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Brilliant account of both the rise and current basis of militant Political Islam, 10 Aug 2006
My habit of underlining key passages of good books was ruined by this short but brilliant book.
I found myself underlining whole pages!
Gove has written a concise and superbly argued account of not only political Islam and also its revolutionary ambitions (like Communism and Nazism before it) and the anti-Western appeasement that fosters it today.
This is not another trite history of Islamic terrorist movements, but a concise examination of the ideas and intellectual foundations of Political Islam. It is to this subject what Peter Watson's magnificent "A Terrible Beauty" was to 20th century history - an account not of mere events, but the ideas that underpinned them.
Gove's treatment of the role of Israel is superb. Over two chapters he carries out one of the most intellectually potent defences of Israel I have ever read.
His comments on Iran and Hezbollah are prophetic and extremely timely considering current events in Lebanon.
His analysis of the interplay and relationship between Western academics, the mainstream media, left wing politics and Islamism is outstanding.
I rate this as one of the best political books I have ever read.
It is up there with "Democracy in Europe" by Larry Siedentop and "Politics: A Very Short Introduction" by Kenneth Minogue as a "must read" for those who want a comprehensive understanding of Western values, the ideological threats to those values and the means to defend them.
Gove's thesis that global political Islam has is a standard issue 20th century revolutionary movement like Communism is utterly convincing. He demonstrates how all pretexts and supposed root cause grievances are mere devices used to throw off the western media and public.
Their real ambitions are stated openly for anyone willing to see: The creation of a neo-fascist totalitarian theocracy with all the trappings of "purification" "volk" and "inferior races" that are to blame for all woes.
Read this wonderful book. You will thank yourself.