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The Terrorist Next Door: How the Government is Deceiving You About the Islamist Threat Hardcover – May 2, 2011
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THE TERRORIST NEXT DOOR
Erick Stakelbeck knows what makes radical Islamic terrorists tick. He knows what motivates them, how they plot, plan, and operate, and how they infiltrate our society to threaten our nation. Every American who cares about tomorrow needs to read The Terrorist Next Door now.”—Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North, USMC (Ret.), bestselling author of American Heroes in Special Operations
The Terrorist Next Door could not be more timely. As the U.S. Congress, tasked by the American public, is attempting to identify the threat of jihadi penetration of the country, Erick Stakelbeck produces the ultimate reader on how jihadist enclaves are expanding inside the United States. The author uses his exclusive on-the-ground experiences as a correspondent in the U.S. and Europe to dish out the hard facts about the Islamists’ ideology and their infiltration of the very heartland of America. A must-read.”—Dr. Walid Phares, Congressional advisor on counter-terrorism and author of Future Jihad: Terrorist Strategies against America
In The Terrorist Next Door, Erick Stakelbeck has done a great job of capturing the essence of today’s threat to our liberties from the followers of authoritative Islam. His experience and research make this a very important book for every American at a critical time in our history. ” —Lieutenant General William G. Jerry” Boykin (Ret.), former Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence
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Also, you may want to break out your highlighter, to highlight the salient points, and the're many, and your pen and notebook to take some notes.
I am sure, that once this book charts higher as it sells, and therfore becomes a threat to those who are politically correct, you will begin to see negative reviews popping up...all the more reason to get the book and read it.
I am also sure that once the politically correct read this review, they will slam me with all the vitriol that they are able to muster...that is OK, because they can't present a cogent argument against the material/facts, so they must, per usual, resort to hyperbolic attack. Thing is, you can't suppress the truth, and that is what this book contains.
Stackelbeck spent a large amount of time going right to the sources--terrorists and the anti-terroroists alike--and asking them the poigniant questions (no soft-balls here), as he relates in the book. Talk about primary sources!
Like me, you will feel some emotion while reading this book--anger, frustration, saddness, bewilderment--being PO'd! Hopefully, you will feel motivated to affect change to make sure that the terrible potential, which is illustrated clearly, never be realized.
Complacency is the lubricant for the vehicle of those who see us as enemies and seek our destruction, or at best our capitualtion, hence servitude/slavery, via the jizya, which is a crushing tax imposed upon non-believers.
A few tidbits from the book so far...the word Taqiyya--the Islamic concept of deception...Muslims are permitted to lie to non-Muslims if the lie furthers the cause of Islam. Something to keep in mind the next time you see a representative of one of their front groups speaking in the Media...and yes, he does point out who those groups are...names, acronyms and spokespeople
The Muslim Brotherhood "formed a nucleus with support from Nazi Germany and the German military intellegence...helped create the 'secet apparatus,' as their military terrorist wing."
The new modus operandi of terrorism, is what Stackelbeck call the "Chip Away" strategy...while still planning the "Big One," they are planning smaller scale attacks, with greater frequency...these are low tech, cheap, little manpower, that inflict immense carnage, psychological terror, economic damage...can be carried out in smaller cities as well as big cities.
They target for recruitment, by selling the ideology of martyrdom, the young, male, unemployed, homeless, and those who feel hopelessness about their future, while promising loads of cash to the families of those who choose to die in the name of Allah.
Got your attention?
This could easily turn into a long laundry list of extracts from the book...but, as I said above, just get it and read it for yourself...you won't be disapointed...and then, you can write your own review, with other points from the book.
Enough said...now I have to get back to my reading!
THE TERRORIST NEXT DOOR simply connects the dots on some issues that, quite frankly, many people choose to ignore. Stakelbeck notes that as we approach the 10-year anniversary of 9-11, the anti-American rhetoric of radical Islamists coming from within our borders has increased. Large Muslim communities within the United States are spreading everywhere, even in the most unlikely locales (the Deep South) and Stakelbeck suggests that these communities are the likely springboards for future terrorist attacks. While the author provides plenty of detail on the erratic behavior emanating from these communities, he also clearly illustrates how America's obsession with political correctness not only emboldens, but helps the Islamist cause, THE TERRORIST NEXT DOOR is an effort to expose what many Americans either ignore or refuse to believe ... that terrorists are logically recruiting and planning future attacks right under our noses, with impunity.
Although a fair portion of THE TERRORIST NEXT DOOR is comprised of major news stories that will be familiar to most, Stakelbeck digs deeper to make his case by providing plenty of additional eye-opening information that is apparently not "press-worthy". The author details accounts of visiting known Muslim enclaves in various parts of the country to speak directly to leaders about anti-American sentiments, jihad, Israel, etc. And while Stakelbeck was met with anticipated suspicion or avoidance from the leaders, what he saw outside these conversations was another story. One particular visit to a large Muslim market revealed a massive display of merchandise (CDs, DVDs, books, shirts, posters, etc.) promoting Anwar al-Awlaki. Such homage to the American-born "spiritual leader" (suspected of organizing numerous acts of terror in the US, including the Fort Hood massacre) would be expected in a place like Pakistan ... but not in Falls Church, Virginia. Yet, this is what Stakelbeck reveals, the brazen displays of hatred toward Americans and Jews accompanied by open adulation of known terrorists ... right here in the United States (and the market owner even admitted the merchandise was displayed because the items were hot sellers). The author provides ample and well-sourced evidence to reveal incident-after-incident of mounting evidence that all is not well in many American Muslim communities. Adding to the problem, Stakelbeck believes, is the familiar pattern of local, state and federal authorities failing to intervene or even monitor the activities of some individuals and groups in fear of labeling/profiling/negatively stereotyping ... or offending. To add balance and support to his work, the author interviews with both current and former jihadists who speak candidly about how Islam specifically dictates a global Islamic caliphate. Interviews, past and present history and specific references throughout the Koran are used by Stakelbeck to support his claim that the internal threat is real. More importantly, it is the words and actions of the terrorists themselves that the author provides as evidence of their true intentions. Perhaps the most disturbing aspect is our government and our society's penchant for kowtowing to suspected terrorists and terrorist groups in an effort to avoid offending Muslims as a whole (even though most terrorists ARE Muslim). The author points out the possibility that the efforts to avoid offending some may likely lead to the deaths of others. While this scare-tactic approach may turn some people off, the author provides enough factual evidence that should enlighten most that a serious problem may exist in this country or at least stir up some degree of concern.
As with most books that fall into the category of politics, this book is likely to be blindly lauded by one group and widely panned by another for no substantive reason, other than the book's topic or its title. The author's job with CBN (Christian Broadcasting Network) will surely raise hackles as well, but it shouldn't for two reasons: 1) the crux of the author's argument is supported by facts, not opinion or ideology and 2) interpreting the book relies heavily on common-sense and one doesn't need to follow a particular political party to acknowledge the multitude of threats against the United States as well as the multitude of attempts to follow through with those threats ("death by a thousand cuts"). I think the author is trying to make a simple point that maybe we should take the words of these terrorists seriously and not marginalize their potential to deliver the death and misery they are promising us, because the arena of conflict is no longer confined to the Middle East.