How our leaders talk to us about terrorism

At Jaw last Wednesday, Head of Religious Studies and Philosophy, Clare Jarmy stepped in to talk to us about how our leaders talk to us about terrorism. She started with talking about the symbolism behind 9/11; why the terrorists chose the twin towers, the centre of capitalism; The Pentagon, which is the centre of intelligence; and The White House, which is considered the centre of power. Clare then went on to discuss George Bush’s speech in response to 9/11. She highlighted his use of words and the topics he included. For example, when talking about America he used the adjectives ‘united’ and ‘together’ whereas when talking about the act of terrorism he used ‘evil’. It was interesting because of the recent situation with Syria and how in recent weeks news reports have stopped referring to the Syrian ‘government’, and now refer to the ‘regime’.

By Tilly Driscoll-Smith, Block 5


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