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.