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Through Our Enemies' Eyes: Osama Bin Laden, Radical Islam, and the Future of America

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This seminal work on modern terrorism is the one book to read in order to truly understand the reasons why radical Muslims such as Osama bin Laden and his followers have declared war on America and the West. In order to win the war against terrorism, argues Michael Scheuer, former head of the CIA's Bin Laden Unit, we must first stop dismissing militant Muslims as "extremists" or "religious fanatics." Formulating a successful military strategy requires that we see the enemy as they perceive themselve-highly trained and motivated soldiers who believe their cause is righteous. This revised paperback edition provides a more extensive study of Osama bin Laden and the sources of his thought. Scheuer has added a good deal of bin Laden's words, focusing on those issues that have been most misunderstood or ignored and therefore are most in need of exposition. These include bin Laden's personality; his early years as a nonviolent Saudi dissident and reformer; the causes motivating al Qaeda and its allies, especially their perception that U.S. foreign policy threatens Islam's survival; bin Laden's long history of interest in and support for the Palestinian cause against Israel; his evolutionary growth as an Islamic hero and leader between 1996 and 2001; and the profound impact the Afghan-Soviet War had and continues to have on bin Laden, al Qaeda, and worldwide Sunni Islamic militancy. Only by understanding these words can the West appreciate the threat it faces and formulate a strategy to defeat it.

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All Americans must read this book in order to truly understand the reasons why radical Muslims like Osama bin Laden and his followers have declared war on America and the West. Furthermore, only this book accurately describes the severity of the threat they will continue to pose, with or without bin Laden's leadership, to our national security. To win the war against terrorism, the author argues that we must first stop dismissing militant Muslims as extremists or religious fanatics. Formulating a successful military strategy requires that we must see the enemy as they perceive themselves-highly trained and motivated soldiers who fervently believe their cause is righteous. The author describes how militants throughout the Islamic world are enraged by what they believe is Western aggression against their people, religion, and culture. Though bin Laden declared war on America years ago-not once but twice-the author argues that American complacence in the face of such violent threats stems from the increasing secularization and moral relativism of American society and culture. Even if bin Laden is brought to justice, the author warns, the dangers posed by radical Islamic militants will not disappear, and we must be prepared for a protracted war against terrorism. This important book will make a major impact on how America thinks about its enemy and itself.

Table of Contents

Context — Context for understanding Bin Laden's aims — Arrogance, money, and ideas — Obstacles to understanding Bin Laden — Chasing Bin Laden's money — Getting to know Bin Laden: substantive themes of the Jihad — Getting to know Bin Laden: character traits — Years of preparation, 1957-1996 — Young Bin Laden, 1957-1979: family, education, and religion — Bin Laden and the Afghan War, 1979-1989: facilitator, engineer, fighter, and visionary — Bin Laden and the Saudis, 1989-1991: from favorite son to black sheep — Bin Laden in exile: Afghanistan and Sudan, 1991-1996 — Bin Laden begins: inciting and waging Jihad from Sudan, 1992-1996 — War years, 1996-2001 — Bin Laden returns to Afghanistan: getting settled and politicking — Bin Laden in Afghanistan: targeting America and expanding Al Qaeda — Bin Laden stands at Armageddon and battles for his lord — No end in sight — What to expect from Al Qaeda — Spring 2002: where are we? Where are we going? — Epilogue: "That they may go in and look their redeemer in the face with joy" — Epilogue to the revised edition.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781597973106
Publisher:
Potomac Books Inc.
Subject:
main_subject
Author:
Scheuer, Michael
Author:
Anonymous
Subject:
all_subjects
Subject:
Political Science : Political Freedom & Security - Terrorism
Publication Date:
June 2002
Binding:
eBooks
Language:
English
Pages:
408

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"Synopsis" by , All Americans must read this book in order to truly understand the reasons why radical Muslims like Osama bin Laden and his followers have declared war on America and the West. Furthermore, only this book accurately describes the severity of the threat they will continue to pose, with or without bin Laden's leadership, to our national security. To win the war against terrorism, the author argues that we must first stop dismissing militant Muslims as extremists or religious fanatics. Formulating a successful military strategy requires that we must see the enemy as they perceive themselves-highly trained and motivated soldiers who fervently believe their cause is righteous. The author describes how militants throughout the Islamic world are enraged by what they believe is Western aggression against their people, religion, and culture. Though bin Laden declared war on America years ago-not once but twice-the author argues that American complacence in the face of such violent threats stems from the increasing secularization and moral relativism of American society and culture. Even if bin Laden is brought to justice, the author warns, the dangers posed by radical Islamic militants will not disappear, and we must be prepared for a protracted war against terrorism. This important book will make a major impact on how America thinks about its enemy and itself.
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