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Cut the head off the snake, the theory ran, and apostate regimes that depended for their survival on American support would perish, along with Israel. For Scheuer, bin Laden’s historical signiﬁcance lay partly in his successful lobbying for a shift from targeting apostate governments (reﬂecting a Koranic requirement to tackle the ‘near-enemy’ ﬁrst should Islam be attacked) to an ‘America-ﬁrst’ strategy. The switch to an ‘America-ﬁrst’ strategy was achieved only after considerable internal debate (Scheuer called it a ‘struggle’ [Anonymous 2002: 169]) within key Islamist organisations, notably so in the inﬂuential Egyptian groups Al-Gama’at Al-Islamiyah (IG), the largest Islamist group in Egypt, and Egyptian Islamic Jihad (EIJ), a smaller group that evolved from IG in the late 1960s and was indivisible from al-Qaeda in the post9/11 period.
15, 25). With its further warnings about the permeable state of America’s borders, immigration controls and aviation security, The 9/11 Commission Report must have made grim reading for Ignatieff, whose faith in the ethical legitimacy of democracy imposed by imperial military violence rested squarely on the assumption that democratic institutions and processes produced just and efﬁcient governance. ’, the Report seemed thin and said disappointingly little about the rejigged grand strategy that a reordered bureaucracy might usefully pursue, if part of its aim were the prevention of future 9/11s.
On 10 March 2003, the Texas-based country band, the Dixie Chicks, told an audience in London that they were ashamed Bush came from Texas. The Dixie Chicks returned home to death threats, warnings of violence against 34 POLITICS their families, public burnings of their CDs and bans on their music by stores and radio stations, which threatened to end their careers as professional musicians. A fortnight later, with the invasion of Iraq under way, the ﬁlm-maker Michael Moore was widely reviled after he used his Oscar acceptance speech at the 75th Academy Awards to accuse Bush of taking the US to war under false pretences.
9 11 and the War on Terror (Representing American Events) (2008) by David Holloway