History in Review
|Preachers of Hate
Islam and the War on America. By Kenneth R. Timmerman.
(Three Rivers Press: 2004. Pg. 400.)
Reviewed by Sheldon Ztvordokov - January 20, 2004
Anti-semitism is on the rise. Not only is it commonplace attitude through much of the Islamic world, but there has also been a massive resurgence of anti-semitism throughout Europe. Additionally, many American college campuses have become reservoirs of anti-semitic attitudes. In Preachers of Hate:
Islam and the War on America, Kenneth R. Timmerman chronicles this insidious rise in anti-semitism, and why those with anti-semitic attitudes are often also anti-American.
Timmerman is a respected investigative journalist who has written for such publications as Time and Wall Street Journal. He is also the author of several bestsellers, including Shakedown: Exposing the Real Jesse Jackson and Death Lobby: How the West Armed Iraq. In Preachers of Hate he provides a brief overview of the history of anti-semitism and how the Arab world has revamped ancient anti-semitic lies and given them new life. Proclamations that the Protocols of the Elders of Zion is a real document, and proof of 'the Jews' plan to dominate the world, to accusations of blood libel, are rife throughout the Arab world. As is the idea that Zionism is a form of racism.
In this work, Timmerman explains why this new, virulent form of anti-semitism has arisen in the Arab world. Faced with a dissatisfied, and disillusioned populous, Arab political and religious leaders are fanning the flames of hate. Directing the anger of their countrymen against the Jews and the Americans, and away from political establishments that failed them. Timmerman also shows how this rise in anti-semitism is related to a rise in hatred for America, and why this is putting American's in danger.
In exploring the rise in anti-semitism and hatred of American throughout the Arab world, Timmerman also explores the reasons behind the rise of anti-semitism in Europe, and why it has gained a major foothold on America's college campus. More important, he explains why this is bad for everyone, not just the Jews. If you have any doubts about this, Timmerman points to the attacks of 9-11 as a prime example of dangers facing American by those who tout anti-semitic and anti-American sentiments.
In addition to discussing the rise of anti-semitism, Timmerman also touches upon the ongoing violence in the middle east - especially between the Israelis and the Palestinians. It is impossible to make peace with someone one who doesn't want peace, and Timmerman makes a very valid case for the fact that the Palestinian leadership is not interested in making peace with Israel. Rather, they are using Hudna (truce), as a tactical cover to loll their enemy into a sense of security. In perpetrating a Hudna, the Palestinians will do, or say anything, even sign a peach treaty. Then, when they are prepared, and have the military might, they will break the truce and attempt to destroy their enemy. After all, this is exactly what the prophet Mohammad did when he agreed to a ten-year Hudna with the Quraysh tribe and then, about two years later, after he had rearmed his forces, obliterated the tribe. Timmerman also backs up his contentions by showing how Yasser Arafat regularly gives one speech in English, and then says the opposite in his arabic speeches. In addition, he explains how at the Camp David summit in 2000, Arafat was offered 98% of what he claimed he wanted, yet he turned it down. He simply doesn't want peace.
Timmerman's foray into Middle Eastern anti-semitism and anti-Americanism also covers Wahhabism (a fundamentalist form of Islam practiced in Saudi Arabia), and by Osama bin Laden, and the current war on terrorism. In short, Preachers of Hate serves as a crash-course on the historical underpinnings that have given rise to anti-semitic and anti-American rhetoric throughout the Arab world, and how this rhetoric has been translated into violent acts of terrorism. This book is a 'must' for anyone wishing to understand the ongoing conflict in the Middle East, and the rise of militant, Islamic, fundamentalist factions.
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