BOOKS -- Tucson/Marana AZ Chapter Materials
Useful Books for Information Regarding Islamofascism and Terrorism
Bennett, William J. Why We Fight, Moral Clarity and the War on Terrorism. Doubleday, 2002.
"The events of September 11, 2001, were an unforgettable tragedy, but they also revealed that the spirit of America is strong and undiminished. Not since the shocking attack on Pearl Harbor has the nation pulled together with such unity and purpose, resolving to endure whatever hardships may be necessary to win the war on terror. We were united in the defense of and belief in our country. It truly brought out the best in our national character.
But a small group of influential public intellectuals, writers, members of the media, and academics were not part of this unified response. they still preached the same self-doubt about America and her traditions that has steadily undermined our national confidence and resolve in recent decades. Within days of the attacks this debilitating mindset was in evidence, as influential figures rushed to point the finger at America and decry what they were sure would be our murderous and indiscriminate reaction. While most Americans remain confident of the justice and appropriateness of our mitary response in Afghanisan, these vocal critics have caused some to wonder whether we brought the attacks on ourselves because of our foreign policy, our popular culture, or our support for Israel.
As we enter the next phase of what will undoubtedly be a protracted and dangerous struggle -- a war unlike any other in our history -- it is more important than ever to respond to these doubts and objections and to preserve the patriotic ardor seen in the wake of September 11. In clear, compelling, straightforward language, William Bennett takes up and refutes the many myths and misconceptions about America's character and role in world affairs that have become fashionable amount our nation's elites. The morning of September 12 dawned with a stunning moral clarity that has guided the actions of many Americans, both her leaders and her citizens. Bennett seeks to preserve that clarity in order to ensure that our national resolve does not falter in this difficult and necessry war."
Bukay, David, Editor. Muhammad's Monsters, A Comprehensive Guide to Radical Islam for Western Audiences. Balfour Books, 2004.
"It is now increasingly clear that no nation in the world is entirely free of the threat from extremist Islamist terrorism." In the new landscape, post-9/11, free societies put up a hand to shield their eyes from the intruding glare of terrorism. Nothing is as it was. Harsh realities require clear strategies. The real question, is who are we fighting, and why? Difficult as it is for the tolerant West to admit, a religion is being used to justify destruction. Militant Islamists who describe themselves as the "true believers" in the desert prophet, Muhammad, are attempting to force submission to Allah. Chillingly, it has been said that radical Islam is "standing up," rising from the sands of Arabia to reach globally. This flexing of totalitarian muscles, under the guise of religion, is an existential threat. The essays in Muhammad's Monsters, written for a global audience suddenly curious about terrorism, Islam and the Middle East, will likely become a classic work. If you want to understrand who we're fighting, and why, look no further than this book."
Evans, Mike. The Final Move Beyond Iraq, The Final solution While the World Sleeps. Front Line, 2007.
"Could we lose the war on terror? America is fighting for its life in the first war of the twenty-first century. The battle is for the soul of America, and ground zero is Iraq. While the United States debates, the terrorists are claiming victory and planning to take their show to American soil once again. In The final Move Beyond Iraq, bestselling author Mike Evans gives us a wake-up call., demonstrating conclusively that:
* An Islamic revolution is spreading and is on the brink of becoming America's greatest threat since the civil War
* Immediate withdrawal from Iraq would be disastrous and embolden terrorists to attack America at home
* Iran is playing a major role in the current violence
* The U.S. must strike Iran within the next twelve months, or the next president may be presiding over a nuclear 9/11
American soldiers are risking their lives for our freedom. We must see this war through to the end -- or our next battle will be much, much worse.
Gabriel, Brigitte. Because They Hate, A Survivor of Islamic Terror Warns America. St. Martin's Press, 2006.
"As an Arab Christian, and victim of radical Islam during the Lebanese Civil War, I refuse to stand by and let the same thing happen to my adopted country, the United States. Even after 9/11, there are those who say that we must "engage" our terrorist enemies, that we must "address their grievances." Their grievance is our freedom of religion. their grievance is our democratic process. Islamic religious authorities and terrorist leaders repeatedly state that they will destroy the United States and Western civilization. Unless we take them at their word, and defind ourselves, they will succeed..."
Gabriel, Brigitte. They Must Be Stopped. St. Martin's Press, 2008.
Gold, Dore, Former Ambassador to the United Nations. Hatred's Kingdom, How Saudi Arabia Supports the New Global Terrorism. Regnery Publishing, Inc., 2003.
"From New york City to Bali, Indonesia, ideologically motivated terrorist groups have chillingly demonstrated their global reach. And terrorism is now far more lethal than before.
But what is causing it? Only as new reports have emerged about Saudi Arabia's links to terror has the United States begun to look closely at the Saudi kingdon, America's purported ally. Now, in Hatred's Kingdom, Middle East expert Dore Gold provides the startling evidence of how Saudi Arabia not only is linked to trrror but in fact has spawned the current wave of global terrorism.
Using previously unpublished documents, Gold, the former Israeli ambassador to the United Nations, exposes how the deeply ingrained hatred that has provoked the new terrorism has its roots in Saudi Arabia's dominant religous creed, a radical Islamic offshoot known as Wahhabism.
But the Saudi kingdom has supplied more than just the ideology that compels terrorists to commit mass murder. As Gold reveals, the Saudis have provided terrorists with manpower and seemingly endless supplies of money. In Hatred's Kingdom, Gold exposes:
* Shocking, never-before-seen evidence of how the Saudis have financed the world's most dangerous terrorst organizations, including al-Qaeda and Hamas; Gold has hunted down canceled checks, payment schedules to the families of suicide bombers, high-level intelligence reports, and much more.
* How prominent Saudi Wahhabi clerics have justified the September 11 attack and supported further hostile acts against the United States; Gold reproduces numerous sermons and writings that expose such incitement.
* How September 11 was only the most dramatic example of a horrifying new breed of terrorism, even now poised to strike again.
Through meticulous research, Dore Gold connects the dots, tapping into his rich knowledge of the history of the Middle East and his years of hands-on diplomatic experience. He also shows what is being overlooked in the current war on terror. As Gold stunningly reveals, unless the United States and its allies change their approach -- and cast a cold eye on supposed partner Saudi Arabia -- the war on terror will not be won. It will be only a matter of time before another Osama bin Laden emerges."
Kean, Thomas H., Chair, et.al. The 9/11 commission Report. W.W. Norton & Co.
NEARLY THREE THOUSAND PEOPLE DIED in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. In Lower Manhattan, on a field in Pennsylvania, and along the banks of the Potomac, the United States suffered the single largest loss of life from an enemy attack on its soil.
IN NOVEMBER 2002 the United States Congress and president George W. Bush established by law the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, also known as the 9/11 Commission. This independent, bipartisan panel was directed to examine the facts and circumstances surrounding the September 11 attacks, identify lessons learned, and provide recommendations to safeguard against future acts of terrorism."
Kepel, Gilles. The War for Muslim Minds. The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2004.
"THE EVENTS OF SEPTEMBER 11, 2001, forever changed the world as we knew it. In their wake, the quest for international order has prompted a reshuffling of global aims and priorities. In a fresh approach, Gilles Kepel focuses on the Middle East as a nexus of international disorder and decodes the complex language of war, propaganda, and terrorists that holds the region in its thrall."
Lewis, Bernard. Islam and the West. Oxford University Press, 1993.
A matchess guide to the background of Middle East conflicts today, Islam and the West presents the seasoned reflections of an eminent authority on one of the most intriguing and little understood regions in the world."
Lewis, Bernard. The Crisis of Islam, Holy War and Unholy Terror. Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2003.
"In this book, "Bernard Lewis examines the historical roots of the resentments that dominate the contemporary Islamic world and that are increasingly being expressed in acts of terrorism. The Crisis of Islam ranges widely through thirteen centuries of history, but in particular it charts the key events of the twentieth century leading up to the violent confrontations of today."
MacArthur, John. Terrorism, Jihad, and the Bible; A Response to the Terrorist Attacks. W. Publishing Group, 2001.
"September 11, 2001, saw the deadliest attack ever launched on American soil, and it has changed our lives forever. Thousands of American civilians were killed in a series of ruthless attacks planned and carried out by religious extremists. The roots of the conflict that led to the terrorist action may be traced all the way back to the Old Testament. The Bible therefore sheds much light on the religious and political issues that underlie the current turmoil. Meanwhile, our society is seeking spiritual answers with new earnestness. Why did God permit such a thing to happen? How can human beings be capable of such diabolical savagery in the name of religion? What is the right course of action for our government to take? Is retaliation, or even war, ever a righteous response? The Bible offers answers for these and many other questions arising out of the recent atrocities. In this book, John MacArthur explores these biblical answers and, in doing so, provides a comprehensive resource for people seeking settled answers for an unsettling time."
Manji, Irshad. A Muslim's Call for Reform in Her Faith, The Trouble With Islam Today. Random House Canada, 2003.
"I HAVE TO BE HOMEST WITH YOU, Islam is on very thin ice with me... Through our screaming self-pity and our conspicuous silences, we Muslims are conspiring against ourselves. We're in crisis and we're dragging the rest of the world with us. If ever there was a moment for an Islamic reformation, it's now. For the love of God, what are we doing about it? In this open letter, Irshad Manji unearths the troubling cornerstones of mainstream Islam today: tribal insularity, deep-seated anti-Semitism, and an uncritical acceptance of the Koran as the final, and therefore superior, manifesto of God's will. But her message is ultimately positive. She offers a practical vision of how Islam can undergo a reformation that empowers women, promotes respect for religious minorities, and fosters a competition of ideas. Her vision revises "ijtihad," Islam's lost tradition of independent thinking. In that spirit, Irshad has a refreshing challenge for both Muslims and non-Muslims: Don't silence yourselves. Ask questions -- out loud. The Trouble with Islam Today is a clarion call for a fatwa-free future."
Podhoretz, Norman. World War IV, The Long Struggle Against Islamofascism. Doubleday, 2007.
"In this book, "Podhoretz makes the first serious effort to set 9/11 itself, the battles that have followed it in Afghanistan and Irag, and the war of ideas that it has provoked at home into a broad historical context. Through a brilliant telling of this epic story, Podhoretz shows that the global war against Islamofascism is as vital and necessary as the two world wars and the cold war ("World War III") by which it was preceded. He also lays out a compelling case in defense of the Bush Doctrine, contending that its new military strategy of preemption and its new political strategy of democratization represent the only viable way to fight and win the special kind of war into which we were suddenly plunged.
Different in certain respects though the Islamofascists are from their totalitarian predecessors, this new enemy is equally dedicated to the destruction of the freedoms for which America stands and by which it lives. Bbut it took the blatant aggression of 9/11 to make most American realize that war had long since been declared on us and that the time had come to fight back. Past administrations, both Republican and Democratic, had failed to respond with appropriate force to attacks by Muslim terrorists on American citizens in various countries, and even the bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993 was treated as a criminal act rather than an act of war. All this changed after 9/11, when the whole country rallied around President Bush's decision to bring the war to the enemy's home ground in the Middle East.
The successes and the setbacks that have followed are vividly portrayed by Podhoretz, who goes on to argue that, just as in the two great struggles against totalitarianism in the twentieth century, the key to victory in World War IV will be a willingness to endure occasional reverses without losing sight of what we are fighting against, what we are fighting for, and why we have to win."
Ruffini, Joseph A., Lt. Colonel, U.S. Army (Retired). When Terror Comes to Main St., Archangel Group Inc., 2006.
"This book is "A Citizens' guide to terror awareness, preparedness and prevention." [It] "delivers the straight scoop about terrorism, the worst attacks yet to come and what common citizens must do now, individually and collectively, to prepare for and even prevent terror attacks in their communities."
Trifkovic, Serge. The Sword of the Prophet, Islam, History, Theology, Impact on the World, The Politically Incorrrect Guide To Islam, Regina Orthodox Press, 2002.
"We hear it said: "September 11 changed America forever." Less often do we hear a coherent explanation of what, exactly changed. What changed in fact, was that for the first time in American history we have been forced to confront Islamic militancy as it has assaulted the rest of the world for almost 14 centuries.
In THE SWORD OF THE PROPHET, the reader receives the unvarnished truth about the rise of Islam and the patterns set by its founder, Muhammad; the historical meaning of jihad against the (non-Muslim) "infidel" that we see today in the al-Qaeda terror network; the broad sweep of the global military, political, moral, and spiritual struggle that faces us; and what we must do if we wish to survive. The sober, factual, and contextual presentation found in this book is essential. Every person owes it to himself or herself to know the real score of the post-9/11 world -- and this invaluable volume is the place to start."
Spencer, Robert. The Truth about Muhammad, Founder of the World's Most Intolerant Religion. Regnery Publishing, Inc. 2006.
"In The Truth about Muhammad, New York Times bestselling author and Islam expert Robert Spencer offers an honest and telling portrait of the founder of Islam unbounded by fear and political correctness, unflinching, and willing to face the hard facts about Muhammad's life that continue to affect our world today.
Spencer details Muhammad's development from a preacher of hellfire and damnation into a political and military leader who expanded his rule by force of arms, promising his warriors luridly physical delights in Paradise if they were killed in his cause. He explains how the Qu'an's teaching on warfare against unbelievers developed -- with constant war to establish the hegemony of Islam law as the last stage.
Spencer also gives the truth about Muhammad's convenient "revelations" justifying his own licentiousness; his joy in the brutal murders of his enemies; and above all, his clear marching orders to his followers to convert non-Muslims to Islam -- or force them to live as inferiors under Islamic rule.
Recognizing the true nature of Islam, Spencer argues, is crucial. Every citizen (and policymaker) who loves freedom should read and ponder The Truth about Muhammad.
Steyn, Mark. America Alone.
America Alone: Soon to Be Banned in Canada? Maybe it's because America Alone is "alarmist" (according to Canada). Or maybe, just maybe, it's because Steyn proclaims the unspeakable, yet undeniable truth: the Western world is falling prey to the unrelenting tide of radical Islam, demographically and ideologically. And if we don't do something soon, one day we'll wake up to the end of the world as we know it: the end of church bells, replaced by the muezzin's call to prayer. The end of free speech, replaced by strict, religious-based censorship. The end of liberty and justice for all, replaced by Sharia law.
Think this can't happen? Guess again. The future, as Steyn shows, belongs to the fecund and confident. And the Islamists are both, while the West is looking ever more like the ruins of a civilization. All is not lost though: America can survive, prosper, and defend its freedom. But only if it becomes self-reliant, stays true to itself, and fights for the conviction that our country really is the world's last, best hope. If we don't stand for something, we'll fall for anything...Canada already has.
Wright, Robin. Sacred Rage, The Wrath of Militant Islam. Simon & Schuster, 1985.
"For a generation, Muslim extremists have targeted Americans in an escalation of terror that culminated in the September 11 attacks. Our shared confusion -- Who are the attackers? Why are we targets? -- is cleared away in a book as dramatic as it is authoritative.
Updated with new chapters on Afghanistan and the broader Islamic movement, Sacred Rage combines Robin Wright's extraordinary reportage on the Islamic world with an historian's grasp of context to explain the roots, the motives, and the goals of the Islamic resurgence. Wright talked to terrorists, militant religious leaders, and fighters from Beirut to Islamabad and Kabul. Their voices of rage reverberate here -- right up to the attacks in New York and Washington.
Across continents extends a challenge we fail to understand at our peril. Sacred Rage now casts light on the war being fought in the shadows."
Ye'or, Bat. Islam and Dhimmitude, Where Civilizations Collide. Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 3rd printing, 2005.
"The author "examines various religious and historical sources, using the term "dhimmitude" to describe their common history and legal status. The author has pioneered a new field of research, which she calls the "civilization of dhimmitude" (www.dhimmitude.org). The modern period until 2000 is broadly covered, including an analysis of the revival of the jihad ideology and the return of dhimmitude for Christians living under the shari'a. Describing their struggle within the context of international rivalries, she raises the possibility of a "dhimmitude of the West," while maintaining that reconciliation between Judaism, Christianity, and Islam cannot succeed without an asssessment of jihad and dhimmitude. This requirement is more essential than ever in the aftermath of 9/11, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the bombings in Madrid, London, and elsewhere, and the radicalization of the Muslim world. "
They Must Be Stopped is New york Times bestselling author Brigitte Gabriel's warning to the world: We can no longer ignore the growth of radical Islam -- we must act soon, and powerfully. Gabriel challenges our Western and politically correct notions about Islam, demonstrating why radical Islam is so deadly and how we can hold its progress. Brigitte Gabriel speaks her mind:
*fundamentalist Islam is a religion rooted in seventh-century teachings that are fundamentally opposed to democracy and equality.
*Radical Islamists are utterly contemptuous of all "infidels" (non-Muslims) and regard them as enemies worthy of death.
*Madrasses in America are increasing in number, and they are just one part of a growing radical Islamic army on U.S. soil.
*Radical Islam exploits the U.S. legal system and America's protection of religion to spread its hatred for Western values.
*America must organize a unified voice that says "enough" to political correctness, and demands that government officials and elected representatives do whatever is necessary to protect us.
Brigitte Gabriel has fearlessly faced down critics, death threats, and political correctness, and is one of the most sought-after terrorism experts in the world. They Must Be Stopped is her clarion call to action. Gabriel thoroughly addresses the historical and religious basis of radical Islam, its frightening encroachment into societies around the world, and its abuses of democracy in the name of religion.