Indispensible manual in the War on Terror

There are emerging some indispensable 'manuals' for the Global War on Terror (GWOT).  One of those is Eurabia by Bat Ye'or, referenced recently elsewhere on AT.  Another is Tony Blankley's book The West's Last Chance.  Consider this imagined 'Nightmare Scenario' with which the book opens (excerpts):

On a dreary spring day in London, preaching outside a Finsbury Park mosque to a crowd that numbered no more than a few dozen, a Moroccan cleric called for the British government to end public display of sacrilegious art.  The initial target of his campaign was the aluminum statue of a nude Eros atop the bronze fountain at Picadilly Circus...

...Public sympathy swung against the Muslim protesters when they became violent.  The first riot broke out when a protester recognized a curator from the Tate Modern and called for her car to be blocked...

...In editorial columns in the following weeks, well—meaning Muslim intellectuals and artists deplored the actions of the extremists.  But it was too late to contain the contagion.  Over the next few months, literally thousands of statues in public places across the breadth of Europe were ruined.  The vandalism was unprecedented...

Blankely starts off his book with a scenario of insurrection against European art by Muslims.  Prescient, indeed.  And the start of an indispensable book for becoming informed about the challenge we face.

Greg Richards   2 07 06

There are emerging some indispensable 'manuals' for the Global War on Terror (GWOT).  One of those is Eurabia by Bat Ye'or, referenced recently elsewhere on AT.  Another is Tony Blankley's book The West's Last Chance.  Consider this imagined 'Nightmare Scenario' with which the book opens (excerpts):

On a dreary spring day in London, preaching outside a Finsbury Park mosque to a crowd that numbered no more than a few dozen, a Moroccan cleric called for the British government to end public display of sacrilegious art.  The initial target of his campaign was the aluminum statue of a nude Eros atop the bronze fountain at Picadilly Circus...

...Public sympathy swung against the Muslim protesters when they became violent.  The first riot broke out when a protester recognized a curator from the Tate Modern and called for her car to be blocked...

...In editorial columns in the following weeks, well—meaning Muslim intellectuals and artists deplored the actions of the extremists.  But it was too late to contain the contagion.  Over the next few months, literally thousands of statues in public places across the breadth of Europe were ruined.  The vandalism was unprecedented...

Blankely starts off his book with a scenario of insurrection against European art by Muslims.  Prescient, indeed.  And the start of an indispensable book for becoming informed about the challenge we face.

Greg Richards   2 07 06