The Reason for This Page
Steven Den Beste has a link on his site to "The Essential Library". I've often taken a look at what he feels is important for all of us to understand.
His list includes:
- The Jacksonian Tradition by Walter Russell Mead
- Spotting the Losers: Seven Signs of Non-Competitive States by Ralph Peters
- The Ideological War within the West by John Fonte
- Power and Weakness by Robert Kagan
- Stability, America's Enemy by Ralph Peters
- Al Qaeda's Fantasy Ideology by Lee Harris
- The Intellectual Origins of America-Bashing by Lee Harris
- Why Arabs Lose Wars by Norvell B. De Atkine
- Creating Opportunities for future generations, the Arab Human Development report for 2002
- Old And In The Way by Karl Zinsmeister
I highly recommend them all.
Understanding Islam and the War on Terrorism
My list also includes something written by Ralph Peters. He is one of the top observers and analysts of the War on Terror, and has some excellent insights. I've included the pro/con sides of the Muslim religion. I don't think it's possible to really understand Islam without reading the Quran. Even then, you must have further knowledge. It is put together in a sequence based on sura length rather than chronologically, so a full understanding requires more than simple reading. The primary things to remember about it are that Muslims believe it is literally the word of Allah, and was dictated to Mohammed through Gabriel in Arabic. They believe it has never been edited, even though there are at least four variations in Arabic alone. Islam is not just a religion. The Quran and Hadiths dictate all culture, society, and government.
by Ralph Peters
This essay is chapter one of Peters' book Beyond Terror. In it he defines the differences between "practical" and "apocalyptic" terrorists. One reason the 9/11 attacks were successful is that all terrorists in the past had been practical. al Qaeda are not, and cannot be treated as such. We can't afford to make that mistake again.
by Dr. John Ray
John Ray has pieced together a monograph compiling several years of his writing. His web site is dedicated to pointing out hypocrisy and invalid logic. As he says, "Leftists just KNOW what is good for us. Conservatives need evidence." I include this here because the left's opinions play into the hands of terrorists. Apocalyptic terrorists don't respond to reason.
A site devoted to "spreading the gospel" of Islam. Here you can find online copies of the Quran and other documents of interest regarding the religion. Some is in Arabic, but there are portions in English to help convert infidels.
This site is devoted to detailing abuses and contradictions in the Quran and Islam as a whole. Many of the contributors are converts to other religions, Christianity in particular, and explain their personal reasons for leaving Islam for something else.
by Michael Knapp
Mr. Knapp is a Middle East/Africa analyst with the US Army National Ground Intelligence Center (NGIC), in Charlottesville, Virginia. He has worked in US government intelligence for over 24 years, both as a civilian and (now retired) military intelligence officer in the US Army Reserve. Mr. Knapp’s previous civilian assignments included analytical positions in the Defense Intelligence Agency and the Drug Enforcement Administration. This article, from Parameters, gives an historical context to the use of the term jihad, and how the concept has different meanings to different groups within Islam.
by Bill Whittle
Bill Whittle is the owner/operator of Eject! Eject! Eject! These two essays are essential reading because they give light to the reason for the Great American Success Story. That's not individual success, but as a Nation. Of course, success as a Nation requires individuals to succeed. It is also "Why They Hate Us."
I've not linked to Bill in the past because his posting was hit and miss. I simply visited his site from time to time to catch up. I understand his dearth of posting is due to the dedication he's displaying in writing a book. I''ve now got him listed in "Big Minds". I hope he doesn't mind that.
by Mark Humphrys
Mark Humphrys has an excellent site. He has compiled a great deal of material on various topics, but this page is of most value if you are interested in learning more about the fascism inherent to Islam.
by Captain Peter Layton, Royal Australian Air Force
This essay, published in the Naval Institute's Proceedings. He believes this war must last at least 40 more years.
There also should be an incentive to motivate Middle Eastern societies to change their ways and be taken off the instant-response list. The Arab way of war starts in the schools and educational facilities of particular nations. Twenty years after a society stops teaching children to hate and kill, and twenty years after the last attempted terrorist attack by the members of that society, their capital should cease to be targeted.
by Norman Podhoretz
Podhoretz writes in unglowing terms about Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush 41, and Clinton. He has little good to say about Dubya's first months in the Oval Office, either. Understand, this is all in relation to our responses to terrorist actions. He makes no comment regarding other areas of Presidential prerogotive.
But he is nearly absolute in his assessment of Dubya's approach to things since 9/11. So, for those of you who immediately want to characterize him as a "chicken-hawk," you can click that mouse button and ignore the rest of this post.
What he saw was a transformation. I think we all saw it. Some didn't like it. Some still hate it. Others always will. The transformation I saw was what makes me an unapologetic Bush supporter. The 9/11 attack woke us all up, but he was the one politician willing to say the things that needed to be said. And he was willing to do the things which needed to be done. Still is. Still is. I see in him all the things I admire about Teddy Roosevelt and Harry Truman, who were viewed by "their betters" as a cowboy and a dullard.
As I continue to read, I will continue to add topics in this area. The only way we can survive against this threat is by understanding it and dealing with it.