The Enemy At Home: The Cultural Left and Its Responsibility for 9/11

The Enemy At Home: The Cultural Left and Its Responsibility for 9/11

by Dinesh D'Souza
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The Enemy At Home: The Cultural Left and Its Responsibility for 9/11 by Dinesh D'Souza


“In this book I make a claim that will seem startling at the outset. The cultural left in this country is responsible for causing 9/11. … In faulting the cultural left, I am not making the absurd accusation that this group blew up the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. I am saying that the cultural left and its allies in Congress, the media, Hollywood, the nonprofit sector, and the universities are the primary cause of the volcano of anger toward America that is erupting from the Islamic world. The Muslims who carried out the 9/11 attacks were the product of this visceral rage—some of it based on legitimate concerns, some of it based on wrongful prejudice, but all of it fueled and encouraged by the cultural left. Thus without the cultural left, 9/11 would not have happened.

“I realize that this is a strong charge, one that no one has made before. But it is a neglected aspect of the 9/11 debate, and it is critical to understanding the current controversy over the ‘war against terrorism.’ … I intend to show that the left has actively fostered the intense hatred of America that has led to numerous attacks such as 9/11. If I am right, then no war against terrorism can be effectively fought using the left-wing premises that are now accepted doctrine among mainstream liberals and Democrats.”

Whenever Muslims charge that the war on terror is really a war against Islam, Americans hasten to assure them they are wrong.  Yet as Dinesh D’Souza argues in this powerful and timely polemic, there really is a war against Islam.  Only this war is not being waged by Christian conservatives bent on a moral crusade to impose democracy abroad but by the American cultural left, which for years has been vigorously exporting its domestic war against religion and traditional morality to the rest of the world.

D’Souza contends that the cultural left is responsible for 9/11 in two ways: by fostering a decadent and depraved American culture that angers and repulses other societies—especially traditional and religious ones— and by promoting, at home and abroad, an anti-American attitude that blames America for all the problems of the world. 

Islamic anti-Americanism is not merely a reaction to U.S. foreign policy but is also rooted in a revulsion against what Muslims perceive to be the atheism and moral depravity of American popular culture.  Muslims and other traditional people around the world allege that secular American values are being imposed on their societies and that these values undermine religious belief, weaken the traditional family, and corrupt the innocence of children. But it is not “America” that is doing this to them, it is the American cultural left. What traditional societies consider repulsive and immoral, the cultural left considers progressive and liberating.

Taking issue with those on the right who speak of a “clash of civilizations,” D’Souza argues that the war on terror is really a war for the hearts and minds of traditional Muslims—and traditional peoples everywhere.  The only way to win the struggle with radical Islam is to convince traditional Muslims that America is on their side.

We are accustomed to thinking of the war on terror and the culture war as two distinct and separate struggles. D’Souza shows that they are really one and the same.  Conservatives must recognize that the left is now allied with the Islamic radicals in a combined effort to defeat Bush’s war on terror. A whole new strategy is therefore needed to fight both wars.   “In order to defeat the Islamic radicals abroad,” D’Souza writes, “we must defeat the enemy at home.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385521529
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 01/16/2007
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 280,947
File size: 587 KB

About the Author

DINESH D’SOUZA, the Rishwain Research Scholar at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, is the author of several bestselling books, including Illiberal Education, The Virtue of Prosperity, and What's So Great About America. He lives in Washington, D.C, and San Diego, California.

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The Enemy at Home: The Cultural Left and Its Responsibility for 9/11 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
3/29/2007 I own and enjoyed reading several of Dennis D'Souza's books but his latest book is a great disappointment to me. In my opinion, his basic premise that the decadent West's life style and efforts to spread its moral depravity around the world' is the cause of radical, murderous and anti-American Islamism doesn't begin to explain the real reasons. I am afraid that Mr. D'Souza completely misses the root cause of radical Islam's hate of the Western World. He confuses the easily available excuse of a decadent West with the fundamental and very old drive of traditional Islam to regain its position as the one and only permitted religion in the world. The author does not 'connect the dots' of Islam's early political successes, from the 7th to the 16th century, with what has been happening during the last almost 100 years in the Middle East and lately in Asia and the West. He mentions 20th century authors of radical anti-American tracts but forgets the much earlier authors of really radical Islamic thinking starting in the 14th century with Abd al-Halim Ibn Taymiyya '1263-1328', Abd al-Wahhab '1703/4-1792' and Muhammed Rashid Rida '1865-1935' and subsequently with people like Hassan al-Banna '1906-1949', Sayyid Abul A'la Mawdudi '1903-1979' and Sayyid Qutb '1903-1966'. When earlier Islam's political and military power waned during the Renaissance, the Christian West was just beginning to get its second wind, eventually resulting in the world as we know it today. But the original and fundamental drive of Islam as the only permissible religious dogma allowed in this same world, did not die in the 17th century. It was very much kept alive by the radical proponents of what had once been young Islam but had in fact become an aging, mellowing religious construct. It was oil money, in the early 20th century, and support from the Saudi family that gave Wahhabism its opportunity to spread aggressively in Arabia and beyond. Its basic focus includes Islamic apostates and religious slackers as much as any other religion's adherents. Why otherwise would the Taliban have made such an effort to destroy the Buddhist Bannyan Statues in Afghanistan a few years ago? It had nothing to do with anger at the West but represents their incoherent hate of anything not Muslim. The Jihadists hate anybody and everybody because we are considered infidels and therefore must be converted to Islam or slain. That is the fundamental reason they are at war with the whole world. But because the USA is the strongest military opponent with currently a seemingly confused and weak urge to defend itself, it has become the primary target for the Jihadist's rage. I agree with the author that there is an extremely vocal anti-Bush and anti-Iraq war contingent in this country and in Europe which clearly plays into the hands of our enemies. Unfortunately, it has been like that during other periods where we were at war. It is part of our political culture but if one believes that at times like these we must show maximum unity of purpose, thereby denying the enemy any opportunity for insidious tactics, one can only deplore the unpatriotic actions and attitudes of those who indulge in it. Clearly, this perceived American disunity enormously helps to hide the actual objectives of Jihadism, namely the reconquest of the world to impose Islam everywhere, but paradoxically it seems to make all those westerners, who do not like America, feel good. Because the war the Jihadists are waging is completely unconventional, this exploitation of naive and uninformed Westerners is grist on the Jihadist mill. As Sun-Tzu was saying 2400 years ago, in war the use of fear, brutality, fifth column invasions 'immigration', deceit and terrorism are to be employed aggressively and today serve the Jihadist plans and efforts to a tee. If the West cannot see the woods for the trees we are doomed. Instead, D'Souza believes that there exists a significant group of tradi
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is well worth the read, even if you don't agree with Mr. D'souza's politics. It provides a different viewpoint on why the U.S. is under attack. Mr. D'souza's main point is that people in the U.S. and the West in general think in an ethnocentric way that prevents us from understanding the complaints from not only the Islamic world but from other traditional cultures. We project our own values onto developing cultures without thinking about how radical they might appear. This is a lesson on how we can better understand other cultures but also shows we need to be more respectful of the other points of views within our own country.
Guest More than 1 year ago
D'Souza establishes his theory that liberals are the cause of America's international and domestic problems today and then proceeds to support his thesis with selective quotes. This is a very one sided book with the conservatives the heroes and the liberals the villians. But it is worth reading in order to get into the mind set of someone who views the world in black and white terms and sees very little gray.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found the book very interesting. I can certainly understand why deeply religious radical muslims might find our way of life offensive.. and it's not surprising that many liberals might find this book offensive. However, another point of this book is that "most" americans don't allign themselves with the radical left in this country and should make it clear that mainstream America is not so different from the average muslim. There's no reason why we shouldn't be able to find common ground when it comes to freedom of religion. We can do without the radical fringe on both sides of the road. There may be more history involved as a prior reviewer responded.. although I would think if that person had actually "read" several of his books as they claim, they would have figured out that the name is not "Dennis" it is Dinesh???
Eric61 More than 1 year ago
D'Souza is right that this war is about hearts and minds. About the imorallity of the cultural left. But the real issue is spiritual in nature, and how far America has strayed (led by the cultural left) from the Christian heritage left to us by our founding fathers. Until we find our way back to our Biblical roots America will continue to suffer. America's success and prosperity is directly related to our relationship with God as a nation. So I say D'Souza is close but should have emphasized this point more throughly. Our hearts and minds should turn to God for answers not to politics and the economy, and the rest, including 'our war with Islam' will work out.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
While reading this book I was amazed that he was laying everything out so clearly. Just how ironic it is that the real reason we were attacked on 9/11 is due to the cultural depravity that the radical muslims see in our country and which they deplore...a cultural depravity that is being fueled by the ideals of the liberal left. Yet the liberal left and the radical muslims are at the same time allies in doing everything in their power to ensure the failure of our Country in Iraq. The muslims are doing this because they do not want democracy to take root in the Middle East and the liberals motive is to discredit Bush and the Conservatives so that their liberal agenda can continue unimpeded as it has for so long. Europe has become a secular, decadent place and the liberals want America to go down that same path. Much of Europe has rid itself of the influence of religion and the liberals would like the same for America. They have been succeeding brilliantly with their agenda of weakening the influence of the family in America, particularly that of the father, and our country is paying the price. Everyone should read this book and absorb all it has to say about the terrible predicament of our country!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Adulterer and thief who wrote this book? No wonder he's worried about Muslims -- they take a much harder stance on those things! The Saudis who did 9/11 would cut off a few body parts from him and kill his "other woman" for that. Plus his hero W. flew Bin Laden's relatives out of the USA while the rest of us were stuck in airports on the wrong side of the country/world. And he says it's the LEFT'S fault? Ha ha! Projection is a funny old thing, isn't it?
Guest More than 1 year ago
'the enemy at home ' is a very fasinating book and the writer dinesh d` souza has really documented research that shows our enemys in battle and mostly in vietnam and iraq our opponents knew they could not win in battle so our opponents were able to use the culture left in america so this publication proves that through out history our enemys use the left to hurt our soldiers and lose our battles and give bad moral to our nation. this book shows hillary clinton and micheal moore who are more intrested in political gain thean helping there country.the writer gives hope and a voice to the voter and what they can do to make a change.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So much for repuke claims they are the "party of responsibility". They destroy this country and then, like spoiled brats, turn around and blam everyone else. This book is a compilation of badly written lies.