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The Enemy (Kindle Single) Kindle Edition
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Hitch's essay should be read by anyone who appreciates clarity of thought on the bin Laden issue. He very convincingly posits al Qaeda as a new strand of Orwellian totalitarianism which must be challenged both intellectually and militarily. Indeed, his comparison of al Qaeda with fascism is spot on:
'al Qaeda explicitly calls for the establishment of a totalitarian system, in which an absolutist code of primitive laws - most of them prohibitions - is enforced by a cruel and immutable authority, and by medieval methods of punishment. In this system, the private life and the autonomous individual have no existence. That this authority is theocratic or, in other words, involves the deification and sanctification of human control by humans makes it more tyrannical'
Hitch lived just long enough to see the death of bin Laden. If Zero Dark Thirty shows us how it happened, this essay reminds us why it needed to happen.
This short pamphlet is as relevant today as it was when it was written.
Too many become apologists for aggression against the west whereas Hitchens puts it in clear terms the reasons why totalitarian and racist ideologies are the enemy.
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An OK read but not worth the money
Succinct and detailed.
A must read for anyone in need of clarity in the case for the war on terror.