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Surrender: Appeasing Islam, Sacrificing Freedom Paperback – May 4, 2010
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The majority of the conquered peoples were converted by force or policies of oppression and discrimination (dhimmitude) except in the cases of Spain, India and the Balkans where the indigenous faiths stood their ground, eventually reasserting themselves through counterconquest or independence. In Africa, Christian Ethiopia was protected by geography and fierce defenders. Bawer shows how the crusades were a reaction to Islamic incursions and covers the USA's first ever overseas war, the one with the Barbary pirates in the early 1800s. Today, the target is the West's civil liberties of which free speech tops the list.
It's now clear that the Salman Rushdie affair exposed the cowardice of western leaders and intellectuals, introducing an era of intimidation aimed at undermining our basic freedoms. The triumph of multiculturalism & political correctness and the decline of Christianity in Europe handed the Islamists a 5th column, a weapon and a vacuum to fill.Read more ›
This work is replete with examples of such instances from beginning to end, but in spite of the author's courage in writing this book, I note that the publisher saw fit to omit the cartoons that brought the most direct threats from the Muslim world. It seems like self-censorship is alive and well. Frankly I have seen much worse anti-Christian "works of art" in the US, but these were allowed to be publically displayed. I guess Christians aren't willing to murder people over such issues.
Not only is the entire theme timely and important, but so are several side points. The author mentions "dhimmitude" -- a concept that should be loudly proclaimed on our Government-controlled media (NBC and its various outlets and affiliates) and taught in our schools until every American understands what it means. Non-Muslims are not merely 2nd class citizens in Muslim countries under Sharia law; they pay an tax for the privilege of not being a Muslim, cannot fight a Muslim, and their oaths are not valid. Frankly their status is much lower than that of blacks in the US during the Jim Crow years. One must remember that the Qur'an definitely states that non-Muslims must be subordinate to Muslims and are not equal to Muslims in any sense. So much for "All men are created equal." In addition, we in the US should also know that the Turkish word for non-Muslims is the same as "cattle.Read more ›
Well-written, well-researched, "Surrender" is a must-read. Put down what you are reading now, and buy this book.
Bawer's status as an openly gay man (who has written on a broad range of subjects) gives SURRENDER a level of insight and authority shared by few other books on this issue. He can't be dismissed as a right-wing, redneck nut job, because he isn't. His writings on this topic don't stem from blind hatred of "the other," but from his conviction that our culture is worth preserving. If he had been writing in Europe during the 1930's, he would have launched cogent, compelling arguments against the Nazi party's growing influence.
Bawer paints a disturbing picture of what happens when we allow political correctness and self-imposed ignorance to dictate what we know about militant Islam. The worst moral offense, in the American mind, is to appear biased. But what's wrong with being biased against totalitarianism?
Bawer backs up his arguments with facts, and he never resorts to shrill name-calling or wild unsupportable accusations. He's very reasonable and well-informed. His message is clear: if those of us who value Western culture don't learn about our enemies, and how to defeat them, we will have no choice but to give up all of the freedoms we currently enjoy.
Much has happened since the publication of this book (the Fort Hood massacre and the Christmas/Underpants bomber are only two of the better-known examples); Bawer could probably publish annual revisions of SURRENDER for years to come. His focus in this volume is on the U.S., but he has also written about what's going on in Europe (WHILE EUROPE SLEPT).Read more ›
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Gary Bawer is an American expatriate literary critic and writer of renown. In his extensive writings, Mr. Read morePublished on December 6, 2013 by The Reviewer Formerly Known as Kurt Johnson
This book provides a refreshing look at religion versus the freedom of speech. Many of us that bend over backwards not to offend others often lose sight of the risks involved in... Read morePublished on June 4, 2013 by J P Koller
A disturbing, must-read for anyone who cares about the future of the world, this book will help you read between the lines of often misleading news articles about Muslims, and help... Read morePublished on April 13, 2013 by Keith L.
Many things are happening in our world today over which we have little control as voters. Te author has drawn our attention to some of those happeningsPublished on November 30, 2012 by John G. Kuyten
There are a number of books available on the threat fundamentalist Islamist ideology poses to Western societies. Read morePublished on June 27, 2012 by Amazon Customer
I have mixed feelings on this book. It is almost as if the author is screaming at the reader - it should have been written with "CAPS ON"! Read morePublished on January 17, 2012 by Mike B
It's no surprise that many critics and intellectuals have called Bawer's work "racism as criticism" and "a mix between hyperventilated subtlely racist remarks and outright... Read morePublished on July 8, 2011 by Antigone
A must read for any American who loves this country and wants to preserve it. It will make you think.Published on November 27, 2010 by Leif Peterson