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wade tillett on Sun, 23 Sep 2001 20:05:26 +0200 (CEST)


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The binary structure of Bush's address 9-21-01



'Terror unanswered can not only bring down buildings, 
it can threaten the stability of legitimate governments.'

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EITHER
 you are with us

   Us
       The civilized world

   a limited utopic space
       Freedom  
       Freedom of religion, speech, vote, assemble and disagree
       Justice    
       God (is not neutral between freedom/fear)
       Progress
       Pluralism   
       Tolerance
       Liberty
       Democratically elected government
       A way of life

   within which civilians are to remain.
      'What is expected of us?'
      ..to live your lives and hug your children.
      return almost to normal
      go back to our lives and routines

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OPERAND (the '/' between 'either/or')

 The governmental black box
 which determines the binary division
 and distributes justice

   under a cloak of unquestioned power
       Dramatic strikes visible on TV
       Covert operations, secret even in success

   and unquestioned methods
       whether we bring our enemies to justice
       or bring justice to our enemies,
       justice will be done.

   and extends this power to all aspects of all regions of the world
       This is the world's fight.
       Every nation in every region now has a decision to make
       Help of police forces, 
       intelligence service and 
       banking services around the world.
       Drive them from place to place
       until there is no refuge or no rest.

   and at home in every arena
       Comprehensive national strategy to safeguard
       Law enforcement additional tools it needs 
       Strengthen intelligence capabilities
       Comprehensive national strategy
       Office of Homeland Security

   for an undetermined amount of time
       Lengthy campaign
       Our war on terror begins with al Qaeda, 
       but it does not end there.
       It will not end until every terrorist group
       of global reach has been found, stopped and defeated.


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OR
 you are with the terrorists.

   Terrorists
       The dark threat of violence
       Terror
       Fear
       Cruelty
       Enemies
       Repressing
       Murder
       Fringe
       Blasphemy
       Perverts
       Hate
       Pretenses to piety
       Heirs of all the murderous ideologies of the 20th century
       Sacrifice human life
       Radical vision
       Will to power
       Fascism, Nazism, totalitarianism
       Global terror network
       Freedom itself is under attack 
        (i.e. the utopic space defined above)

   who are ubiquitous and immanent
       Thousands of these terrorists in more than 60 countries
       Threatening people everywhere 


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