Thursday, December 16, 2010

Overheard at Booth 4: Storm from the East by Milton Viorst

1: . . . and this has been the best book I've read this year about the wars in the Middle East - it didn't sink to any level of rhetoric, it was simply an honest attempt to look at the history of the region to explain why certain current events have unfolded the way they have. It goes back all the way to the 6th Century, even, and it really really made me think about why these people are actually so completely utterly locked in the P'O'd mode all the time.

2: I thought it was just because they were evil.

1: That's the answer that people want to you to think when they don't want you to think. Seriously, every American should be made to read this book . . . AFTER they are forced to read Why We Fight. Then they can see the COMPLETE difference between sheer paranoic chest-thumping rhetoric and thoughtful crafted historical commentary.

3: Yeah, but I think you’re forgetting something. We LIKE the rhetoric. We don’t want to have to think.

2: Right, come on, dude, that’s why we have Fox News!

3: . . . and I like a bit of chest-thumping every now and then.

1: Good lord.

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