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Essential Reading for UK, US, and Western World, 31 May 2006
Melanie Phillips describes the historical factors that have led to the cultural and political tolerance of radical Islamism in the United Kingdom and the impact on both the security of UK and the world. It describes the sad state of UK's immigration policies that have led to an influx of radical Islamism in the UK, as well as the cultural tolerance to such views, even after 9/11.
Moreover, the author points out that the 7/7 attacks had very limited impact as a "wake up call" for Britons on this issue, and that many still view the US and Israel as the source of the radical Islamism problem - and refuse to attribute responsibility to radical Islamism itself.
As a second generation American whose family is from UK, I find this a disturbing and quite sad book, as I don't get a sense that there is much hope that things will change in UK in the near future. But it is important that both Britons and Americans read this eye-opening book - perhaps the education on the state of UK will help influence future change.
This book is the "Why England Slept" book of our era - and Melanie Phillips has a vital message that is essential reading for all those who care about UK, US, and the western world.