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To Israel at the outbreak of the intifada He flies to Egypt in the wake of the 911 terrorists' attacks and contemplates bygone lunacies Why are the people in the Middle East so crazy Here at the pyramids was an answer from the earliest days of civilization People have always been crazy He covers the demonstrations and the denunciations of war A moral compass needle needs a butt. I read PJ O Rourke s books for his first hand accounts of traveling throughout the world than for his politics This isn t my favorite of his books but it does include his reactions to the 911 attack on the Pentagon and the months immediately following it

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With his latest national best seller Peace Kills PJ O'Rourke casts his ever shrewd and mordant eye on America's latest adventures in warfare Imperialism has never been funTo unravel the mysteries of war O'Rourke first visits Kosovo Wherever there's injustice oppression and suffering America will show up six months later and bomb the country next to where it's happening He travels. I m grateful that I spent only 25 cents on this crap in the overstock section of the Lawrenceville library which is basically just a homeless shelter without any beds For years friends have recommended PJ O Rourke and after reading an agreeable Atlantic article about jumbo jets I figured I d give O Rourke a shot However he earned his reputation it was certainly not for Peace Kills a collection of essays basically about 911 and its aftermath Libertarian ethos aside O Rourke is as smug as his press photo smile his mind seems made up before he approaches a topic and it comes about as an elongated thumbs upthumbs down analysis Kuwait good US soldiers good Bush bad Clinton bad government bad Irais selfish etc His analysis is petty and boring essentially the Irais have failed themselves because they aren t bright or courteous enough to form a line while waiting for aid Its one redeemer is a first person essay about an anti war rally in DC he offers no thesis but records the signs and costumes sported by the hodgepodge of activists Anti war as I am it was good to hear a conservative perspective that the anti war movement is often anarchic protesters often use busking and goofy masks to announce their perspective but the messages are often eerie or conflicting Signs euating Israelis to Nazis is pointlessly offensive and it makes Leftists look stupid The Left is generally too anxious these days to modify its tack O Rourke may be obnoxious but he has pointed out with relative gentleness the weakness of the Left s tactics In a way he s doing the Left a favor

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End Wherever direction France is pointing toward collaboration with Nazis accommodation with communists existentialism Jerry Lewis or a UN resolution veto we can go the other way with a uiet conscience Finally he arrives in Baghdad with the US Army and standing in one of Saddam's palaces decides If a reason for invading Ira was needed felony interior decorating would have suffice. Partly a travelogue and partly a means to poke funny light sarcasm at the erroneousness in the thinking and the unexpected results of the actions of the liberal elitesAs much as I agree with some of them the author jumps too easily from one idea to another and tries too much not to offend a dig at the right or left is immediately followed by a dig in the opposite directionBeing written for the Americans some of the references are lost to me especially because I read it this week instead of 14 years ago when I bought itIn the intervening years some of the story he treated so lightly Ira Afghanistan Egypt developed into great tragedies Kosovo is still the same mess and Israel still existsEasy reading witty but immediately forgettable and it is on its way to the charity shop Choice Stories for Children or a UN resolution veto we can go the Öbür Divan other way with a uiet conscience Finally he arrives in Baghdad with the US Army and standing in Summary of Homo Deus one Koldbrann - parte 1: Rebeldes of Saddam's palaces decides If a reason for invading Ira was needed felony interior decorating would have suffice. Partly a travelogue and partly a means to poke funny light sarcasm at the erroneousness in the thinking and the unexpected results The Teams Milking Cow of the actions Via Suez (British): Blue Funnel Line (Merchant Navy Series Book 3) of them the author jumps too easily from Zenith one idea to another and tries too much not to A Pale Light in the Black offend a dig at the right Devil Versus Alpha The Millennium Wolves opposite directionBeing written for the Americans some Spieserye of the references are lost to me especially because I read it this week instead Feral of 14 years ago when I bought itIn the intervening years some Krismis van Map Jacobs of the story he treated so lightly Ira Afghanistan Egypt developed into great tragedies Kosovo is still the same mess and Israel still existsEasy reading witty but immediately forgettable and it is Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods on its way to the charity shop


10 thoughts on “Peace Kills America's Fun New Imperialism

  1. says:

    P J O'Rourke is a real bastard You know he is If you think about it it is undeniable Unfortunately he is one of those Irish bastards that will start feeding you whiskey and telling you fantastically true stories you laugh harder than you can remember then you wake up next to a toilet with a migraine a newly registered Republican That bastard

  2. says:

    I'm grateful that I spent only 25 cents on this crap in the overstock section of the Lawrenceville library which is basically just a homeless shelter without any beds For years friends have recommended PJ O'Rourke and after reading an agreeable Atlantic article about jumbo jets I figured I'd give O'Rourke a shot However he earned his reputat

  3. says:

    O'Rourke is one of my favorite writers He is a journalist who actually goes out and talks to people in depth reporting He has a knack for hilarious one liners He is conservative too but you can't have everything and anyway he is conservative in the least annoying way possible libertarian than anythingThis is a gathering of essays on war and peace and includes a few chapters on 9 11 O'Rourke lives in DC or di

  4. says:

    I had never read PJ O'Rourke before and being a weak willed liberal decided that I needed to read at least one collection of his essays This is it I would have to say that I did not find it very funny or very informativeThere are some good lines in it howeverDescribing shopping in Kuwait At a children's clothing store a toddler play outfit shirt jumper and gym shoes came to 140 worth of jam mop and chocolate milk spongeOutside his

  5. says:

    This book sucks If only O'Rourke was as witty and important as he apparently thinks he is This is the problem with the writingpublishing industry people think they have something important to say and bam there goes a forest

  6. says:

    I read PJ O'Rourke's books for his first hand accounts of traveling throughout the world than for his politics This isn't my favorite of his books but it does include his reactions to the 911 attack on the Pentagon and the months imm

  7. says:

    I do enjoy O'Rourke's middle of the road conservative views ones I don't necessarily share Still It's the kind of reasonable stuff that would make for good debates not polarising rhetoric So while I by no means agree with everything he writes I am a fan of hearing his opinionsDespite the lighthearted title this is actual

  8. says:

    Partly a travelogue and partly a means to poke funny light sarcasm at the erroneousness in the thinking and the unexpected results of the actions of the liberal elitesAs much as I agree with some of them the auth

  9. says:

    It took me forever to finish this book mostly because I never figured out what point O’Rourke was trying to make I did appreciate some of his critiues of US imperialism though I often felt like he missed the mark which is to be expected from what I understand about his politics This book did get a couple of l

  10. says:

    Have always enjoyed O'Rourke's writing even though I don't usually agree with his political views His personal opinions are less evident here than in some other article and he seems rather a dispassionate observer with a wry sense of humor in most of these pieces Lots of very confusing scenes from war zones the world im

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