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AMERICA ALONE: The End of the World As We Know It Paperback – April 7, 2008
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This title is the "New York Times" bestseller - now in paperback. In "America Alone", Mark Steyn uses his trademark wit, clarity of thought and flair for the apocalyptic, Mark Steyn to argue that America is the only hope against Islamic Terrorism. Steyn addresses the singular position in which America finds itself, surrounded by anti-Americanism on all sides. He gives us the brutal facts on these threats and why there is no choice but for America to fight for the cause of freedom - alone.
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Ardent leftists will, no doubt, give their full effort to dismantling the premise without actually attacking the argument, but I encourage anyone who cares about politics, religion, or international affairs to read this well-done book. Even if you spend the entire time trying to find holes in the argument, its still an enjoyable read.
Unfortunately it's already a little dated, and things have gotten MUCH worse.
How much worse do they have to get before we wake up ?
If you're at all familiar with his humorous, sarcasm and tongue cheek speaking style in a British accent....you'll be able to hear that voice in every line he writes. Steyn is a very astute observer of our political condition, society and his welcome commentary on these subjects, with his own personal stamp, will not disappoint the reader. Plus.. he's easier to take than Coulter or Malkin! /grin
The themes are bang on, as relevant today as ever before. It's also the stuff we do not want to hear. We want to believe that all of us are wrapped in the same silken covers. We will protect each other from the cold, and the wind and freezing rain. But with our Muslim brothers, that's not how they see it. We are not going to be co-survivors on a futuristic Noah's Ark.
Steyn does provide a roadmap on how to reform Islam from the inside. Most points are realistic, but not a single reform has occurred anywhere in the Islamic World.
The probabilities of reform did look good during the period of the 'Arab Spring', but Syria, ISIS & the weakness of the leaders of the USA and Europe towards the daily terror threats, have turned parts of the West into Police States. Rather than hearing stark responses from EU leaders on the nature of the problem, a million refugees have entered it's porous borders, with the EU providing succor to the next generation of jihadists from within their ranks.
We in the West seek to understand the meaning of life in an enlightened way, valuing all cultures as relevant to the human experience. Perhaps the continual dripping of innocents' blood, intrusions into our civilized, sane World, by callous and crippled savages, will lead us to reconsider our premises. If our argument on understanding the role of jihad can't stand the test of reason, then we are following the wrong premise.