A Brief History
Bush accused these states of being “regimes that sponsor terror,” a highly charged topic in the US after the terror attacks of September 11, 2001. Bush apparently liked the sound of his new designation and used the phrase often in his remaining years in office.
The allusion in the phrase to “Axis” would harken back to the “Axis Powers” of World War II, consisting of Germany, Japan, and their allies, and the invention of such a label is reminiscent of Ronald Reagan calling the Soviet Union the “Evil Empire.”
Not surprisingly, Iran, a country labeled as a sponsor of terror coined a counter phrase, the “Axis of Resistance,” including itself along with Syria and the Islamist group Hezbollah as members.
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For more information, please see…
Fisher, Scott. Axis of Evil World Tour – An American’s Travels in Iran, Iraq and North Korea. Kindle, 2011.
Wong, Dwayne. The Axis of Evil. Kindle, 2022.
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