Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Meeting the EnemyAmerican Exceptionalism and International Law$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Natsu Taylor Saito

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780814798362

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814798362.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM NYU Press SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.nyu.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of NYU Press Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in NYSO for personal use.date: 24 September 2021

Saving Civilization

Saving Civilization

“A Distinctly American Internationalism”

(p.1) Introduction
Meeting the Enemy

Natsu Taylor Saito

NYU Press

This chapter examines the justifications asserted for American exceptionalism in the context of the “war on terror” in order to identify some of the asserted values, identity, and mission of the United States that have remained remarkably consistent throughout its history. It begins with an overview of the six precepts of the war on terror, with particular emphasis on the claim that it is a war to preserve and protect civilization. It then considers the presumptions underlying the notion of a “civilizing mission” in relation to a universalizing yet distinctly Eurocentric international law. It argues that 9/11 has been used by George W. Bush to ensure the consolidation of a framework of international law in which American exceptionalism is structurally embedded.

Keywords:   war on terror, United States, civilization, civilizing mission, international law, 9/11, American exceptionalism, George W. Bush

NYU Press Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.