Women In Jonah Goldberg's The Tyranny Of Cliches

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INTRO For hundreds of years, history has recorded countless stories and accounts of people that were willing to sacrifice themselves for their cause. Depending on their cause and which side history was recorded determined if they were the heroes or villains of their time. For the most part, these stories were of men or groups of men dedicated to sacrificing their lives for God, country, and/or family. While there are only a few examples of women during this same time, history finds itself encountering more examples of women willing to fight and even die for their given cause which begs us to ask why we are seeing an increasing use of female combatants as suicide bombers. In order to answer this, we will need to examine history to understand how we got here as well as look at realization that women combatants will be the future and a more dangerous threat to the US fight against terrorism than their male counterparts. Before going further, it is important to define terrorism. This is an extremely complex issue and depending on your side or political affiliation, it is easy to either mischaracterize or oversimply terms. In fact, Jonah Goldberg, in his book, “The Tyranny of Cliches,” takes particular to the popular cliché, “one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter.” In his explanation, he takes the side that this is largely an American opinion whereby those that are with the US are the freedom fighters and those that oppose American policy are condemned as

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