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To win the war against terrorism, the author argues that we must first stop dismissing militant Muslims as “extremists” or “religious ...
To win the war against terrorism, the author argues that we must first stop dismissing militant Muslims as “extremists” or “religious fanatics.” Formulating a successful military strategy requires that we must see the enemy as they perceive themselves—highly trained and motivated soldiers who fervently believe their cause is righteous. The author describes how militants throughout the Islamic world are enraged by what they believe is Western aggression against their people, religion, and culture. Though bin Laden declared war on America years ago—not once but twice—the author argues that American complacence in the face of such violent threats stems from the increasing secularization and moral relativism of American society and culture. Even if bin Laden is brought to justice, the author warns, the dangers posed by radical Islamic militants will not disappear, and we must be prepared for a protracted war against terrorism. This important book will make a major impact on how America thinks about its enemy and itself.
Posted September 1, 2004
This book, written by an expert on the subject, analyzes Bin Laden's biography and motivation. It's an important book which should be read to better understand the nature of the war which we are fighting.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 31, 2003
Never have I encountered a more thought provoking and insightful revelation into the actions of Al Queda and Osama bin Laden. Moreover, the ideas presented are strategically aligned and logically presented to support the reader's understanding of terrorism fueled by fundamentalism. Finally, we have a way of understanding and ultimately defeating the enemy (Art of War ref.).Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 27, 2002
As I have been obsessed with terrorism for some time, I have read a number of the bin Laden books. Bodansky's is not worth the paper on which it was printed; Alexander and Swetman's is not much better; Bergen's is quite good; this one is excellent. It's the first book that really tries to communicate, in the plainest terms possible, how much America is despised in other parts of the world, and how this hatred, perhaps even more than bin Laden himself, is the real impetus behind the war against the West. That this book was released by a U.S. intelligence official, and that the logical conclusion of the evidence presented in the book is that the War of Terror will never be won by force, as is the current Bush policy, it seems that this may indicate an inter-governmental struggle for the best long-term strategy for protecting America. We can drop countless bombs, we can arrest and kill bin Laden and his top advisors, but since there exist tens of thousands of individuals who have somewhat valid grievances and inspired hatred against U.S. actions abroad, it would only take one of them, with a miniscule amount of cash and a little know-how about explosive chemical combinations, to kill hundreds of Americans. The most important thing I gleaned from Enemies¿ Eyes was that until we confront the issues that inspire such hatred against us, we will never be safe from terror. Please read this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.