Imperial Hubris by Michael Scheuer

Imperial Hubris

byMichael Scheuer

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Though U.S. leaders try to convince the world of their success in fighting al Qaeda, one anonymous member of the U.S. intelligence community would like to inform the public that we are, in fact, losing the war on terror. Further, until U.S. leaders recognize the errant path they have irresponsibly chosen, he says, our enemies will only grow stronger.

According to the author, the greatest danger for Americans confronting the Islamist threat is to believeùat the urging of U.S. leadersùthat Muslims attack us for what we are and what we think rather than for what we do. Blustering political rhetoric ôinformsö the public that the Islamists are offended by the Western worldÆs democratic freedoms, civil liberties, inter-mingling of genders, and separation of church and state. However, although aspects of the modern world may offend conservative Muslims, no Islamist leader has fomented jihad to destroy participatory democracy, for example, the national association of credit unions, or coed universities.

Instead, a growing segment of the Islamic world strenuously disapproves of specific U.S. policies and their attendant military, political, and economic implications. Capitalizing on growing anti-U.S. animosity, Osama bin LadenÆs genius lies not simply in calling for jihad, but in articulating a consistent and convincing case that Islam is under attack by America. Al QaedaÆs public statements condemn AmericaÆs protection of corrupt Muslim regimes, unqualified support for Israel, the occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan, and a further litany of real-world grievances. Bin LadenÆs supporters thus identify their problem and believe their solution lies in war. Anonymous contends they will go to any length, not to destroy our secular, democratic way of life, but to deter what they view as specific attacks on their lands, their communities, and their religion. Unless U.S. leaders recognize this fact and adjust their policies abroad accordingly, even moderate Muslims will join the bin Laden camp.

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Title:Imperial HubrisFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:June 30, 2004Publisher:Potomac Books Inc.Language:English

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ISBN - 10:1597973084

ISBN - 13:9781597973083


Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Truth behind 9/11 and Iraq This book tells the truth about why 9/11 and the Iraq war happened, namely the Amen Corner's passionate attachment to Israel. Its prescription for extrication is exactly what the Founding Fathers would recommend.
Date published: 2004-08-12