Talk about getting lost in translation. All nonWhites above the ghetto level understand that the breakup of America is coming, and fear the loss of comfort and camouflage that it will take away from them. What’s amusing is how lost they are when it comes to understanding how the forces at play pushing balkanization will blossom. Outside of the mental framework of either contending side, Asians and Muslims both are confused. The only frame of reference they can fall back onto for comparison is the LAST civil war. The next one will be different, but the Muslim author of a new book about the coming conflict may have something to add to our understanding of what to anticipate, this time around: massive refugee camps for displaced persons, drone strikes, and suicide bombers. Michiko Kakutani reviews ‘American War’ by Omar El Akkad.

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