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The West's Last Chance: Will We Win the Clash of Civilizations? Paperback – August 1, 2006
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The author begins by exposing our disorganized and weak response which he attributes to a flaw of human nature: we tend to forget the past and focus on the present. The Islamic threat we face today is not just Osama and a few thousand followers; in the 15th century Islam overwhelmed Bulgaria, Serbia, Constantinople, Persia, Greece, and struck at the heart of Europe until King John Sobieski stopped them at the gates of Vienna in 1683.
He points out that the Protestant Reformation only became possible with the invention of the printing press, and that Islamic radicals are utilizing the internet to further their cause in a similar way. Now aspiring terrorists can train in virtual camps and learn terrorism without having to set foot in a physical training camp. I myself have read the Al-Qaeda terror training manual which is available through a quick internet search.
Blankley draws an intriguing parallel between our situation today, and that of the America Indians and the first European settlers centuries ago. The situation was similar; in both cases they were not formally at war and even cooperated with each other at times. The Indians, he points out, could have easily held on to their heritage if they had recognized the threat of Europeans to their lifestyle, because while there were only hundreds of Europeans at first, there were thousands of Indians with superior knowledge of the land.Read more ›
Blankley details how only very few media pundits, government officials or elite members in the West are willing to acknowledge the profound nature of this challenge. The problem is particularly acute in Europe, where several generations' worth of social and cultural policies of denigrating nationalism and Christianity - all driven by a mistaken belief that it was these forces that caused World Wars I and II - have "slowly morphed into a surprisingly deep self-loathing of Western culture that has denied the instinct for cultural and national self-defense." The situation in the United States is not nearly as grave, although there is a concerted effort by the proponents of multi-culturalism and civil liberties absolutists to oppose all government policies that can be used to tackle the Islamist threat. In any case, if the Islamization of Western Europe, described by Blankley and a few other prescient scholars, succeeds, the U.S. would be facing the gravest geo-political threat in its history.
The book does, however, end on a position note, with the author arguing that with the appropriate U.S. leadership, both Europe and the United States can win this clash of civilizations.
"The West's Last Chance: Will We Win the Clash of Civilizations?" (232 pages) starts with the premise that at this very minute we are at the dawn of yet another "battle to the death" confrontation by Islam on the Christian-based societies of Europe and America. If you can't buy into that basic premise, this book will annoy you to no end. If, however, you buy into the premise, Blankley has a lot of interesting, if not provoking, theories. Thus Blankley says that the concept of the war on terror is deeply flawed, as "we are facing a challenge of immigration, cultural aggression, and a conflict of values, religions, and lifestyles." Blankley goes into detail on how the current Islam thread is akin to the rise of Nazi-fascism in the 30s: "Just as the Nazis reached back to German mythology and the supposed Aryan origins of the German people, the radical Islamists reach back to the founding ideas of their religious culture." Blankley also goes into detail about the many problems posed by the massive Islam immigration into Europe in the last several decades, describing as an example how Malmo, Sweden's population is now 25 percent Islam, and what it has done to the city. In the last part of the book, Blankley offers several potentially controversial ideas on how to win this battle. You'll want to read it for yourself...Read more ›
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Tony Blankley is an experienced political commentator and author, not to mention a UCLA-trained lawyer. In this fascinating 2005 book, Mr. Read morePublished 21 months ago by The Reviewer Formerly Known as Kurt Johnson
This work is not a like or dislike situation. I marked it "I love it" because I was happy with the purchase and its procedure. Read morePublished on August 18, 2013 by J. Sims
Tony Blankley has dropped the glove of challenge on the misnamed "War on Terror." The reader can not help but draw the conclusion that the battle being waged by Islamist militants... Read morePublished on October 30, 2012 by T. Martin Koller
The author identifies the problem of radical Islam, which any rational person would agree with.
Incorrect assumption 1: Fertility increases with religiosity. Read more
Blankley is generally pessimistic about the success societies will have with accommodating to multiculturalism and homogenizing different groups and viewpoints. Read morePublished on January 27, 2009 by Jim Wilder
In the '20s a certain person sitting in a prison finished a similar book on an other threat posed by a "homogeneous group of people", and about the clash of civilizations. Read morePublished on August 19, 2007 by A. Donaszi