In Dubious Battle
The Left at War (Cultural Front Series)
by Michael Berube
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Michael Bérubé's The Left at War is an important book—though it's not for everyone. If you want a painstaking critique of Noam Chomsky or of protestors who chanted "Imperialism!" when America attacked the Taliban in Afghanistan, it offers no end of material and thoughtful argument. But general readers will find its last third off-putting. Following the author's own penchant for witty turns of phrases, allow me this slogan: "Part of the way with Bérubé!"
A perceptive critic of the left, Bérubé is a little like George Orwell, except funnier. His frustration crystallized not with the September 11 terrorist attacks and the war in Afghanistan but with the debate over the humanitarian intervention in Kosovo, which "represented a fledgling attempt, after the tragedy of Rwanda, to wage a war in order to strengthen
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