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|Introduction to the paperback edition: Blaming American First||1|
|Introduction : A Moment of Clarity||9|
|Ch. 1||The Morality of Anger||23|
|Ch. 2||See No Evil||53|
|Ch. 3||A War Against Islam?||81|
|Ch. 4||The Case of Israel||113|
|Ch. 5||Love of Country||143|
|Conclusion: Why Do We Fight?||169|
Posted March 29, 2003
This is an excellent book that should be required reading for all high school students (and everyone else for that matter). Yes, there are still such concepts as right and wrong, good and evil! No, it is really not that hard to tell them apart; it's called common sense. I truly hope that we Americans come to our senses and start spending as much time and energy on preserving our cultures and way of life as we do on trying to understand every other culture in the world. One of the messages in this book that I wish Mr. Bennett had spent more time on is that just because America has not always been perfect in international relations in the past does not mean that we should give up the right to act in our best interests in the present and future.
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Posted January 14, 2005
Like a Heart Attack, is a Wake up Call to the individual whom does not take care of their health. William Bennett's book 'Why We Fight¿ is a wake up call for Americans who wave not paid attention to the nation¿s health, safety and security. I have searched out the quoted material from Bennett¿s book and found it to be factual. Many good reference's are cited which support Bennett's stated positions. One need not wonder about the loyalty to the USA, when students at the Muslim Community School of Potomac, Maryland are quoted as saying, 'Being an American means nothing to me'. This book is not recommended reading for people who hate America.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 3, 2003
The book is sheer neocon drivel. So- called 'moral clarity' would have dictated just redress for the Palestinians decades ago for all they lost in 1948. Benett does nothing more than add further spin to the disingenous myth that has suppressed the legimate rights of the Palestinian people for nearly five decades now.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 21, 2003
After reading this book I questioned Mr. Bennetts major lack of open mindedness to the security problem with terror. Now i just think he is another GOP hypocrite. Its funny to watch them put themselves on pedistals then sabotage themselves. The book was a slow read, kind of boring. Maybe the 8 million Bill lost could have helped the victims families off the 911 attack. But hell Bill rather dump it down a video poker machine in Vegas.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 3, 2003
Bennet supplies examples of easy targets, exaggerated cases, fallacious reasoning and red herrings in a desperate attempt to support his political ideology. As a primer on contemporary politics the book is of little to no value, it doesn't examine any other sides to the issue, and the reasoning process is often muddled with non-sequiters. Instead, Bennet bullies his way through issues with some Platonic idea of "moral right" and "justice." He eventually comes to the same conclusion that the haters of America came to, "God is on our side, the non-believers should be beaten/killed/rounded up." However, the book has use as a fascinating look into the pathology of the modern American religious right. It's just as important to read this type of propagandist vitriol as any other side in the debate on these issues, and Bennet's book is one of the least offensive.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 4, 2002
I read the book on my recent flight to Israel. While short on scope it provides the essence and core reason for our fight against terror here in the US and in Israel. A must read for all who are concerned about democracy and the freedoms it offers and able to preserve.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 30, 2002
I want to comment on one chapter of this brilliant book, the chapter on Israel.I do not think I have ever seen a more clear and sympathetic exposition of the modern historical struggle of Israel than is given in this book.Not only is it elegantly written , it sees through the lies and propaganda which the enemies of freedom and democracy use in their attacks on Israel.I too as a Jew was deeply moved at this work 's understanding of the connecting line between the evil of Nazism and the vicious anti - Semitic propaganda rampant in the Arab and to some degree European world today. I believe the most important part of the book relates not however to Israel, but to the United States itself.Here I think this work can provide to those confused about the world - terror campaign against America , precisely what the United States is fighting against ,and what it is fighting for . This is a great book , and I believe it should be at present assigned in introductory political sciences courses in colleges throughout America. I might also add this book makes me eager to read other works of William Bennett, who is one of those authors, who I now number among my ' mentors ' and ' friends'.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 23, 2002
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and had a hard time putting it down. My only criticism being that too much focus was put on illuminating the anti-patriotic sentiment. It was quite infuriating finding out how much foolishness is given credence in 'intellectual circles'. More focus should have been put on 'Why we fight'. I was still hungry for reasoning and background in justifying combat in the national interest.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 1, 2002
I am inspired by this book! Finally, someone willing to tell it like it is. The fallacies that the intellectual elite in this country have shoved down our throats since the Vietnam War are taken on in very acute and concise style by Mr. Bennett in 'Why We Fight'. He makes the very important point that as Americans, the very freedoms we enjoy (to protest, to say what we think, to practice our religions, and yes, even to self-criticism) only exist because of the system of Democratic government that our founding fathers created, and those heroes who have gone before us to fight for this country. A very firm distinction needs to be made in the minds of Americans between disagreeing with specific actions the US government may have taken in the past, and villifying the very essence of American Democracy. We Fight because we MUST, to preserve the very freedoms that many others countries in this world do not enjoy. This is NOT rhetoric. The majority of Americans will read this book and say 'right on!'. Contrary to what you may have been told by your college professors, America is seen by most of the world as a shining star of freedom, rather than an imperialistic, war-mongering entity. Those totalitarian regimes that see it differently are worried that the power they have taken from the people they oppress will once again be taken from them by those (America, most western nations) who would give all people the ability to say 'I am free!' I recommend every American read this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 22, 2002
Mr. Bennett's book, 'Why We Fight' panders to the intellectually gullible and idiotically ultra-patriotic . Even the basic premise of the book is totally intellectually indefensible and false. To give an example of how shallow this book is----- This premise of this book (and conclusion too) is that so called 'Western' culture is superior to so-called 'Islamic ' culure. The reason for this, Mr Bennett claims, is that Islamic culture doesn't allow for self-criticism. According to Mr. Bennett, this 'fact' allows us the moral ground to criticize and act aggresively towards Muslim countries as we please. Nothing could be further from the truth. To begin with, there is no single thing as 'Islamic' culture. Muslim cultures are vibrant elements in many national cultures, such as Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, India, Pakistan, and Tunisia. Widely differing in scope, character and influence, these cultures owe a great degree to Islam. To state that Islam allows no self-criticism is to be completely ignorant of world history. In fact, political and ideological debate between different members of Muslim schools enjoys a long history, much longer than American democracy. In fact, to decide sociopolitical questions, the 'Ulema' (Muslm public intellectuals) turn to a variety of sources, from Muslim philosophers (Ibn Rushd, Muhammed Iqbal, to the Brethren of Purity, to Ibn Sina) to the legal schools of Shiite thought, to the Hadith of the Prophet, to the Quran itself. Just as in the USA itself, various approaches and competing ideas are weighed against their probable outcome and the public good. Just like any other responsible government.... while it is true that there are despotic regimes in power in Muslim countries, it should be remembered that most of these (including Saddam Hussein, The Saudi Family, and the Shiite Ayatollahs in Iran) were either put in place or rose to power because of either foreign policies of the US or corporate influence in their economic and labor market systems. Of course you won't see this issue examined in this book---that would require a willingness to confront actual history and factual data. Another thing you won't see is Bennett's own history, where he discreetly manages to avoid service in Vietnam. I wish I hadn't bought this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 19, 2002
In attempting to make a case for 'moral clarity' (the author's euphemism for totalitarian authority by the government to quash dissent) after 9-11, William Bennett writes himself into another moral muddle. America IS a great nation, built on moral rights and Constitutionally guaranteed freedoms that Bennett would like to limit or destroy: freedom of speech & religion (which includes the right NOT to believe what the government or anyone else says you should believe), protection against unreasonable searches and seizures (Bennett himself helped wither that right as commandant of the 'War on Drugs'), habeas corpus (protection against indefinite imprisonment without charges or evidence), the right to a trial in which evidence must be presented in order to prove guilt.... Bennett writes: 'What I fear is the erosion of moral clarity, and the spread of indifference and confusion, as a thousand voices discourse with energy and zeal on the questionable nature, if not the outright illegitimacy, of our methods or our cause.' Well, the 'thousand voices discoursing with energy and zeal' is called national debate (a.k.a., freedom of speech), and it is an American principle worth fighting for. Americans (and others around the world) who noted that America's financial and military backing of corrupt regimes such as the Mujahideen (later known as The Taliban) in Afghanistan during the war against the Soviet Union in 1980s (or Saddaam Hussein in Iraq during the 1970s & 80s), eventually backfired (horribly and spectacularly on 9-11) are making a case for a wiser, more effective foreign policy in the future that actually will make America (and the world) safer. We have a chance to learn from this, and thereby to better protect ourselves and others. Bennett's idea of 'moral clarity' is to stubbornly refuse to learn from catastrophe, and to do as little as possible to live up to American ideals. Sure, it's a difficult and challenging concept to grasp that the constitution protects ideas you don't like as well as the ones you do, but the idea behind it is to encourage debate and the free exchange of information and opinion. So, Bennett may have written a(nother) morally & politically reprehensible treatise here, but he is fortunate that America is great enough to withstand his attacks on its principles and vitality. Remember: Terrorists can never take away your rights and freedoms; only Americans like Bennett (and John Ashcroft and George W. Bush) can do that.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 10, 2002
Bennett sets the record straight. An excellent, insightful book concerning the U.S. and its stance on terrorism. The chapter on Israel is excellent. Bennett is not afraid to say what needs to be said in today's world. 'Why We Fight' is a must read!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 22, 2002
Secretary Bennett responds to the critics who ask why we fight the war on terrorism. A powerful and timely statement of American values and resolve in a lost and dying world! A must read for all who care about the future of America and the preservation of Western Civilization!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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