The Cold War and the War on Terror

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Eerily, it seems that during the Cold War and the War on Terror, many of the feelings that citizens felt were the same, but what America called the enemy was different. Following the September 11th attacks, there was a feeling of paranoia felt throughout America similar to the paranoia felt during the Cold War. Americans did not feel safe, and an attack could come at any time. The fight on the home front looked different during the Cold War and the War on Terrorism. During the Cold War there was more of a correlation between fighting Communism, and buying consumer goods. During the war on terrorism Americans were asked to give up some of their rights in order to maintain their safety. There is an abundance of similarities between …show more content…

Both Watchmen and Dr. Strangelove imply that the Cold War dichotomy was evil vs. evil. The War on Terror has also received quite a bit of criticism from popular culture. The song Road to Joy by Bright Eyes suggests Americans become more vocal about their displeasure with the War on Terror, “When you’re asked to fight a war that’s over nothing/it’s best to join the side that’s going to win/no one’s sure how all of this got started/but we’re going to make them Goddamn certain how it’s going to end/” Suggesting that the war is being fought over nothing, challenges the dichotomy of good versus evil. Michael Moore’s documentary Fahrenheit 9/11 examines the War on Terror from an openly biased Liberal point of view. The film makes a lot of outlandish claims, and has been ridiculed for being manipulative. However, there is a static given during the film that could not have been manipulated. Only one member of Congress has a child that is enlisted in the military. When the people who decide if we go to war refuse to send their children to war, they should rethink if the war is worth fighting. The Cold War and the War on Terror had a vast amount of similarities. They both were wars where America was fighting an idea as opposed to an identifiable enemy. While both wars dealt with potential threat, the Cold War’s potential threat was on a much larger scale. The Cold War seemed to be better received by the American people. If you compare the criticisms of the


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