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If you are to buy one book this year, this should be it. I don't think any British politician has written anything more to the point, more eloquently argued, or more restrained in years. The reviewer who claimed Gove is ignorant of Islamic theology, Middle East history and so forth should be made to sit an exam in the subject, where his or her own ignorance will surely be revealed. I have a PhD in the field and have taught and written extensively about it, and I have to say I found this exposition thoroughly accurate in its assessments. For a non-expert, Michael Gove has done his homework well, and I think no reader need fear being led down a primrose path. I was impressed by the author's command, not just of his subject, but of his emotions. Melanie Phillips's Londonistan tackles much the same issues and does so well; but Melanie can be strident and a little over the top; Gove, by way of contrast, remains in firm control. This is a wake-up call, but an intelligent, balanced, and relevant one. If you think Fukayama or Huntingdon seminal works on the modern international situation, you will do well to read Gove. In barely more than 100 pages he has said all that need be said on the subject of Islamic radicalism, its roots, its processes, and its aims. He has dug firmly into the abysmal record of the British Left and Centre, not as a gung-ho Tory, but as a liberal, a democrat, and a firm believer in the values of Western culture. That so many people still do not grasp the very real threat a radicalized Salafi Islam poses to the most important principles of Western democracy, from freedom of thought, speech, and religion, to the rights of women, gays, and religious minorities is itself a sign of how weak our culture has become. All this and more is analysed by Mr Gove with a very fine-cutting scalpel. Buy copies for yourself and your friends.
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Initial post: 11 Jan 2014 12:50:08 GMT
Dan Smith says:
I'm not sure about your review - two wrongs don't make a right and should we challenge the arab world and all it's problems?
In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jan 2014 13:43:24 GMT
I'm really not sure where your 'two wrongs' are. The West is not perfect, but that does not make it 'wrong' overall. The Islamic world has many good things, but it is much more imperfect than the West, in its intolerance, its violence, its antiSemitism, its persecution of religious minorities, its hatred of gays, its instability, its proneness to dictatorship, its lack of progress in the sciences, in its use of economic power, in its almost total inability to innovate, its oppression of women, its totally irrational hatred for Israel, the only democratic and rights-observant state in the region, its barbaric punishments. The West is nothing like that and can't be compared in the slightest. Whatever our faults, we make great efforts and we do far more good than any coalition of Arab or Muslim states. 'Two wrongs" - that's just silly.
In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jan 2014 14:37:35 GMT
Dan Smith says:
I agree with you - but I don't think Michael Gove writing what looks like a prose rant is going to help pour oil on troubled waters (so to speak).
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