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5 For Benedict Anderson, the emergence of daily newspaper reading was a prime example of how print-capitalism worked in the formation of nations as “imagined communities,” with newspapers thus playing a key role in how the nation is understood in terms of time and space. 7 In this chapter, we will see how Canadian news discourse constructs a particular narrative of the friendly fire incident that corresponds to a particular understanding of “Canada” as a nation and the status it bestows to those who “defend” it.
37 To be sure, Nazism’s racism and eugenics, he argues, are comprehensible only in the context of the birth-nation link that had lost considerable force by the time of 24 C a n a da /US a n d O t h e r Un f r i e n dly R e l a t ions the First World War, and has led to the demand for human rights. He writes: On the one hand, the nation-states become greatly concerned with natural life, discriminating within it between a so-to-speak authentic life and a life lacking every political value . . 38 Given, then, the contradictory character of this process, the various international organizations and committees (such as the League of Nations and the later United Nations), which claim not a “political” but a solely “humanitarian” mission, can, according to Agamben, only fail.
For now, I want to point out that in the context of the Afghanistan bombing, despite the efforts of the Canadian military establishment, arguments that friendly fire accidents are inevitable (and hence without blame), were not given equal merit within Canadian and American popular opinion. 24 It is not my intention to determine “what really happened” in Afghanistan or assign responsibility to an appropriately guilty party or parties. 25 Central to this sense of (national/ist) self is the figure of the hero, the warrior hero specifically.