The Coming Revolution; Struggle for Freedom in the Middle East
by Walid Phares
ISBN13: 9781439178379
ISBN10: 1439178372
Format: Hardcover
Copyright: 2010-12-07
Publisher: Threshold Editions
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After the 9/11 Commission concluded in 2004 that the U.S. was engaged in a war with terrorists and never realized it, they reasoned that "a failure of imagination" had prevented us from seeing terrorism coming. In effect, Americans were simply unable, or in fact disabled, to fathom that there were people who hated and opposed our democracy with such ferocity. But after billions of dollars and almost a decade fighting a war in the Middle East, will we miss the threat again?With penetrating insight and candor, Walid Phares, Fox News terrorism and Middle East expert and a specialist in global strategies, argues that a fierce race for control of the Middle East is on, and the world's future may depend on the outcome. Yet not a failure of imagination, but rather, of education has left Americans without essential information on the real roots of the rising Jihadi threat. Western democracies display a dangerous misunderstanding of precisely who opposes democracy and why. In fact, the West ignores the wide and disparate forces within the Muslim worldincluding a brotherhood against democracy that is fighting to bring the region under totalitarian controland crucially underestimates the determined generation of youth feverishly waging a grassroots revolution toward democracy and human rights.As terror strikes widen from Manhattan to Mumbai and battlefields rage from Afghanistan to Iraq, many tough questions are left unanswered, or even explored: Where are the anti-Jihadists and the democrats in the Muslim world? Does the Middle East really reject democracy? Do the peoples of the region prefer the Taliban, the Muslim Brotherhood, or Hezbollah over liberals and seculars? And is there really no genuine hope that freedom and democracy can prevail over the Islamist caliphate?Phares explores how the free world can indeed win the conflict with the Jihadists, but he says, not by using the tactics, policies, and strategies it has employed so far. He urges policy makers to first identify the threat and define its ideology, or there will be no victory.The Coming Revolutionis a vital corrective step in the world's war against terrorism and essential reading that clearly and explosively illustrates the untold story of a struggle to determine if the Middle East can at last reach freedom in this centuryor if this planet can prevent the otherwise inevitable outcome that could change our social and political landscape forever. The race is on.
Table of Contents
Preface: A Revolution against the Caliphate?p. xi
Introduction: How the West Missed the Story and May Miss It Againp. 1
The Missed Century: How the Democratic Revolution Failed During the Twentieth Centuryp. 5
The 1990s: A Dark Tunnel for Dissidentsp. 31
Lights from the Window: Post-9/11 Western Interventionsp. 65
Democracy Sabotagedp. 97
Freedom and Its Obstructorsp. 131
The Taliban's Nightmare: Women against Their Oppressorsp. 147
Mesopotamia Risesp. 165
The Cedars Revolution: The Battle over Free Lebanonp. 183
Syria's Reformers: Opposition against the Baathp. 203
The Green Revolution: Iran's Youth, Women, and Minoritiesp. 221
Hell in Sudan: Genocide against Africans and the End of the Last Apartheidp. 251
The Greater Maghreb: The Most Violent Jihadists and Their Nemesisp. 275
The Copts and Liberals: Egypt's Rising Democratsp. 287
Arabia's Liberals: How the Peninsula Produces Jihadism and Its Antidotep. 305
Islamists versus Muslim Democrats: The War for the Soul of the Muslim Worldp. 323
Afterwordp. 341
Notesp. 347
Indexp. 367
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