Book Review: The Fight of Our Lives

“A lesson here is instructive. When President Ronald Reagan spoke of the Soviet Union as the evil empire and was criticized by the international foreign policy establishment for saying such words, two big and important things happened: (1) the Soviet Union became no more aggressive than it all ready had been, and (2) the dissidents in the Soviet Union were, for the first time in years, emboldened and given hope. Here is how former-soviet prisoner Natan Sharansky put it in an interview some years later when asked what it meant to him and his fellow prisoners when President Reagan so labeled the Soviet Union: …It was one of the most important, freedom-affirming declarations, and we all instantly knew it. For us, that was the moment that really marked the end for them, and the beginning for us. The lie had been exposed and could never, ever be untold now.” Pg. 95-96

The book begins with the terrorist attack at Fort Hood and continues to detail the egregious error in white washing Islam and exposes the journey we’ve taken as a society in trying to “understand” grievences instead of calling out the evil. We’ve proudly asserted ourselves as enlightened when in truth we have lost our heroes and our country lacks any unity or loyalty to it’s own glorious history preferring to put it down in the classrooms and in the public eye. The book writes strong with a ring of truth in its words and takes on the debate whether Islam is a religion of peace or not.

As if this were not quite enough, Secretary Napolitano’s first comments about this attack on the Sunday news shows were, incredibly, “The system worked” and “Everything happened that should have.” The “system” that worked was a single good-willed and brave civilian passenger from the Netherlands. The rest of the “system” let a known radical board a plane with a bomb. Incompetence, disregard, dismissal, and appeasement marked this situation from beginning to end. We use appeasement deliberately. The adminstration’s rhetoric ratcheted down evil and terrorism, ignoring its fuel and cause. –  Pg. 76-77

Bennett and Leibsohn detail most of the terrorist attacks around the world and investigates its roots. He also talks about our dangerous amnesia where Islam is concerned. The academic world seems to have a love affair for Islam.

“Less attention has been paid, however, to happenings in academia and at certain intellectualized levels of government at the time. To take but one example from academia, covered by Paul Berman of New York University, in 2004 Notre Dame offered a professorship to Tariq Ramadan, an Islamic scholar from Europe. Europe, and his 1999 book, To Be a European Muslim, followed by his 2001 book, Islam, the West, and the Challenges of Modernity, gained certain credible attention for him. As one prominent profile of Ramadan in the New York times would sum up the conventional academic view of his scholarship, Ramadan offers “a reasoned but traditionalist approach to Islam” based on “values that are as universal as those of the European Enlightenment.” labeled him “one of the most important intellectuals in the world,” and Time numbered him as one of the top 100 scientists and thinkers of the world.”

He continues, “Ostensibly this was the same reading of Ramadan the faculty and administration at Notre Dame had. But there was one big problem for Ramadan and the university: the State Department revoked his visa on ideological grounds for, among other things, giving financial support to terrorist organizations and for saying things such as, “Iraq was colonized by the Americans. The resistance against the army is just,” when asked his views on car bombings targeting U.S. Soldiers in Iraq. But he had a record of saying more innocent-sounding things as well.” According to Bennett and Leibsohn as of the printing of the book, Tariq Ramadan teaches at Oxford University. “And now, should academics try again in America, they can have him. As of this writing, Secretary of State Hilary Clinton has lifted the ban on his visa to the United States.”

It packs a punch in the mere 153-pages (not counting the notes and index). It’s worth reading and I hope it serves as a wake-up call to those people who buy into the liberal worldview. If you don’t agree with me, I encourage you to read this book and dispute it in another review.
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