Beyond what is immediately apparent with the war on terror, that we have had many troops in the Middle East for a long time, there is also a deeper psychological significance playing out with this war. First of all, we must analyze what we mean when we say 'war.' Also, what do we mean when we say 'murderer,' or 'terrorist.' First off, murderer, and terrorist, means someone who kills someone else outside of the context of war. Once you establish that, move on to what 'war' means. You will find that war, by definition, is between governments. Government's have the right to kill, so long as it is called war. So, ONLY government's have the right to engage in war, according to our understanding. The war on terror is a war with a movement that is not a government. It thus says, essentially, that government's have the right to declare war on non-government entities. The hypocricy is that non-government entities, according to mainstream interpretations, may not similarly declare wars. In fact, a non-government entity declaring 'war' is essentially what is meant by 'terrorist' in the war on terror. These 'terrorists' see themselves as fighting a spiritual war. This, then, is also symbolic of the primacy of government and its various tools and cash-flows over all else.