From Publishers Weekly
Conservative analyst and pundit Ehrenfeld contends that our image of terrorism is all wrong. Rather than shadowy cells of young, religious martyrs, the true face of terror, she says, is an international network of corrupt state leaders, superwealthy contributors, and drug and crime kingpins. Without money, especially laundered U.S. dollars, there would be no terror, and this lively, well-documented primer reveals the sources, the amounts and the armed terror organizations they support. Not surprisingly, the author of Narco-Terrorism is at her best on the ironies of the West's appetite for drugs, which terror groups exploit for funding, arms and recruiting those who would undermine a degenerate Western society. Some readers might be alienated or distracted by the author's exhaustive yet fascinating description of the activities and funding of the PLO, Hezbollah, Hamas and Islamic Jihad, which takes up nearly half the book. Reigniting the drug war and supporting Israel are Ehrenfeld's clear national security priorities, as are other policy initiatives like regime removal and economic sanctions for states sponsoring terrorism. But the Bush administration and a succession of U.S. and Western leaders are taken to task for "a willful blindness" to the role of the international oil and drug trades in funding terror and for "lacking the political will" to confront Saudi Arabia, Iran, Pakistan and other states for their "anti-Western agenda." Ehrenfeld's prescription for ending terrorism might depend on an unrealistic hope for immediate international cooperation, but this timely expos should heat up public demand for real progress in the war on terrorism.
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"Ehrenfeld...spells out in detail where the terrorists' money comes from.... Funding Evil will make you angry..." -- Human Events
"Funding Evil should be required reading for every elected and senior government official in the U.S. and Europe." -- Aviation Week & Space Technology
"This brilliant book has a simple message: if we fail to understand them and how they operate, they will win." -- Richard Perle, Resident Fellow, The American Enterprise Institute
"[A] lively well-documented primer
. This timely expose should heat up public demand for real progress in the war on terrorism." -- Publishers Weekly
Major contribution to our understanding of what policy measures are needed to thwart the financial underpinnings of this growing threat. -- Washington Times