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The Fight that we cannot avoid September 5, 2013
“The Fight of Our Lives: Knowing the Enemy, Speaking the Truth, and Choosing to Win the War Against Radical Islam” is a book from William J Bennett and Seth Leibsohn. I had reviewed “The Century Turns” by William J Bennett sometime back and posted the review on this blog and at Amazon.
This book was written in 2011 but there has been a massive turn of events between then and now with an impending attack on Syrian by US. I would like to review this book in the current context. I understand that the population percentage of Christians in middle-east have fallen from 20% to 5% within a fairly short time. This might very well strengthen the belief that the Muslims do not co-exist with other religions very well. No wonder that the author believes the same express his concerns very clearly in this book. In some cases, he has very convincing arguments too.
I have to comment on his consistency and strong conviction in his beliefs. As an American, he has the right to believe that his country needs to be safe and secure. He quotes many instances where “Islam” is the reason for this insecurity, due to some of its unreasonable followers. From an American perspective, he might even be right when he projects the followers of a particular religion as the villains who need to be tempered. While some of the opinions can be mistaken for border-line racism and instigation, it is a reflection of a lack of understanding of a different culture. It is not for me to advise him about opening up his mind, but a step in that direction would have made this book more neutral. Anyway, being neutral is not the objective of this book. He is very clear about his thoughts and has candidly expressed it in his book. The book is very readable and does not waiver from the objective that the author has set for himself. It is all about safety of America and how it needs to be handled in an American way.
This is a bold book and I suggest that we get a copy for ourselves. We may not agree to what he has written but we certainly will get an alternative perspective.
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Review by Prasad
Refocus on the fight.
Ten years ago, when radical Islamist terrorists used three U.S. airplanes to kill nearly three thousand of our countrymen, America was angry. It was a focused and justified anger—one that generated clear objectives and a willingness to meet them. But that resolve has deteriorated so much that many of our nation’s top political and military leaders will scarcely utter the word that brought us here, “terrorism,” let alone the ideology that fuels it, “radical Islam.”
In The Fight of Our Lives, William J. Bennett and Seth Leibsohn examine the devolution of America’s post-9/11 tenacity and how this country’s well-meaning culture of religious tolerance, coupled with soft and apologetic political leadership, has placed us squarely in the pocket of radical Islamists who have made clear their intention to obliterate everything we value.
America’s devotion to political correctness has crippled its ability to accurately interpret and respond to the motives of its fiercest enemies. Unless we change course and re-engage the fight, the costs of our tolerance will prove tragic and immeasurable.
The Fight of Our Lives helps readers refocus, to reframe and understand the threats we face.
By surveying and explaining the current scene, Bennett and Leibsohn point the way to a future in which our enemies are properly acknowledged and firmly opposed.
“Crucial,” “Timely,” “Brave”—Advanced Praise for The Fight of Our Lives
“An important book. Many have forgotten the mortal threat to America that is radical Islam. Bennett and Leibsohn explain why we must wake up and what we need to do.” ―Mark Levin, nationally syndicated radio talk-show host and author of Liberty and Tyranny
“This bold and readable book makes a powerful, if controversial, case against appeasing terrorists and those who support them—and in favor of a strong cultural commitment to defeat an enemy bent on our destruction. You may disagree, as I do, with some of its points, but you ignore its central conclusions at your, and our, peril.” ―Alan Dershowitz, Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law, Harvard University, and author of Trials Of Zion
“Bill Bennett has been a brilliant sentry in our nation’s cultural life. In this luminous and spirited book, he and co-author Seth Leibsohn sound the alarm on behalf of us all. America can prevail in its struggle against radical Islamism, and they show us exactly how. A book for this moment, written with poise and passion, and suffused with love of country.” ―Fouad Ajami, Johns Hopkins University professor and a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution
“Bennett and Leibsohn follow Admiral Nelson’s strategy―“Go right at ’em”―right at both our deadly enemy, radical Islam, and its apologists, and especially right at our own politically correct, self-neutered establishment. A wise, timely, and brave book.” ―R. James Woolsey, former director of Central Intelligence and head of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency
“We are living, as Bennett and Leibsohn say, in ‘the Gelded Age,’ but we won't be living there for long because the forces of radical Islam have not paused in their drive to defeat the West. The Fight of Our Lives rouses the sleepy and the weary. It’s the crucial book of the year.” ―Hugh Hewitt, nationally syndicated radio talk-show host and author of The War Against the West
|Publication Date||October 4, 2012|