A Friendly Drink in a Time of War

Paul Berman

in A Matter of Principle

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2005 | ISBN: 9780520244863
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520932166 | DOI:
A Friendly Drink in a Time of War

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This chapter shows the conflicting views on the Iraq war through the argument between two friends who share different opinions. The one who believes that the war was justified thinks the leftists have been unable to see the antifascist nature of the war because they are blinded by their revulsion towards George W. Bush. In their blindness, they cannot identify the main contours of reality. They have also decided, a priori, that all the big problems around the world stem from America. He tells his friend that if these people will just open their left-wing eyes, they would see clearly enough that the Baath Party is very nearly a classic fascist movement, and so is the radical Islamist movement, in a somewhat different fashion—two strands of a single impulse, which happens to be Europe's fascist and totalitarian legacy to the modern Muslim world.

Keywords: Iraq war; fascism; leftist; antifascist; George Bush; Baath Party

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Subjects: Social Movements and Social Change

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