History shows us how to fight the Islamist offensive
Ideological warfare makes many Americans uncomfortable and offends others, so when faced with a totalitarian ideological threat, we choose to accommodate or kill.
But do we over-kill? Absolutely. Do we unnecessarily accommodate, as with the Muslim Brotherhood? Certainly.
Are we in a new kind of war? No. Not really. It’s the same type of war we fought against the Communists; the real big difference is the ideology. And fortunately, we can learn a lot of lessons from history and apply them to today’s fight.
That is what a group of extraordinary people have done in the new collected work, Fighting the Ideological War: Winning Strategies from Communism to Islamism, edited by Katharine C. Gorka and Patrick Sookhdeo. Published in May by the Westminster Institute and Isaac Publishing, the book includes insightful contributions from Patrick Sookhdeo, Stephen Ulph, John H. Moore, my IWP friend and colleague John Lenczowski, Robert R. Reilly, Thomas Joscelyn, and Sebastian Gorka.
It’s a real thrill to see this book come out, because I have been drawing the parallel for years between our yet-unsuccessful fight against Islamist totalitarianism and our almost totally successful fight against Communism.
Free societies are not under attack by mere “terrorists.” We are under a far more dangerous attack from the terrorists’ ideological brethren, Islamist totalitarians, whom free societies have no idea how to resist or fight. Indeed, the tendency has been to accommodate and appease them.
According to a Westminster Institute summary of the book, “Islamism is a growing and powerful ideology that tolerates no dissent or rivalry. Yet in recent decades the United States has responded only to the violence that Islamism has generated, not to the beliefs and ideas that drive it. As a result of this failure, Islamist numbers and confidence have grown, and Islamist regimes have taken power in the Middle East and North Africa. So the United States is less safe than it was before 9/11, as is everyone else outside the Islamist fold.
“Until the United States understands and confronts Islamist ideology, it will not be able to slow the Islamist revolution and its destructive effects. This collection of essays proposes an effective strategy for countering and defeating the beliefs that motivate Islamists. It examines those beliefs in detail, considers their strengths and weaknesses, and draws on the lessons of past ideological conflicts. Thus it provides invaluable equipment for the war of ideas in which we must now engage.”
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