Thursday, March 01, 2012

Book Review: The Fight Of Our Lives

I finally finished reading William J. Bennett and Seth Leibsohn's book The Fight of our Lives. Let me start by saying many will not like what they have to say because it isn't politically correct. This book is a tough and loud read. The truth is that Bennett and Leibsohn are correct whether we like to hear it or not. They share the motivation and ideology behind Islam's radical nature that many have decided isn't worth hearing. It has become easy to point a finger of racism or bigotry at those like Bennett and Leibsohn for sharing good information, history, and truth...this is why Fight had to be written. We need to be shaken to the deep truths of what is happening.

Beginning with the attack on Fort Hood in 2009 by homegrown terrorist Nidal Hasan and continuing to remind us of other attacks like the Cole and 9/11, the authors reason that our response to such incidents directly reflects the way future attacks will happen. Under President Obama, we have seen a lapse, not only in judgment, but in defense and security; from the vocabulary we use to describe the attacks to our lack of resolve to stand up against tyranny and let terrorists see that their acts of cowardice will be met head on by our men and women in uniform.

[Stepping outside the book for a moment, it is for these reasons a President Ron Paul would only serve to disintegrate any kind of strength we are seen with in the world. It won't be any different than it is now and we will continue to be in the fight of our lives.]

In order to protect and defend the United States, we need to understand the nature of violence Islam chooses and preaches so that we do not always look as weak as we have in the last 3 years.

Fight is a tough book to take as lightly as many will. Bennett and Leibsohn provide some of the best commentary I have ever heard on this subject. They are of the few willing to say what so many will not. Radical Islam is at its core fundamental Islam. Many Muslims who do not consider themselves Radicals still adhere to Sharia law--which tells me they are just as radical as those they disagree with. I hope it changes.

Spoiler Alert
Bennett and Leibsohn speak to how Islam can be a real religion of peace:

"A truly reformed Islam would lament but allow apostasy. It would support pluralism, denounce the application of Sharia law, prohibit polygamy and underage marriage, extend social and legal equality to nonbelievers, and inveigh against terrorism everywhere and always.

Unless and until these kinds of conditions and statements can be met and agreed to, the case for doctrinal Islam, unreformed Islam, being a religion of peace has the status of "alleged" with several counts stacked up against it...

...Does one want to be a good Muslim by living his life by the nonviolent moral code found in much of the teachings of Islam? The answer is obvious: many do. And they need to be cultivated." (excerpts from pgs. 126, 127, & 128)

I fear too few Muslims are willing to do this.

I enjoyed (if I can use this word to describe a book about acts of terror) The Fight of our Lives. I think Bennett and Leibsohn have presented a well-written and well-researched book about Islam and how it has affected the world. I recommend it to everyone who wants to learn more.

I received this book free from the Thomas Nelson Publisher's Bookszeeze review program. I was not required to write a favorable review. I was only asked to be honest. The words are my own.