“Given President Bush’s words in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 events, ‘Either you are with us or you are with the terrorists’ (2001), the efforts mentioned above acted to support the association of Good with American and Evil with un-American.”
This quote from the Lugo reading is the statement that most encapsulates modern containment rhetoric. Bush’s quote alienates those who in any way are “un-American” as the enemy, and as Lugo mentions, it also introduces a clear separation between Good and Evil. The idea of Good and Evil is most often linked to religion, making the war on terrorism reminiscent of not only the ideological conflict of the Cold War, but also to a religious war. People are afraid to be Evil in any sense, and as with religious rhetoric, Bush’s rhetoric places extreme pressure on individuals to conform. Throughout history people/positions of power have utilized religion as a means to increase their influence. In this case the foundation of this trend, Good vs. Evil, is the rhetorical inspiration for unification and containment. Although the war on terrorism has no connection to any particular faith, the religious shadow that is casted by the moral dichotomy can easily be viewed as the foundation of ethnic and religious distrust. As in the Cold War, those who practiced beliefs that were not of the norm were and are met with suspicion.