Showdown With Evil

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Fascinating, informative interviews with Brigitte Gabriel, Mohammad Ashgar and Abul Kasem shed light on Muslim ideology as reflected in the Koran and propagated by extremist clerics, charitable organizations, educational institutions and states purporting to be friends and allies of the United States.  As one learns of the venomous intolerance of Muslim extremism—towards women, homosexuals, Jews and other infidels—the Left’s romance with Islam and its opposition to combating the menace it has become is almost inexplicable.  But Jamie Glazov and his mentor David Horowitz understand the Left and are keenly aware of the parallels between the Left’s indifference to Soviet totalitarianism then and Islamic fundamentalism now.  They understand that the “peace” movement of the Cold War threatened our security in much the way that civil libertarian opposition to dealing effectively with Islamist terror threatens us today.

Norman Podhoretz understands that we are at war with, as he rightly calls it, Islamofascism, “…as precise a characterization as I could find of the religio-political totalitarian force that we are up against. “His defense of the Bush doctrine as our strategy in this war is clearer and more compelling than the case made by Bush himself.

Natan Sharansky is Jamie Glazov’s hero. Jamie is not alone in this. Anyone who followed Sharansky’s struggle for human rights before, during and after his 11 years in the Gulag was certain to become an admirer of his personal courage, his dedication to individual liberty and, in recent years, his deep insight into the nature of democracy and the human dimension of life under totalitarian rule.  As I look back at 11 years on the staff of Senator Henry “Scoop” Jackson, the task I found most gratifying was drafting speeches for Scoop supporting Sharansky’s struggle and demanding his release from prison.  Sharansky captured George W. Bush’s imagination with his book, “The Case for Democracy,” but the hapless Bush was never able to mobilize his own administration to develop policies reflecting Sharansky’s astute analysis, the essence of which is contained in his interview in this book.  Ironically, Bush’s decision to support elections among the Palestinians, which led to the rise of Hamas, flew in the face of Sharansky’s argument that elections in the absence of a civil society cannot be expected to promote democracy. It didn’t.

The three essays in Part V, “The Evil Empire,” shed fascinating light on the operations of the KGB during the Cold War and since.  It is not surprising that the operational code of the KGB under the Soviet Union continues in Vladimir Putin’s Russia.  How could it be otherwise?  Putin is a man of, by and for the KGB even if it is now called the FSB. That the continuing oppressive role of the KGB/FSB is so little appreciated in the United States—and most especially among policy makers and bureaucrats eager to “reset” American-Russian relations—is at least partly the result of the failure of mainstream media in the U.S. to pay attention.  Klehr, Haynes, Preobrazhenskiy and Kengor, who all have interesting things to say in their books and in their interviews in this volume, have received almost no coverage.  This reflects a troubling trend evident in the way the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the major networks increasingly ignore—blackout might be the better term—books and viewpoints that differ from their own. There’s a world out there that we would learn little of were it not for FOX and volumes like this one.

Andrew Klavan, like David Horowitz, has changed sides.  So have Charles Winecoff and Walid Shoebat: four personal histories that bring an immensely valuable depth to their understanding of the mind-sets and ideologies they have abandoned. Klavan, once on their side, now says this of the Left: “So desperate are they to display their tolerance, to claim virtue and open-mindedness for themselves, so secretly ashamed and guilt-ridden and self-hating are they, I guess, that they will give aid and comfort to a philosophy that turns everything they’re supposed to stand for on its head.  Anti-female, anti-gay, anti-religious liberty, anti-humanity, radical Islam is a cancer on the face of the earth.  Ignoring it, pretending it isn’t there, moral equivalence, relativism – all the various forms of false piety in which the Left specializes – are as helpful with radical Islam as they are with other cancers.”

Buckley, Hitchens, Coulter, Pipes and Dalrymple are always a pleasure to read.  There is no point commenting on their commentary: read and enjoy.

Richard Perle
Assistant Secretary of Defense for the Reagan administration, now a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.

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  • Joe

    Sounds like a fantastic book. Make sure it's available on Kindle.

  • moshav

    islam remains a totalitarian ideology that insists on slaughtering its enemies, subjugating women, and forcing any survivors to live in fear for their lives. It is just the sort of movement that would be founded by a pedophile and mass murderer. islam is mohamad's sick joke on humanity. It cannot be reformed; it must be destroyed.

  • USMCSniper

    Here is some history. Zbigniew Brzezinski not long ago revealed that on July 3, 1979, unknown to the American public and Congress, that President Jimmy Carter secretly authorized $500 million to create an international terrorist movement that would spread Islamic fundamentalism in Central Asia and "de-stabilise" the Soviet Union. The CIA called this Operation Cyclone and in the following years poured $4 billion into setting up Islamic Wahhabi training schools in Pakistan (Taliban means "student"). Young Muslim zealots were sent to the CIA's spy training camp in Virginia, where future members of al-Qaeda were taught "sabotage skills" – terrorism. Thank Jimmy Carter and his leftists for today's Islamic terrorism.

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  • Spirit_Of_1683

    Didn't G.W BUSH claim on TV in the evening of the 9/11 horror that ISLAM IS A RELIGION OF PEACE ??

    He certainly did. And that is because like Clinton, Obama and the post-Obama era etc, he is a product of the 1960s and later postmodernism and political correctness that passes for education. Sadly too many of us don't know any different. Gone are the Winston Churchills and John Quincy Adams's who relied on their common sense. Back then they learned how to think, today they're told what they should think.

  • turbantorpedo

    Hello America,

    We have our work cut out for us cleansing the land of the moronic politically correct meatheads that threaten to put all our necks near the sword. Maybe this is the way this is supposed to be for a nation founded on Christian values, but have sold them for selfish-motivation. When we wake up the screaming begins in an indescribable nightmare that is a waking dream. It is still not to late to turn our nation around, but you better have the cajones to get up close and personal to those that are destroying us.

    The Turban Torpedo

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