Moorcarft has experience, both from the military and reporter's viewpoint, of Islam, the Middle East and Jihad. In ‘The Jihadist Threat’ he examines the background and history of Islam’s relationship with the west and the ‘kuffirs’ (unbelievers). His premise is that Islam was founded on and by Jihad, the call to Holy War and from its earliest days won vast empires by the sword. Despite the cry from moderate Muslims that ‘ISIS’ (or whatever it is called) is ‘un-Islamic’ it is, in fact, totally embedded in Islam as it was founded and originally conceived. So it may be seventh century Islam but it IS Islam.
Without a doubt ISIS is a nihilistic death cult founded on the belief (not just Islamic but Christian as well) that Armageddon is approaching and will bring with it the return of God on earth and it is their mission to bring this about as soon as possible. They foresee a great battle with the ‘Armies of Rome’ when Islam will crush all opposition and the world will become totally Muslim. In later chapters he suggests various outcomes from the current situation in Iraq and Syria – from total capitulation of Europe and the installation of a European Caliphate to the total destruction of IS.
In Chapter 8 he talks about the four ‘Elephants in the room’ and the second ‘Elephant’ … on UK membership of the EU and its implications on the security of this country … should be required reading for any who intend to vote in the forthcoming referendum on that matter.
This is an easy to read book, a bit repetitive in places and sometimes a bit too flippant but Moorcraft’s style includes some lovely throwaway lines: ‘Sometimes IS looks more like a Mafia gang with beards’ and ‘The tax system works rather well when a government indulges in crucifixion … all tend to pay taxes promptly’.
The only reason for the four star rating is that there are rather too many spelling mistakes and typos than one would expect in such a work. On the whole I would recommend this to anybody interested in the current powder-keg situation facing the world.
The Jihadist Threat: The Re-Conquest of the WestThis is a ‘must read’ book if you are at all interested in the most important political issue of the day. The rise of radical Muslim Jihadism is fomenting the ongoing tragedy in the Middle East, one of whose side effects is the precipitation of the European migrant crisis.
The author places the current situation into its proper historical context with many perspicacious observations and insights along the way. He does not stop there, however, and provides many interesting analyses and speculates on a number of possible future scenarios. Most importantly, he sounds a wake up call to the West to recognise the very real potential danger it is facing. However, this is no extremist rant but a series of logically argued and well-made points. Responsibility and criticism is levied fairly and liberally across the board, as the author seems to be striving to achieve as honest a perspective as possible rather than peddle some particular partisan agenda.
A word on the style. Although largely academic in nature, it is very readable, as another element to the writing is redolent of a male bar room conversation, replete with earthy language and cheap jokes to boot. Some might find this distasteful, but I personally find it made for an interesting, and at times amusing, read.
Finally, a word of warning. If you are minded towards political correctness, this is not the book for you. The views expressed are blunt and would no doubt offend many.
An excellent analysis of the challenge from political, social and military perspectives. Paul Moorcraft has first hand experience to ground him due to his career path and work in the field. The book is also bang up to date, or as far as one can be in a fast moving scene (it will have changed again for sure in 6 months). This is a very important contribution to the current debate for thinkers and those of power and influence, both in the West and beyond. The style is direct and deliberately 'non academic' with practical suggestions and even some humour, which is not misplaced and relieves the study of a very tough subject. A must read.
This is another incredibly timely and pertinent book by - I have to say - my favourite author on his subject. Since the book was published, subsequent events have unfolded in Paris and the USA, and the Paris agreement on a peace 'plan' for Syria which serve to underline the accuracy of Paul Moorcraft's perception: and also other incidents, such as the downing of a Russian fighter in Turkish airspace which also reinforce the view of the almost complete unpredictability of events which is the nature of war itself. How we now deal with the unintentional consequences of those events will determine our entire future for a generation. I would thoroughly recommend this book be made compulsory reading material in every school and madrasa in Europe, and where possible, worldwide. Everyone over the age of thirteen should read this book, and every parent to understand better the price of intervention, and the price of Jihad, before we cast the world back into the maelstrom of the seventh century.
This is another highly readable contribution from Professor Moorcraft.It is good on the rise of jihadism,detailed religious background and the response, or otherwise, of those not attracted to the benefits of the coming Caliphate. The author pulls no punches and is happy to attribute blame to the usual suspects and others often seen as being above such criticism, such as the performance of the British military establishment. The real strength of the book lies in its honesty,it will upset many and is uncompromising in pointing this out in the sort of clear language often lacking in the politically correct atmosphere surrounding such topics. The range of future options covers the full range of possible outcomes and is by far the most interesting and often amusing(!) part of the book.It is a stimulating read and will probably succeed in upsetting most readers,no matter which side of the argument they arrive from - No bad thing1
Like many people, my knowledge and understanding of Islamic militancy has been fragmentary, coming mainly through the mainstream media. What Paul Moorcraft does in this excellent book is pull those fragments together to form a complete picture. The author brings an astonishing depth of knowledge to the debate, having reported from the 'front line' and even shared a coke with the mujahideen. He also writes with a wit and clarity that makes this book a pleasure to read. Although Moorcraft is obviously no fan of radical Islam, he is equally incisive in his criticism of the West. In a just world, every politician should read this book. Unfortunately they won't and the same mistakes will be repeated.
A well researched and written book. Professor Moorecraft has the ability to succinctly record the current and historical situation in the middle east and the tide of terrorist attacks sweeping the west into a thoroughly readable and understandable format.
With a first hand knowledge through his time on the frontline of reporting, Moorecraft’s book makes for a highly informative and interesting addition to any library and puts so much of the political ranting’s (from both sides) and good and bad media reporting that we are bombarded with on an almost daily basis, into clear perspective.
The book’s format bounces between a mostly academic approach to a personal and thought provoking analysis. An excellent read and a fascinating insight into the Jihadist threat facing the world today.
Written by a man who clearly has a lot of experience and knowledge on the topic of Islamic extremism, this book is an essential insight into a much spoken about, but generally very poorly understand, topic that effects us all.