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Fighting Masoud's War: Saving Afghanistan - an inside Story
Fighting Masoud's War: Saving Afghanistan - an inside Story
by Will Davies
Edition: Paperback

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A misleading title, 17 Oct. 2006
I bought this book hoping to gain an indepth insight into Masoud and his war against the Soviet Union and the Taliban. From this perspective the book was very disappointing. It took over 100 pages before Masoud entered the story and only then were there fleeting references to the great man. I was also disappointed that the war against the Taliban was barely mentioned as the author by then had fled the country to seek asylum in Australia.

From a military perspective the book desperately lacks maps not just of the geography of Afghanistan but also the position of troops and their subsequent movements on the battlefield. Without maps it is very difficult to understand the author's movements around the country and how battles were subsequently won and lost.

The book wasn't particularly well written and was confusing and repetitive at times with the text switching between Shariat and his co-author. I was also irritated by the author's constant reference to the Jihad, and killing infidels. Although he professes to be a moderate muslim his language at times resembled that of the Islamo-fascists of today.

It is a very one sided story with the author suggesting that all the atrocities during the war were committed by the Red Army. Anyone who has any knowledge of the camapaign knows this wasn't the case with both sides guily of behaviour that fell short of what would be expected by U.N. guidelines.

On a positive note the book does give a useful history lesson of Afghanistan and more interestingly and still relevent today, the meddlesome activities of the Pakistani ISI in Afghnai affairs.

Londonistan: How Britain is Creating a Terror State within
Londonistan: How Britain is Creating a Terror State within
by Melanie Phillips
Edition: Hardcover

70 of 99 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Britain's fifth column, 21 Sept. 2006
This is an excellent well written and researched book. She provides an indepth insight and analysis of the dangers this country and the rest of the free world is facing from a potent and dangerous ideology supported by facts and quotations from a variety of sources.

I have witnessed at first hand the damage multi-culturism and uncontrolled immigration is doing to this country and its once proud institutions, which are paralysed by political correctness and the fear of being labelled racist and xenephobic. This paralysis is allowing many of the activities of the Islamo-fascists to go unchecked and unhindered by the authorities.

A slight criticism of the book is the unquestionable support for Israel. I am generally sympathetic to the Israeli cause and understand the threat they face from the twin terror groups Hamas and Hezbollah and their financial and military backers in the terror states of Iran and Syria. However the actions of the Israeli Government and IDF are not beyond criticism as recent events in Lebanon have shown where bridges and power stations were destroyed.

Hopefully other authors, politicans and relegious leaders will be prepared to put there head above the parapit (as Melanie Phillips has done) to stimulate a much needed debate on multi-culturism, immigration and the ever growing threat of Islamic fundamentalism to our way of life.

Well done Melanie. Keep up the good work.

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