Where is the law in'unlawful combatant'?: resisting the refrain of the right-eous

Melissa Gregg, Glen Fuller

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Abstract

The rhythms of war and popular culture intermingle, amplify each other and become expressive. At the leading edge of the US military’s war machine assemblage, as the nation of Iraq is deterritorialised from the despotic signifier ‘Saddam Hussein’, the soldiers’ music consolidates a milieu of the battlefield. It also consolidates a space-time of the here-now with something less horrific. The popular music refrain produces a home away from home. In their patriotism, many of these singer–soldiers see a religious act. When someone is saying ‘God is on our side’ they are no longer talking about the nation-based context for which, whatever the rules of war might be, such rules are relevant. They’re talking about a Holy War. It has different rules. How to hold them to any actual account is the difficulty we seek to explore here.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)147-159
Number of pages13
JournalCultural Studies Review
Volume11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes

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Where is the law in'unlawful combatant'?: resisting the refrain of the right-eous. / Gregg, Melissa; Fuller, Glen.

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