Friday, July 19, 2013
"The Terrorist Next Door" by Erick Stackelbeck
The US government, and many other Western governments, are focused on keeping the "radicals" and "extremists" out, that they're the real enemy. Heard of the Muslim Brotherhood? Think they're all about "peace", as many Muslims are claiming that's what Islam is? Stackelbeck does make an extensive mention of the Brotherhood, often stating how dangerous it would be if it took over Egypt, for example. Well, since its publication in 2011, Mohammad Morsi, a Brotherhood member whom is also talked about in the book, did end up becoming president -- the first freely elected president of Egypt. But, that apparently didn't last too long. Just a year later, he was ousted and now is in Egyptian military custody, possibly with other Brotherhood leaders. As for the Muslim Brotherhood, I'll read about it in other books, my own research, and in Stakelbeck's new book (just hit shelves July 15th) The Brotherhood: America's New Great Enemy.
Now, I did learn a great deal about the influx of Muslim immigrants into the South, like Tennessee, or aka "The Bible Belt". Most were refugees, mainly Iraqis. There has been much "Southern Inhospitality" (chapter 3 in the book) liken Muslims not assimilating into American society and bits & pieces of sharia law are being added to local laws. And lets not forget about the Somalis!
So, about those Somalis; they're described in chapter 4, "Somali America: Black Hawk Now". Now I know what that movie was about, but anyway, being that Somalia is one of the most undeveloped nations of the world, all the horn of Africa can relay on is its religion: Islam. They've a hard time adjusting to a developed, first world environment coming from their rather rural homeland. Being that Islam was their only education back home, that's what they stick to. Like rinsing their hands and feet curbside right before getting into prayer. With that, there's more than just culture shocks as they've adjusted to first world norms such as toilets and running water. Won't say any more - don't want to spoil the book for you.
One thing that really opened my eyes was chapter 8 called "It's the Ideology, Stupid". Strange title, yes, but it made sense. Why these "extreme" and "radical" Muslims do what they do is because of the ideology of Islam. The Qu'ran and the hadiths. Its been that way since the days of Mohammad. If only the Obama administration would get that.
I'm starting to believe more and more that he's a closet Islamist, a Muslim Brotherhood member, in fact. That's why I didn't vote for him in the last election. I didn't vote at all because voting for "the lesser of two evils" didn't really go for me in the 2012 election, but anyway... There is a chapter that discusses the Muslim Brotherhood, but I want to read the new book for more info on them. I was quite shock when I learned how much of a presence they have here. The Muslim Student Association, which is pretty much on every college campus, is a front group of the Brotherhood. In college, I walked the same halls as Brotherhood members, and never knew it. Wow...