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William Tucker’s review of The Looming Tower by Lawrence Wright was very well done, and I look forward to reading the book. However, Tucker makes a comment near the end of his review that calls for a response.
Tucker boldly states that “our conflict with Islam is not a war against a whole civilization. The jihadists are despised as much in their own countries as they are in the West.” I ask, where is the evidence to support this view? As Robert Spencer, Andrew Bostom, David Yerushalmi and others have persuasively argued, the ideology of jihad is rooted in Islamic theology, law, and culture. Unlike Communism, which Tucker analogizes to, “radical” Islam is not a purely intellectual construct but an organic outgrowth of Islam itself. Hence, whereas there was always a deep tension between communism and the pre-existing social and religious fabric of the countries that made up the Soviet Union, no similar tension exists between “radical” Islam and the Islamic countries where it thrives. Contrary to Tucker’s argument, “radical” Islam is not some alien ideology that is being foisted on the Muslim masses.
Speaking of these masses, the available evidence shows that they are quite sympathetic to the jihadists, and cheer each new act of anti-western terror. The notion that the average Muslim “despises” the jihadist is nothing more than wishful thinking on Tucker’s part.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?