Abstract : The political debat around the Iraqi war was not engaged only at the level of international organisations, such as NATO or UNO, but also in cyberspace. This debate does not reproduce the one that involves the traditional media. The semiotic analysis of the virtual discourses shows that these are developed according to a specific rhetorics. As soon as the papers published some fragments from e-mails and web-postings, the difference became obvious. Moreover, the objection against the public character of the virtual discourse is meaningful, as it points to the fact that the cyber-people themselves doubt the legitimacy of their own discourses. The case-study shows how cyber-self-awareness that emerges from cyber-practices is coupled to a self-cyber-awareness.