“Most Americans who hear tales from that time find them literally incredible. This is not necessarily because they don’t believe them (although the fact that a third of the country thought Bush did a good job with Katrina suggests that many don’t), but because to concede that they are possible would force them to reevaluate everything they thought they knew about their country. If these things are possible, what does it say about democracy, the constitution, prosperity, law, order and justice? And without those things, what is left of America? The problem is not naivety. But, like a meat eater in an abattoir, they are being confronted with a vulgar reality of which they chose to be either only vaguely aware or which they understood to exist in a parallel universe that would never encroach on their own, even in their imagination.”

Gary Younge om Dave Eggers’ roman Zeitoun i The Guardian