“The Quiet American”: The death of J. Christopher Stevens
By Bill Van Auken; 14 September 2012 – WSWS
In his sardonic 1955 novel The Quiet American, Graham Greene offered a devastating portrait of Alden Pyle, a young American covert agent in Vietnam, exuding idealist notions of democracy and Americanism while trying to cobble together a “third force” to stem the tide of the Vietnamese revolution. Unleashing mayhem upon the country’s population in the process, he ultimately becomes the victim of his own political intrigues.
“I never knew a man who had better motives for all the trouble he caused,” Graham