Friday, June 15, 2007

Arab Spring

Ah, yes, I remember those days when all us dirty fucking hippies were proven wrong and Bush and Judy Miller were, once again, proved fucking right!

It was all nicely captured in Ken Kalfus's "A Disorder Peculiar to the Country," a black comedy 9/11 novel. I'll hide the spoilers, so highlight the text below if you want them.

The ending of the novel is the ultimate absurdity, with all of the predictions about the Iraq war leading to beautiful democracy breaking out all across the Middle East coming true. Kalfus plays this part relatively straight which emphasizes just how goddamn absurd the whole "invade Iraq and everyone becomes an Israel-loving human rights embracing Democracy" idiocy is.