[Marxism] Stealing Images of the "Good Fight"
furuhashi.1 at osu.edu
Sun May 30 14:14:01 MDT 2004
Geoffrey M. White, professor of anthropology at the University of
Hawai'i and senior fellow at the East-West Center, writes that "the
'new' American patriotism being produced in the post-9-11 era
frequently invokes earlier forms of patriotism, especially in images
of World War II, the 'good war'" ("Pearl Harbor and September 11: War
Memory and American Patriotism in the 9-11 Era," Japan Focus). As
White notes, "Pearl Harbor quickly became a reference point for
American interpretations of September 11" ("Pearl Harbor and
September 11: War Memory and American Patriotism in the 9-11 Era").
Beyond explicit references to Pearl Harbor, the verbal and visual
rhetoric of American political discourse became full of allusions to
World War II: "the term 'infamy' or 'day of infamy' also appeared in
many accounts, redeploying the phrase first used by Franklin
Roosevelt in his declaration of war speech the day after Pearl Harbor
(when his reference was actually 'date that will live in infamy'),"
says White, using as illustration the Time magazine's special issue
on the September 11th attacks . . . .
It is not the right-wing politicians and corporate media alone that
have tried to mobilize Americans by exploiting the images of the
"good fight." Some liberals and leftists, too, have resorted to a
misleading analogy to seduce activists for the agenda of electing
John Kerry. What they seek to appropriate, however, is not the images
of Pearl Harbor and Iwo Jima but the rhetoric of the Popular Front.
Take, for instance, a liberal blogger Billmon's Whisky Bar. Near the
top right corner of the front page of the Whisky Bar, you can see a
reproduction of a poster from the Spanish Civil War, below which
Billmon's caption reads: "Stop Bush" -- "Support The Popular Front."
. . .
It is the bipartisan consensus responsible for the birth and growth
of the prison empire, as well as the bipartisan consensus for liberal
imperialism, that the stolen images of the "good fight" -- the
Popular Front on the left, Pearl Harbor and Iwo Jima on the right --
are meant to conceal.
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