- Hardcover: 230 pages
- Publisher: Doubleday Books; First Edition edition (11 Sept. 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0385522215
- ISBN-13: 978-0385522212
- Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 2.4 x 24.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,341,620 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
World War IV: The Long Struggle Against Islamofascism Hardcover – 11 Sep 2007
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About the Author
NORMAN PODHORETZ is now editor at large for Commentary magazine, of which he was editor in chief for thirty-five years. He is also an adjunct fellow of the Hudson Institute and the author of numerous bestselling books, including Making It, Breaking Ranks, Ex-Friends, My Love Affair with America, and The Prophets.
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Nazism was defeated thanks to a generation of Americans and Brits who throwed in their lives in the course of human dignity.
Soviet Communism collapsed at last. The internal contradictions were too huge to comprehend for the system at large. - To help the system on its way to the "ash heap of history" were the firmness of the U.S., expressed through President Ronald Reagan.
The third World War came to an end in 1989. It's Podhoretz' term for the longlasting "Cold War" which at times were quite hot.
World War IV began in September 11, 2001. Once again an allover war started with an unprovoked attack on the United States. "War On Terror" was President Bush's initial message to the world and the West's enemy number one: the Islamofascists.
The attacks on Western capitalist democracies have displayed various colors as a signal banner: red, black/brown, and green. But they all. Communists, fascists, National Socialists, and Islamofascists display an absorbing contempt for human life.
Norman Podhoretz calls in this superb analysis for an awakening to soberness. Can the generation, in the free world to day, live up to their forebears in their determination to fight evil? Or has defaitism overruled all conscience? Are the Europeans on their way to surrender to dhimmitude? Are America alone in her fight against humanity's enemies? The answer is blowing in the wind.
Well now we a this fantastic new book by Norman Podhoretz which gives an unapologetic defense of the Bush Doctrine and a razor-sharp rebuke to his sneering critics. World War IV is the fight against Islamofascism (with the Cold War being World War III). Podhoretz believes it will require heavy sacrifices and patient resolve. President Bush has demonstrated tremendous resilience. Yet a massive failure of nerve and defeatist mentality, seems to afflict most of the opinion-making elite in America. Considering the level of defeatism in the liberal press, among public intellectuals and among the political leadership, it is perhaps even more amazing that so many young Americans have answered the call and donned the uniform in the post 9-11 era.. Podhoretz writes: "In their determination, their courage, and their love of country, they are by all accounts a match, and more than a match, for their forebears of World War II and World War III."
Defending Bush against the claim that he `failed to make the case' for removing Saddam, Podhoretz carefully documents the many instances in which Bush did exactly that. Was Saddam Hussein contained within his `box', as Clinton was fond of arguing? Bush answered this argument in 2002. "Containment is not possible," he told West Point officers, "when unbalanced dictators with weapons of mass destruction can deliver these weapons or missiles or secretly provide them to terrorist allies."
Did Bush claim that the threat from Saddam was "imminent"? No, he said the exact opposite, "If we wait for threats to fully materialize, we will have waited too long. . . The war on terror will not be won on the defensive."
Did Bush fail to appreciate the wisdom of the `realist' school of foreign policy? No, he looked at and considered their approach. But ultimately rejected it. "For decades free nations tolerated oppression in the Middle East for the sake of stability. In practice, this approach brought little stability and much oppression, so I have changed this policy." This is part of the neoconservative philosophy which he adopted - the Freedom Agenda.
Podhoretz replies to those who have accused Bush of naivete in promoting democracy in the Middle East. Yes, elections have brought Hamas to power in the Palestine, gave the Muslim Brotherhood seats in the Egyptian parliament and provided Hezbollah a share of power in Lebanon. However, the Arab dictatorship stranglehold is over in the region and other leaders are fearful. Podhoretz adds on the Hamas-Brotherhood question, that "bad as this option may have been by certain political standards, it was -- and still is -- marked by more than a touch of nobility." Natan Sharansky has eloquently stated the case for freedom in the Middle East too, in his classic book, which has had a profound influence on Bush and others.
This superb book is a lightning-bolt of moral clarity and a call for resolve and patience in this new World War. No doubt it will be lambasted and attacked by the hard Left, soft Left and isolationist right, who just don't see the threat, understand the threat or in some cases, sympathize with the threat. I suspect the John Bolton, Newt Gingrich and Rudy Giuliani endorsements are enough to make some people cringe but as far as I can see, these people can see totalitarian evil when it faces them and are willing defend civilzation - unlike some other Moveon.org backed politicians I could mention.
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Podhoretz's idea is that the "war on terror" is a righteous conflict between democracy and "Islamofascism," a rubric he suggests covers both the totalitarian socialism of the Baathists and the fundamentalism of militant Islamists, along with the grab-bag of nativist, nationalist, and sectarian Muslim extremists fighting in the world today. Podhoretz depicts them as a seamless enemy hostile to democratic and humanitarian ideals of western civilization, and thus must be aggressively confronted at every opportunity.
Podhoretz is an intelligent, articulate, and well-connected man of affairs, and has been in a position to know a great deal more about the planning and execution of the "war on terror" than most of his critics, many of whom would depict it as a monstrosity of jingoistic gunboat diplomacy with a subtext of enhancing the power of partisan politicians and enriching politically-connected businessmen. I think those critiques are partisan and oversimplified, but nevertheless there IS some truth to them.
Podhoretz's argument simply doesn't convince me. True, western ideals of democracy ARE under serious attack - by western idealists as much as anybody - and attempts to control people through violence cannot be tolerated - a principle that cuts both ways. We've been through all this many times now - violent and cruel acts, intended to intimidate civil society, being used by one side to advance revolutionary ideals, and, by the other, to justify the expansion of police powers in the name of state security. Podhoretz downplays concerns about the latter, but I think history has proven him wrong.
About the problem, the islamofascism, this boook even being boring and repetitive many times, remains good.About the solution, this book is very weak.Yes, I agree when this book claims that the World War IV, will be a long and terrible war, but the oil and natural gas are the only source of money to islamic world.
Comparing to XV Century, when Europe was buying spices from islamic world and financing the war against Europe, did by islamic world.The political decision to support scientific research in a for discoveries by Columbus and Vasco da Gama, broke the source of money for islamic world.Spices were so expensive as gold in 1490 and nothing more, than cheap products, just one hundred years later.The political decision (from Portugal and Spain crowns)for decades between 1430 and 1498 to support navigation, sent the price of spices to being absolute uncapable of support islamic agression against Catholic Europe.
In our times, the situation is almost equal.Instead of spices selled at price of gold, islamic world is selling oil.Billions of US dollars goes to islamic world, every day, in selling oil and natural gas.If the USA doesn't buys oil from Iran, Japan and China buys;and at the same price.Without oil and natural gas, Arab world exports less than Finnland; a small country in Europe.
This book has nothing about the solution for oil problem.Nothing about ethanol, biogas,etc.To fight against islamofascism without cuting its source of money and power, is useless.When you buy gas or diesel in any gas station in the world, you are supporting Bin Laden, atomic aiatollahs,Al-qaida,hamas, Herzbollah,etc.Without oil's money, islamic world is even, uncapale of feeding itself.
Without money from spices, Othoman Empire once, the strongest military power of Europe to the "sick man of Europe" in some decades.Without oil's money, islamic world will be vulnarable to its own divisions and civil war.Military power alone can't broke islamic power.Only with the end of massive oil's money, the peace in Middle East can be did.And only whith political will to get a substitute to oil-ethanol to example- we could see really peace and an islamic world looking to peace, after its own weakness, became obvious to everyone.
With oil's Money, Islamic World is incapable of even producing its food.
Famine, civil wars will come as soon as a replacement to Islamic oil will come.