By Walid Phares
In Future Jihad, terrorism and center East professional Walid Phares gave a definitive account of the ancient and cultural forces that ended in September eleven and the increase of radical Islam. In The battle of Ideas, he printed the clash of ideologies that underlie the conflict on Terror. Now, in The Confrontation, he identifies the clashes to return and gives a blueprint for defeating the forces of jihad. relocating from the ravaged villages of the Sudan to London's Muslim neighborhoods to the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan, he illuminates the gigantic and intricate international of the worldwide jihadist circulate. He deals a multi-pronged approach, worldwide in scope, and calls at the world's varied neighborhood and overseas associations to come back jointly and coordinate their efforts. Pointing the way in which ahead, this booklet exhibits how we'd reclaim a global that's secure for freedom and democratic societies.
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