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Book details
  • SubGenre:Political Ideologies / General
  • Language:English
  • Pages:240
  • eBook ISBN:9780988593084

Fighting the Ideological War

Winning Strategies from Communism to Islamism

by Katharine C. Gorka and Patrick Sookhdeo

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In recent years the United States has responded to global terrorism largely as a physical threat. This book seeks to redress this imbalance by focusing on the battle of ideas. It looks at the beliefs that motivate Islamist terrorists and how the U.S. might counter them, drawing on the lessons to be learned from previous ideological conflicts.
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, such as those with communism and fascism. Thus it provides invaluable equipment for the war of ideas in which we must now engage.
About the author
Katharine Cornell Gorka is the Executive Director of The Westminster Institute, a non-governmental think-tank which is based in McLean, Virginia.