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World War IV: The Long Struggle Against Islamofascism Hardcover – September 11, 2007
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While I am fundamentally in sympathy with his approach and believe that he rightfully sees the insidious intentions of a radical revolutionary fundamentalist Islam , I have reservations about his approach. One reason for this is that when we think of War we tend to think of great military forces in direct collision. True, the United States and the Soviet Union did not come to the ultimate face off, as the Allies did against the Axis but there were two massive military and political empires in direct contention.
Here there is , as Podhoretz is well aware of, an assymetrical situation. Therefore he sees it as a new kind of war, a new kind of struggle which is especially demanding in the propaganda and media spheres. As I understand it he reads the intentions of Radical Islam rightly. Whether it be the Sunni Salafi Wahhabite strains or the Shiite Messianic strains there is an ideology whose ultimate goal is putting all of Mankind under the flag of Islam. The rise in this regard of a radical Iran on the verge of nuclear weapons is at this moment a key and most threatening development in the overall struggle.
In regard to Iran Podhoretz is most forthright and persuasive.Read more ›
Hopefully, our Presidential candidates are reading similar books to avoid the grave and costly mistakes of their predecessors as detailed in this interesting, and highly readable foreign affairs book.
Some may bristle at the defense of Bush's foreign policy initiative, including his doctrine of preemptive defense. That aside, it provides a cogent and readable explanation for its underpinnings rather than the puerile name-calling that the left is prone to engage in.
World War IV does a very good job of describing our current struggle and the importance that we as a nation win in the battle against Islamofascism. Below is a description of two to the key chapters in World War IV.
Podhoretz's book does an excellent job of laying out the United States' foreign policy since WWII, describing the Truman Doctrine and the process of fighting WWIII, which was often referred to as the Cold War to Bush's current doctrine of how to fight WWIV. Chapter two "How We Emboldened the Terrorists" is an excellent chapter showing how President Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan (yes, even Reagan), H. W. Bush and Clinton appeased and/or ignored terrorist attacks on U.S. citizens and interests and how this indeed did embolden our enemy.
I believe chapter eleven, The Radicalization of the Democrats, is worth the price of the book alone. Podhoretz succinctly refutes the argument of "Bush lied and people died". After reading this chapter you will see why Podhoretz states "If, given all this, George W. Bush had failed to take action against Iraq, he would have been guilty of an egregious dereliction of his responsibility to `preserve, protect, and defend' this country `against all enemies, foreign and domestic' and for that he would truly have deserved to be impeached". (pg. 161). Two be fair, Podhoretz also addresses the right in chapter twelve, Defeatism on the Right.
Our current politicians and citizenry would benefit from reading this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very political - super pro Bush - uses parts of history to make one sided very biased view.Published 6 months ago by W. Atkinson
The first public awareness notice of the national security threat originating from radical Islam which the Obama administration is now acknowledging for the first time.Published 20 months ago by George VanZandt
This is worth a read as an example of how an intelligent man with sincere beliefs about serious concerns can become overly defensive when policies he believes in are under attack. Read morePublished 21 months ago by rampageous_cuss
Very interesting book. Gives one a lot to think about and pray over! Good read. Would recommend it as informative.Published 23 months ago by R. Webster
This book was copyrighted in 2007, and the Epilogue has a reference to September 11, 2006, so it was finished before the election of Mr. Read morePublished on September 22, 2013 by Ralph S. Thomas
Although Norman Podhoretz has many detractors and people who do not like his style, positions, etc., in this particular book he has an important message for all except extreme... Read morePublished on May 1, 2011 by Shalomy'all
Should be subtitled: There is no God but The United States of America, and W. is its prophet.Published on February 22, 2010 by Kenny Glass