Gore Vidal alive & well with a new book on 9-11..."our fault"

  1. I was browsing through the Sunday papers Book Reviews and found a 1/2 page article re: Vidal's new book, "Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace" subtitled... "How We Got To Be So Hated"

    The review says that Vidal is a true patriot who loves America, and says he is a defender of the American Republic against the present "American Global Empire."

    "The action of the American empire abroad, the hubris of the American empire (illustrated by a 19 page chart of 200 U.S. overseas military adventures since 1948) and a budding police state here at home, proves a basic law of physics, there is no action without reaction."

    The "inevitable reaction" says Vidal, "is nothing less than the bloody handiwork of Osama Bin Laden and Timothy McVeigh. Each was enraged by our government's reckless assaults upon other societies. Each was provoked into answering with horrendous violence. "

    Vidal writes that American liberty will turn out to be the greatest victim of 9-11.

    The reviewer writes, "the suffocating and self-indulgent consensus in which most of America has swaddled itself
    since September 11, reinforced by cable- babble framed in patriotic bunting, and unquestioned by opposition Democrats who purr like a collection of domestic pets on Dubya's Crawford ranch, could use a bit of shouting down by the likes of Vidal."

    "And if someone wants to shout back half as eloquently as Vidal, then please hop to it. That way we'd have at least the semblance of a grand national debate."

    It sounds like the two old warrior/writer / protestors , Vidal and Mailer are thinking & writing in tandem these days.

    There is a lot more at this site....and all of Gore's 9-11 essays.


    www.pitt.edu/~kloman/vidalframe.html
    www.pitt.edu/~kloman/vidalframe.html
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  2. 7 Comments

  3. by   Glad2behere
    Ok, you caught me flatfooted on this one. Give me a day to prepare and read a little, I feel a really good debate coming but not too sure till I organize my thoughts and plot strategy.

    Whichever, I'm gonna hurt cha! (laugh)
  4. by   fergus51
    Explanations and excuses are two different things. Are there legitimate reasons for some anti American sentiment in the world? Yes. Doesn't make September 11 "our fault". Sept 11th was the terrorists fault, but I do hope we can take the opportunity to learn about why there is a lot of antiAmerican sentiment out there. If we decide their reasons are stupid we can go on, if we decide there are some things we could chage, we could do that. Either way, there is no excuse for what those terrorists did on Sept 11.
  5. by   Sleepyeyes
    Originally posted by fergus51
    Explanations and excuses are two different things. Are there legitimate reasons for some anti American sentiment in the world? Yes. Doesn't make September 11 "our fault". Sept 11th was the terrorists fault, but I do hope we can take the opportunity to learn about why there is a lot of antiAmerican sentiment out there. If we decide their reasons are stupid we can go on, if we decide there are some things we could chage, we could do that. Either way, there is no excuse for what those terrorists did on Sept 11.
    Amen, and amen.
  6. by   rncountry
    And here I thought he was dead. Wonder who I was thinking of?
  7. by   prn nurse
    His nearest & dearest close pal Truman Capote?
  8. by   Sleepyeyes
    oh, wasn't poor truman murdered on the beach in CA??
  9. by   oramar
    I have been listening to that creeps garbage on tv and radio for far to many years. One commentator said Vidal has a grudge against USA because his lover was killed in WWII.

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