Thursday, January 08, 2004

Anti Americanism



I've been away for a long time - and I would owe Philip Chaston a large number of drinks for an admirable job of keeping this place going if he knew my identity. Thus adding another reason for the pseudonym. I'm very busy at the moment but will try harder to keep up.

This excellent review by Peter Hitchens of Anti-Americanism by Jean-Fran├žois Revel which at the same time attacks both the stupid anti-Americanism of the left and the resulting uncritical admiration of America's foreign friends - an uncritical admiration that in many cases veers on treachery as it used to be understood.

His last paragraph says it all:

If only America deserved the unqualified admiration that Jean-Fran├žois Revel heaps upon it. But tanks, missiles, aircraft carriers, and bombing planes are no substitute for the courageous resolve and unfashionable adherence to principle that once made America great and whose absence now gnaws at America’s vitals. France and Britain are not the only places where the cultural Left has occupied the strongpoints and besieges the inner fortifications.

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