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Alms and Arms

Hamas: Politics, Charity, and Terrorism in the Service of Jihad by Matthew Levitt

Reviewed by Benny Morris
The New Republic Online

"In a way, the world's Islamist movements are frank and honest. They wish, and they say that they wish, to install theocratic rule and promote the dominance of Muslim religious mores, ridding their world of any hint of that cluster of secular, democratic, and liberal values that Western civilization has progressively adopted over the past four or five centuries. No guile there. But on another level, these movements, at least in their contemporary Middle Eastern efflorescence, are characterized by a multi-layered culture of deceit. I am not referring to the concrete operational deceit of a suicide bomber pretending to be a backpacking tourist or a devout Jew as he boards a train in Madrid or a bus in Jerusalem. I have in mind a larger and more systematic deception." Read the entire New Republic Online review.

One Response to "Alms and Arms"

    minerva July 13th, 2006 at 12:26 pm

    I wrote about this review on my website.

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