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on October 1, 2015
Complete drivel
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on October 27, 2008
A ridiculous book. A hodgepodge of barely coherent sentences adding up to a Manichean screed that can be summed up as follows: "America is great. Everyone else is stupid." Steyn is particularly ludicrous in his criticism of Robert Fisk (one of the most highly decorated journalists in the world) whom he describes as being "almost always wrong." Of course, no details are supplied, since Fisk's record of sterling journalism is unassailable.

He starts the book by denigrading Cassandra-like dystopians, then proceeds to create his own doomsday scenario of Apocalyptic Islamophobic proportions ("The Muslims are coming! Run! Quick! They'll turn every church into a mosque! They'll persecute everyone! Women! Gays! Liberals!").

His barely concealed racism blooms to fruition when he describes a mob allegedly attacking a white man in Antwerp. When he "discovers" that the mob is made up of Moroccans, he exclaims "quelle surprise," obviously indicating his expectation that Muslims (or "dark people" or "foreigners") or whatever other terminology suits his paranoia, are an anthropological menace.

He is even more ridiculous in praising Oriana Fallaci (who did write some excellent books in the past, but who wrote some truly hateful nonsense with "The rage and the pride" and "The force of reason.")

More balderdash comes in the form of canards (particularly silly is his vituperation against universal health care in Canada - where he was born - and France).

Throughout the book, there is not a single favorable comment about non-Americans. Europeans are described as little more than old, silly, defanged, self-abnegating pro-Islamic masochists who wish nothing more than the takeover of their continent by the Muslim "hordes."

Foreign countries are judged only in terms of whether they are favorable to America or not. Nothing else matters. The US support for foreign dictators and violent theocrats is never mentioned (for it would cause the instant collapse of all of Mark Steyn's puerile theories).

If you think Bush is great and anyone who disagrees with him is "Anti-American" or "Un-American" (whatever that means) this book is for you. If you are a thinking person, intrigued by nuances and aware that the US has supported dictators all over the world (Saddam Hussein, Pinochet, Reza Pahlavi, Ceaucescu, even Khomeini - have we forgotten the Iran-Contra scandal?) not to mention the atrocities committed in Central America, this book will emerge for what it is: a silly man's rantings cobbled together over a weekend with zero scholarship, no credibility, no historical references and barely legible prose.
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