Thursday, June 10, 2004


Michael Berube has found at the New Yorker the funniest description ever of W.: Bushido: The Way of the Armchair Warrior. I laughed, then I laughed some more. Every paragraph is clever. For example:

Because human beings are prone to illusion, the sounds and sights of battle—the groans of the wounded, the maimed bodies of one’s comrades—may remain in the mind for many years, like a cloud that confuses judgment. Hence, a man who has fought on the battlefield and has later risen to high office may be fearful of leading his people to war. Such weakness does not afflict the armchair warrior, who at all times is firm in his resolve.

The armchair warrior does not fear death, especially not the death of other people.