While deeply committed to an opposition as defining all, anticommunism was at the same time a great proponent of the idea that boundaries delineating antagonisms were no longer clearly defined. This was for many Americans the scariest aspect of the communist menace (and a staple of anticommunist prepositions): the threat was no longer confined to easy betweens; it was said to be among. The much-quoted Catholic liberal anticommunist John Courtney Murray presented this idea in one its spookier forms: "There is no war over frontiers [this during the Korean War, a war, if ever there was one, about advancing and declining battle lines], nor between peoples, nor between continents. It is a clash of forces that knows no frontiers for each seeks a zone of influence that is unlimited." Though Murray here means by "each" both the United States and the Soviet Union, no one in the West reading his statement thought for a moment that the American force was to be feared because of its powers of permeation. Indeed, what was said was that our side stipulated a between and against, while the other side deceitfully eschewed sides and was to be found among, in, through, and around. American anticommunism was a binarism that though of itself as behaving complexly while fearing and despising the opposition hiding its status as such.