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5.0 out of 5 stars Important and timely, October 17, 2006
This review is from: America Alone: The End of the World as We Know It (Hardcover)
Mark Steyn, like P.J. O'Rourke, is an extraordinarily insightful and witty communicator who is not only an artist in the tapestry he weaves with words, but who has keen and piercing discernment into one of the most pressing issues of our time: the shockingly rapid and rabid advance of virulent violence in the name of religion.

Thankfully, unlike many lily-livered and wrong-headed authors of today, Steyn does not grant moral equivalency between faiths that promote peace and love, with faiths that promote hatred and terror. Steyn tells it like it is, and focuses on the real, specific threat to us all: the spread of Islamist extremism (differentiated from peace-loving Muslims). This aggressive terror movement quite literally threatens the very existence of Western Civilization and the freedoms of every single person reading this review.

Having been to Europe on several occasions, including recently, I can say that Steyn's observations about the encroaching threat are right on. Recently, French law enforcement officials have gone so far as to call for help, noting that what Islamist extremists and hoodlums are waging against them in France is an actual intifada. The Netherlands, also overwhelmed with angry immigrants who refuse to assimilate, is likewise facing an epic clash of cultures. In the UK, key cities are on the brink of becoming majority Muslim--a frightening percentage of whom believe that terrorism is a viable, moral option.

Could this happen in America? In fact, the seeds have already been planted. If you have been unaware or dismissive of this fact, then you absolutely must get Steyn's book and read it immediately.

This is not a book about partisanship. Whether one is a "conservative" or a "liberal," if you love America; if you love your family; if you love freedom...you owe it to yourself and your loved ones to get informed and get involved.

This is not a book of racism or bigotry. Steyn does not attack an ethnic group or, specifically, those who practice the Muslim faith. In fact, he sheds light on why Islamist extremism is the greatest danger to Muslims in the world today. (It should be noted that more Muslims and Arabs have been killed and persecuted and enslaved by Islamofacism than any other force.)

Some commentators and comedians casually dismiss or minimize the threat that we all face. For those of us who are Baby Boomers and Xers, it is perhaps deeply ingrained into our nature to pooh-pooh any talk of menace or serious threats to our way of life; this faulty mindset is born out of decades of complacency and relative peace. What is looming on the horizon is simply inconceivable to many. But then again, so was Pearl Harbor. And so was 9/11.

For the sake of the world--including moderate Muslims--it is vital that America (and all of the virtues for which it stands) wins in this struggle. It's high time to refute all of the self-loathing America-hating, traitorous professors and pundits here in this country, and the Euro-weenie hand-wringers on foreign shores, who blame the USA for all of the ills on the planet. Say it loud and clear: the USA has been an overwhelmingly postive force for good in this world, and it's survival is crucial for the prosperity of many nations and peoples.

War has been declared and waged against us; we ignore it at our own peril.
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Initial post: Feb 16, 2007 7:18:27 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 16, 2007 7:19:15 PM PST
Paging, Dr. Emil . . .

Along with David McCune's spotlighted take on this terrific book, this particular review is, I think, the most intelligent and well-balanced (even if it WAS posted by a dirty rotten scoundrel from Jimmy Buffett country). Check out this writer's other balanced reviews -- they're all great! (My "helpful" votes haven't been showing up lately, so this is my attaboy!)

Mark Blackburn
Winnipeg Manitoba Canada

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 11, 2007 12:17:38 PM PDT
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Posted on Sep 16, 2007 5:09:12 PM PDT
Richard Gay says:
Treason is bad, and dissent is ok, m'kay? But treason and dissent are not the same thing. What you call treason may simply be lack of perspective. You made a sweeping statement; you need to back that up with details, and if not willing in the space of a review, then either direct us to your detailed blog or refrain from such broad-brush work in reviews.

Posted on Sep 16, 2007 10:07:55 PM PDT
"It's high time to refute all of the self-loathing America-hating, traitorous professors and pundits here in this country,.."

This book is now ranked #409,238 in Sales on Amazon - doing considerably worse than say, "Strawberry Shortcake at the Beach" which ranks #165,220. Good luck getting your message out.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 21, 2007 6:34:02 AM PDT
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Posted on Sep 21, 2007 4:23:59 PM PDT
Dr Emil, please could you name the cities in England which are becoming majority muslim? The muslim population of England is less than 3%. What is the real agenda here? In terms of murderous religions, christianity is far far ahead of islam in the numbers slaughtered in the name of its God, although you should remember that both religions have the same God. It's disappointing to read that obviously intelligent people have either great ignorance of the reality of the world around them or are promoting an agenda which calls for a new crusade of violence against people because they are different from you. Steyn treats Muslims as one indivisible bloc "the Muslims" (part of the ignorance which led to the mess in Iraq) then he demonises this group. There are terrorists out there for real, people who bomb and kill and kidnap other people for political aims, but lets not forget that's also done in the name of our States. We bomb and kill as well for our political aims. We have trigger happy private armies killing familys in Iraq, but.. because it's us, white Christians.. then thats ok.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 26, 2007 8:35:50 AM PDT
Y. Gonzalez says:
Being a tourist doesn't count as far as travel. And if you don't support your own country than don't live there. No country on earth is a paradise. BUT, people who go around pooh-poohing the USA need to reflect one reality. If we're really the bad guys, why after 9/11 did we bother to even send troops to Afghanistan? One destroyer would have been sufficient to turn that country into a dustbin. And if we wanted Saddam gone, park a carrier task force in the Persian Gulf and lay waste to the entire country. Yeah USA is murderous? So ask yourself why we're so restrained when we have enough firepower (sans nukes) to level the planet.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 7, 2007 9:14:23 PM PST
LameBear says:
Before you call anyone else an "idiot", learn the difference between "your" and "you're". While you're at it spend some of your time on there, their, they're as well.

Posted on Apr 27, 2008 7:27:43 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 27, 2008 8:15:59 AM PDT
"Recently, French law enforcement officials have gone so far as to call for help, noting that what Islamist extremists and hoodlums are waging against them in France is an actual intifada" unquote

..well I have not read the book, but I just happened to find the above quoted comment.

I am French , I live in France, and I don't know where you got that comment from, unless it was from the arch conservatives here.

Like all countries with a strong immigration and a strong Colonial History, France has its difficulties assimilating part of these formerly second class "children of France".

Some (a very tiny, if at times loud, minority) among the less-favoured from arabic origin tend to find a new identity in a radical understanding of Islam.

But to go from there and extrapolate a soon-to-come takeover of France by radical islamists is quite a leap of imagination: this is precisely the discourse of the Ultra Right conservatives in Europe.

French have a very different understanding of Religion than most Americans do.

We believe that religious beliefs or orientations belong to the private sphere, and that Government shall have nothing to do whith it, apart from making sure that everybody can practice whatever they believe in in peace.

Hundreds of years of religious wars, massacres, and bloodbaths of all sorts have taught us that things are better that way.

You will never see any french Official taking an oath on a Bible...

On the other hand, the French enacted a strong law to curb the rising "popularity" of the islamic veil., considering that it expressed a radical interpretation of Islam, and was akin to feminine oppression.

But the law attacked all visible signs that could be soundly interpreted as religious proselytism: among them, ostensible crucifix and cross, sikh's head dress, etc...

There was no question of focusing exclusively on the Islamic symbols...

Also, so that you can reassess yr understanding of French immigration problems in a more sophisticated way, you may be interested to know that there is a strong, very popular and very effective association named "Ni Putes Ni Soumises" (which would translate as "Neither a Bitch Nor a Slave") which objective is precisely to watch for any tentative to impose radical Islamist beliefs (including the forced wearing of the veil..) or postures among the feminine population of the suburbs

As for some religions promoting peace, and some other (presumably Islam in Dr Emil view..) promoting war and hatred, I'll let you ponder on the famous words of Simon de Montfort, in charge of the Christian Crusade against the Albigeois (a dissenting Christian cult) when asked by one of his lieutnant how they would be able to distinguish
between "good" and "bad" Christians when sacking the city of Carcassone.

His answer: "Kill them all, God will sort them out"....

In reply to an earlier post on May 13, 2008 11:43:21 PM PDT
D. Fafarman says:
I was not familiar with the Crusade against the Albigeois, so I went and read up on it. It is indeed an appalling story and lends credence to the criticism of the Crusaders.

But it's odd that you say, "French have a very different understanding of Religion than most Americans do," and then your description of this "very different understanding" is no different from the First Amendment in our Bill of Rights (which we Americans do take quite seriously). I would call that a strawman.
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