An author that tells it as it is, she doesn't mince words. What a courageous woman!
All the people on the Left, anti-Christian, and anti-Israel should read this. Supposing that they were well-meaning, honest, and loving to their neighbors as they are to their pets, that won't keep them from being the targets of Islam. Islam hates them as much as they hate Jews and Christians. The sooner these well-meaning (and ill-meaning) people realize how foolishly they are acting the better. This book should do the job of opening the eyes of the well-meaning ones. It's a religious war, folks. A secular society can't fight a religious war; the secular has no values to stand for, nothing worth defending (as long as the agressors have been victimized), while Islam is mad as a rabid dog. Appeasement? Yeah, right. One thing is for certain: when the paradise-seeking Jihadist next door starts cutting throats in your neighborhood, they won't ignore you because you're pro-Palestinian or an atheist. Those, and other excuses, won't get you off the hook.
If a whole civilization has nothing to stand for, and everything has the same value in this crazy multi-cultural society of ours, if we have no definitive values, no faith in God, no respect for our history, what is there left for us to defend? Well, somebody else's history, values and faith. The West has reached a point of no return.
But this book is not about philisophy at all. This is a tremendous work of clear-sighted journalism. A wake-up call and a challenge for every lover of Freedom. The author will never get the honorable mentions she so much deserves, because those who ought to give them are the ones tightening the ropes around our necks, selling us cheap to the enemy.
A cultural suicide is taking place in Europe. It is not new, we've been suffering it since the rich sons-of-mummy-and-daddy turned Left in the late 60's. The Left decided they had to buy their redemption from the guilt complex they carried by siding with their dads' historical victims. The enemy showed up, alright, in the person of Islam (=fascism turned pious, in an Arab fashion). This is not to say, as the author repeatedly mentions, that all Muslims are fascists. Of course not. The problem is that all the fascists claim to be muslim.
Melanie Phillips has shown a lot of courage by reporting the facts of this struggle in the UK. Describing the big picture as well as the small picures composed of the daily lives of the Brithish citizens. Fearless, straightforward, clear-minded, and right on target, she gives the names, quotes the public statements, and does an powerful analysis of the general political situation worldwide and the implications in our daily lives.
This book is dynamite. If you don't wake up reading this, you're probably alive only physically, not morally, and not spiritually. This book was such a thrill to read, despite its pessimism, and is so well written, so direct, so powerful, that I can't remember one that impressed me so much since "The Gulag Archipelago", long ago. Its pessimism doesn't overpower. It has the quality of detachedness, of being able to see the trees through the thick wood, of not getting entangled fruitlessly in discussions.
The hunger for power of the judges is exposed. The organised church, faithless, soulless, and politicised, is put to shame. The British political class are there: destroying the leftovers of what was a great country, for the votes of the mob & the irate (a lot of sound & fury). The media, but specially the BBC, is exposed for its biased policy against one religion and in favor of another (the BBC is an issue that deserves a separate book).
And it all comes down to one issue: Israel. It is not even the US, or capitalism vs socialism; it is not America; it is not even a clash of civilizations as some intellectuals would have us believe. The istmus test is Israel. Why is it so? Read, and find out for yourself. (the Bible has a lot to say about that too).