- Hardcover: 258 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Press (September 19, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN: 0312358377
Review by Donald N. Anderson (a reduced version of this review is on
Brigitte Gabriel has written one of the essential books for all Americans and
other supporters of Western civilization. If anyone has any doubts about
the importance our fighting in the Middle East and support for Israel, they must
read this book. Without filling in all the steps she shows the tools
Fundamentalist Islam will use to force itself on the entire world. The
Muslims have a very long term view and the reawakening of Jihad may involve the
West in protracted warfare for centuries.
The recent Israeli response to Hezbollah in Southern Lebanon, and our invasion
of Iraq are just two of the battles in a global war against a primitive cult
that has the ideology, manpower, and money (thanks to the West’s oil
purchases) to make a very serious long term bid to destroy Western civilization
and most specifically the United States. She identifies the techniques
they will use and makes a vigorous and clear call to her adopted country to wake
up and look at the real Middle East and not some superimposed set of western
abstractions promoted by skilled Islamic propagandists.
The autobiographical portion of the book is riveting and we are indeed fortunate
that she survived her childhood in Southern Lebanon. The description of
the extermination of significant portions of the majority Christian population
in Lebanon is a seldom told story. She vividly describes the revelation
when she learned that Israeli’s we not the monsters her culture had taught
her, and in fact were a culture so superior to her own that she bent every
effort to become a part of it.
Many others have also commented on the dishonesty, death seeking spiritual, and
intellectual poverty of Arab culture, but her examples leave an unforgettable
I believe the Publishers Weekly reviewer (copy below) misunderstands Arab
culture, the conflicts for devout Muslims and the seriousness of the threat of
Jihad. He therefore thinks Ms. Gabriel is too extreme to be informative.
Unfortunately he is so steeped in Western modes of thought that he is unable to
appreciate the cultural differences and the appeal that fundamentalist Islam has
for millions of devout but normally peaceful believers.
In 238 pages of text Ms. Gabriel amazingly produces a more comprehensive picture
of the current terrorist problems around the world, than I have found in any of
the 40 books I have read on the Middle East, including some 3 times as long.
Many other books will give a description of one or more aspect in depth, but Ms.
Gabriel provides a vivid and well written overview of the problems.
If you read nothing else about the “war on terror,” read this book.
Amazon.com has a number of fine reviews with exceptionally high
scores for this book on their site.