The problem with Bawer is that he exploits too easily Europe's and American's ignorance of Islam (a community that is already viewed with suspicion and hostility) and exploits that with angry and hateful world view of an existential struggle against a major world religion, similar to Hitler's hateful view against Judaism.
To him anti-Semitism is justified (Arabs being Semitic) since European Muslims are guilty until proven innocent and are a fifth column wanting to establish their own rules. Forget that 92% of British Muslims say that there is nothing contradictory about being a
`British' and a `Muslim' and many Muslim Brits serve in the Southern Iraq.
He would rather focus on the 2% of the 8% who say Britain is at war with Muslims, instead of the overwhelming majority to justify her sweeping generalizations about one of the three Abrahamic religions.
In that spirit, the book seems to capitalize on European resentment and even seek to justify what would be otherwise a morally repugnant view against an outsider.
Pity the people who are being bombarded with "experts on Islam" like "Mad Mel" Phillips, Bawer, Douglas Murray in the UK and druggie Limbaugh in the US with cookoo Coulter (the witches of 9/11) whose sole motivation is getting on the best sellers list and making a few bucks, and being paraded on conservative, right-wing talk show (mostly Murdoch and Clear Channel owned).