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>Last night’s cable news coverage of the bin Laden execution was almost uniform in its tone. It seemed as if the rhetoric was served with a heaping side of nationalism. Some went even as far as to declare the “global war on terror” over. However, there is little variance between the dangerous nationalist attitudes expressed by the media and the ones by ordinary Americans. As Glenn Greenwald explains:

Whenever America uses violence in a way that makes its citizens cheer, beam with nationalistic pride, and rally around their leader, more violence is typically guaranteed. Futile decade-long wars in Iraq and Afghanistan may temporarily dampen the nationalistic enthusiasm for war, but two shots to the head of Osama bin Laden—and the We are Great and Good proclamations it engenders—can easily rejuvenate that war love. One can already detect the stench of that in how Pakistan is being talked about: did they harbor bin Laden as it seems and, if so, what price should they pay? We’re feeling good and strong about ourselves again—and righteous—and that’s often the fertile ground for more, not less, aggression.

-h/t- Will Wilkinson

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