28 May 2005

Victor Davis Hanson on Anti-Americanism

Brilliant:
There are easily identifiable constants in these sad examples. Rhetoric is always at odds with lifestyle: A novelist who tours and writes in English is the epitome of the Western liberal tradition that allows freedom of expression, promotes book sales through open markets, and enjoys unfettered peer review. Ms. Roy will always operate deeply embedded in the system she ridicules, and Western grandees will always pay her well for making them feel badly for a few hours. Islamists, Communists, and theocrats - in a Saudi Arabia, Iran, Cuba, or China - would not only not pay her, but might well issue a fatwa, jail time, or a death sentence for what they didn't like to read or hear.
And the coup d' grace:
It is not that we Americans are mad at what you say. It is just that you have all become so hypocritical, then predictable, and now boring — you are all so boring.
About what my good buddy PD says "Frankly, you bore the sh!t out of me."
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