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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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Peace Kills America's Fun New Imperialism

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. 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

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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. 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 laughs from me though much of the time I was sickened by his judgments of people he observed There were moments of self awareness such as when he wrote Trying to understand a culture by being a tourist is famously useless


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

  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 afte

  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

  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 mi

  5. says:

    This book sucks If only O'Rourke was as witty and important as he apparently thinks he is This is the problem wit

  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

  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 o

  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 author jumps too easily from one i

  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

  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 immediately post 911 and in the last moving piece the mostly abandoned soil of Iwo Jima in 2003

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