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The Day of Islam: The Annihilation of America and the Western World Hardcover – April 3, 2007
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Islamic Jihadists have replaced the Soviets in the American nightmare of nuclear annihilation, and journalist/author Williams is back to report that such a scenario is closer at hand than one (or one's government) might think. Picking up where his last few titles left off (2006's Dunces of Doomsday, '05's The Al Qaeda Connection, '04's Osama's Revenge), Williams reveals the underlying narrative of news updates on terrorist activity, tying isolated acts to bin Laden's overall strategy to carry out an "American Hiroshima." Among profiles of purported Al Qaeda supporters (including Venezuela's Hugo Chavez and Brazil's Lula de Silva), Williams examines interesting items like bin Laden's alleged location(a small village in Pakistan's Northwest Frontier); Al Qaeda's purchase of a nuclear "suitcase bomb," a Soviet leftover; and the role of Pakistan's Interservice Intelligence in the beheading of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl (allegedly investigating nuclear trafficking between Al Qaeda and a Pakistani scientist). Though absorbing, Williams' approach reduces the proponents of Islamic jihad to violent, irrational stereotypes rather than exploring their worldview. A noteworthy guide to the workings of Islamic terrorism, this volume's colorful style obscures its serious intent.
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"Does al Qaeda presently have access to nuclear weapons? Does it have specific plans to use these weapons to attack the United States? These are the kinds of questions investigative reporter Williams addresses. [This book] focuses specifically on new evidence suggesting that al Qaeda has nuclear weapons and intends to use them against the United States in the near future. Williams argues that countries such as Canada, which have been open and accepting of Muslims, actually provide a setting in which radical Islamic groups can flourish. This interesting work offers a lot of information not found in other resources.... Recommended for public and academic libraries."
- Library Journal
"Islamic Jihadists have replaced the Soviets in the American nightmare of nuclear annihilation, and journalist/author Williams is back to report that such a scenario is closer at hand than one (or one's government) might think....absorbing...A noteworthy guide to the workings of Islamic terrorism."
- Publishers Weekly
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Of particular interest is the information presented on the Latin American connection with Al Qaeda, specifically Brazil, Venezuela, Trinidad/Tobago and Guyana. Sound familiar?
I highly recommend this book to anyone who wishes to have more information and a deeper understanding of how a terrorist network operates.
Here, Williams has provided a collection of extremely well documented facts concerning al Qaeda's purchases of a dozen or so suitcase sized nuclear devices and highly refined, weapons grade uranium--- to which most of the deficient mainstream press has given scant attention.
The general New Orleans population knew for over 30 years before Hurricane Katrina that Mississippi River and Lake Pontchartrain levees were old, weak, and desperately in need of reinforcement. But in 1977, Louisiana environmentalists defeated a long-planned, strategic U.S. Army Corps of Engineers overhaul of the system that would have included floodgates at two critical junctures to shore up the city against a Class 5 Hurricane and Gulf of Mexico storm surges that could otherwise inundate it---which, eventually, they did.
Today, the mainstream press, pays as little attention to both the basic Islamic theology underpinning al Qaeda ideology and the weapons it has amassed as it did to the the pending disaster that ultimately struck New Orleans.
And in a very sound analogy, Williams draws exactly this comparison. For it is well known in security circles that al Qaeda does have nuclear weapons, and does intend to use them. And it does not require a rocket scientist to determine the extent of the danger.
Yet, as Williams skillfully points out, supposedly competent journalists have totally bungled the story, lulling the American public and the West into believing the danger is far smaller than it really is.
This book should frighten all Americans, regardless of their religious or political persuasions. Beginning with the introduction of Jamal Ahmed al-Fadl, a disgruntled Somali al Qaeda informer (not mentioned even once by the 9/11 Commission), Williams methodically exposes the means by which al Qaeda acquired these arms---with help from Chechen Muslims, underpaid Russian soldiers, Spetsnaz security men, drug cartels, corrupt businessmen and former Soviet officials after the USSR meltdown.
Readers should find especially alarming how lax journalists have been about reporting the warnings of the late Russian General Alexander Lebed (and many others) concerning several dozens of special briefcase sized atomic warheads---perhaps even 100 or more---gone missing since 1992. Williams analyzes one particularly harrowing account in exacting detail: former Wall Street Journal and London Sunday Times reporter Richard Miniter's aptly titled book, Disinformation ---falsely claiming (without attribution) that experts had "authoritatively dismissed" the fact that a small nuclear device can be set off by a single person. Williams exactingly proves otherwise.
As a writer covering shari'a banking and terror financing, among other related subjects, I must unfortunately confirm alarming lack of education in the mainstream press on basic Islamic theology, ideology, war doctrine, tactics, technology and funding.
Williams' few and minor errors are entirely forgivable.
General press ignorance on these subjects, and the general press failure to attempt to report them correctly, are not.
--Alyssa A. Lappen
Even though it's a profound topic, it's very easy reading because it's broken into short(ish) segments with irresistable appeal. While each segment is interesting, in and of itself, there's wonderful continuity and Williams is able to weave these vignettes into a dynamic portrait of the true picture of where we are in America today and it's terrifying.
This book is a keeper.