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Broder has an ax to grind. With who? With anyone who is not Broder. Why should anyone care? Ask Broder and--you will get no answer. While the title is intriguing, the book surely disappoints. Page after page it is filled with little more than the author's own projections, that is, with attributing to others what clearly comes out of Broder's own mind and mouth. Case in point: belittling calls by the respected German dissident theologian Eugen Drewermann on the eve of 9/11 to take this terrible event as an opportunity to stop the cycle of violence--something the Dalai Lama did in very much the same vein--, Broder creates one unfounded accusation after another. For instance, he comes up with the absurd idea that Drewermann--known for his harsh criticism of the Catholic church's repressiveness which breeds pedophile forms of 'love'--would want 'all of us to accept mass murder as signs of unrequited love and to respond to them with love. How deeply the Nazis must have loved the Jews, how ardently must they have longed to be permitted a seat at the Sabbath table before they were shunned and forced to be permitted a seat at he Sabbath table before they were shunned and forced to resort to maniacal acts' (p. 145). Anyone even vaguely familiar with Drewermann's work knows that he does not preach the simple albeit well-intentioned slogan 'make love not war'. He has written and said many times that the Nazi regime could only have gained the absolute power it did because Christian leaders did not speak truth to power in 1933 and 1934 when they still could have mobilized the masses to oppose an authoritarian government. Similarly, like no other German theologian in the recent quarter century, Drewermann has called Christianity and especially German Christians to task for their vestiges of anti-Semitism. Drewermann has no naive view of people such as Osama bin Laden, nor does he have a naive view of the U.S. which seems to act by the maxim 'might makes right.' He speaks truth to power, even if the power is the U.S. government with its virtually unlimited reach, or the Roman-Catholic Church, which 'silenced' him in 1991. This book is an insult to reason. Broder's way of arguing would make any philosopher and certainly any person with common sense simply cringe.