Rather than concede the unpopularity of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the British government has retreated to higher ground to persuade the electorate of its patriotic duties, writes Vron Ware. A language of sacrifice and heroism serves to exclude those who oppose the wars.
is Professor of Sociology at the University of Kingston, UK. Her books include Beyond the Pale: White Women, Racism and History (1992); Out of Whiteness: Color, Politics and Culture (2002, with Les Back); and Who Cares About Britishness? A Global View of the National Identity Debate (2007).