Wednesday, October 10, 2007

People I Assumed Would Have At Least a Passing Familiarity with Graham Greene:

Three-time Pulitzer prize-winning foriegn affairs columnist Thomas Friedman

The Iraq war may be a mess, but I noticed at Auburn and Old Miss more than a few young men and women proudly wearing their R.O.T.C. uniforms. Many of those not going abroad have channeled their national service impulses into increasingly popular programs at home like “Teach for America,” which has become to this generation what the Peace Corps was to mine.

It’s for all these reasons that I’ve been calling them “Generation Q” — the Quiet Americans, in the best sense of that term, quietly pursuing their idealism, at home and abroad.


"The best sense of that term"?

2 comments:

radosh said...

That's 9/10 thinking, pal.

Burro Hall said...

Ah. By "best" he meant "batshit craziest." M bad. My favorite passage:

Alden Pyle's instincts were correct. Indochina did not live happily ever after the American withdrawal: Hundreds of thousands were murdered, millions were imprisoned and exiled, and the misery spread from Saigon to Laos and Cambodia.

A wise man once pointed out the difference between chaos caused by withdrawal, and chaos caused by invading in the first place.