the leader's choices choices, most especially the ones in this era.



* SociopathicSoldier: The less decent ones, particularly on states like Sudan, of tin-pot tyrannies or of the United States.

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* SociopathicSoldier: The less decent ones, particularly on from states like Sudan, of tin-pot tyrannies or sometimes of the United States.
3rd Apr '16 11:23:38 PM erforce
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* ProtagonistCenteredMorality: The U.S. was and is often accused of this attitude on the War on Terror, including by many Americans themselves. Features in both pro-war and anti-war media, and is pretty much the entire theme of movies such as TeamAmerica (in which it is dealt with humorously) and Film/ZeroDarkThirty (in which it is dealt with seriously).

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* ProtagonistCenteredMorality: The U.S. was and is often accused of this attitude on the War on Terror, including by many Americans themselves. Features in both pro-war and anti-war media, and is pretty much the entire theme of movies such as TeamAmerica ''Film/TeamAmericaWorldPolice'' (in which it is dealt with humorously) and Film/ZeroDarkThirty (in which it is dealt with seriously).
27th Mar '16 11:52:48 AM StFan
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** ''Series/StargateAtlantis'': John Sheppard, the only main character who has been part of the US Armed Forces, has several references in the story about his time as an Air Force pilot in Afghanistan (he hadn't been let in on TheMasquerade yet, which is why he was bothering with the less important conflict in the first place). In "The Runner", Sheppard asks for clarification when Caldwell mentions "Code Orange and above", suggesting that even a veteran of TheWarOnTerror can be confused by the terror alert color system.
* The new ''Series/DoctorWho''. See ''Stargate''. Maybe less so, ''Doctor Who'' being British. The public, in general, doesn't care for the War on Terror and has reached a point of indifference about it, unless a family member is involved, and would have more concern for the giant eye ready to incinerate the Earth, or a visit from the [[OmnicidalManiac Daleks]]. Spinoffs ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' and ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'', having more limiting methods of TimeTravel, mention Iraq, but never higher than Alert Level Blue. ''Series/DoctorWho'', on the other hand, involves frequent use of time travel, on top of having had just nine out of 32 episodes substantially set on present-day Earth between 2009 and 2011 [[note]]"Planet of the Dead", ''The End Of Time'' Parts One and Two, "The Eleventh Hour", "The Lodger", "The Big Bang", "The Impossible Astronaut", "Night Terrors" and "Closing Time", with a "2011" where every point in history happens at once in "The Wedding of River Song"[[/note]].

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** ''Series/StargateAtlantis'': John Sheppard, the only main character who has been part of the US Armed Forces, has several references in the story about his time as an Air Force pilot in Afghanistan (he hadn't been let in on TheMasquerade yet, which is why he was bothering with the less important conflict in the first place). In "The Runner", Sheppard asks for clarification when Caldwell mentions "Code Orange and above", suggesting that even a veteran of TheWarOnTerror The War on Terror can be confused by the terror alert color system.
* The new ''Series/DoctorWho''. See ''Stargate''. Maybe less so, ''Doctor Who'' being British. The public, in general, doesn't care for the War on Terror and has reached a point of indifference about it, unless a family member is involved, and would have more concern for the giant eye ready to incinerate the Earth, or a visit from the [[OmnicidalManiac Daleks]]. Spinoffs ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' and ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'', having more limiting methods of TimeTravel, mention Iraq, but never higher than Alert Level Blue. ''Series/DoctorWho'', on the other hand, involves frequent use of time travel, on top of having had just nine out of 32 episodes substantially set on present-day Earth between 2009 and 2011 [[note]]"Planet of the Dead", ''The "The End Of Time'' of Time" Parts One and Two, "The Eleventh Hour", "The Lodger", "The Big Bang", "The Impossible Astronaut", "Night Terrors" and "Closing Time", with a "2011" where every point in history happens at once in "The Wedding of River Song"[[/note]].



* ''Series/SesameStreet'' had a grease fire and a trip to the firehouse in its first season premiere after 9/11.



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** ''[[{{Film/IronMan1}} Iron Man]]'': Tony Stark is injured by terrorists while showcasing a M.I.R.V. to NATO brass in Afghanistan.

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** ''[[{{Film/IronMan1}} Iron Man]]'': ''Film/IronMan1'': Tony Stark is injured by terrorists while showcasing a M.I.R.V. to NATO brass in Afghanistan.



** ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'': This is the [[{{BlatantLies}} "official" reason]] for Project Insight. [[spoiler: The actual reason is it's the final step in {{ComicBook/HYDRA}}'s decades-long plan to TakeOverTheWorld.]]

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* ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' has both major and minor references to the war on terror. At first glance, the war only seems to get a passing, satirical treatment. However, upon closer inspection, it becomes clear that the War on Terror is a central element in this show and that it is actually behind the premise of the series.
** Such references run the gamut from Maeby offhandedly mentioning that school let out early because an Arabic student parked too close to the gym to [[spoiler:Michael, Gob, and Buster actually going to Iraq to clear their father's name after he supposedly built houses for the Hussein regime]].

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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 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 poorly educated people in high positions to overlook the differences.



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** On a related note, many movies about treacherous regimes and war, such as ''Film/HarryPotter'', and ''Film/VForVendetta'' couldn't help but [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotPolitical slip in allegory of varying subtlety (or lack thereof) about The War On Terror]].
* 9th Company is a strange example: The events in the film predate the War on Terror by nearly two decades, as it focuses on the Soviet Union's war in Afghanistan. That said, it was made in 2007 and there are numerous, subtle parallels to the current war. It is almost as if the director was saying "We went through that hellhole. Now it's your turn".

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** * On a related note, many movies about treacherous regimes and war, such as ''Film/HarryPotter'', and ''Film/VForVendetta'' couldn't help but [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotPolitical slip in allegory of varying subtlety (or lack thereof) about The War On on Terror]].
* 9th Company ''Film/NinthCompany'' is a strange example: The events in the film predate the War on Terror by nearly two decades, as it focuses on the Soviet Union's war in Afghanistan. That said, it was made in 2007 and there are numerous, subtle parallels to the current war. It is almost as if the director was saying "We went through that hellhole. Now it's your turn".




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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' touched on this in their 2006 Halloween special, where Kang and Kodos decide to invade Earth. Incidentally, the scene originally ended with the line "This sure is a lot like Iraq will be", tossing an anvil straight through the FourthWall. This was wisely cut at some point down the line, but it still aired on some channels.

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2006 Halloween special, where Kang and Kodos decide to invade Earth. Incidentally, the scene originally ended with the line "This sure is a lot like Iraq will be", tossing an anvil straight through the FourthWall. This was wisely cut at some point down the line, but it still aired on some channels.




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