Book Review: “The Fight of Our Lives” by William J. Bennett and Seth Leibsohn (2011)

William Bennett and Seth Leibsohn have subtitled their wake-up call to America as the following: “Knowing the Enemy, Speaking the Truth, and Choosing to Win the War against Radical Islam.” Throughout their report, they accomplish nothing less than these three goals. With current, news-making scenarios (i.e. the Fort Hood massacre, the Ground Zero Mosque, etc.), the authors dissect the ideological foundations for Islam, both radical and moderate, in America and describe why the struggle in only getting worse. With striking veracity, they have laid open the true heart of the issue regarding the violence of Islamic terrorists—both moderate Muslims and non-Muslims alike have become satisfied with hiding the threat of radical Islam in the ambiguity of terms and the promotion of “tolerance.”

The authors blame the inaction of moderate Muslims to forthrightly denounce radical Islamic terrorism; they blame the unwillingness of non-Muslims to use such words as “Islam,” “Muslims,” “terrorism,” “war,” etc. when discussing the true threat facing America (even referencing the second inaugural address of President G.W. Bush in which he, too, avoided such words); and they blame the skewed idea of “tolerance” that has so infected our national thinking that Americans fear speaking out against evil, let alone taking action against it. The authors do not fear naming the names of those who continue to lead us toward the point of calling “FIRE!” on our own national execution, and they certainly do not fear naming those who truly are the enemy. Their final chapter in which they divulge the true enemy (“Ours is an enemy…” p.139-140) and the only effective response to that enemy is worth every penny one might spend on this book.

Every reader of The Fight of Our Lives must ask himself if he is currently denying his own children, through the praise of “tolerance,” the ability to discern right from wrong, good from evil, and enemy from friend. True tolerance (the acceptance of all that has made this nation great) is not the true vice of America today: tainted tolerance (willful ignorance of evil in the name of “tolerance”) is. This book will help readers see the difference.

[Note: I received this book free for review from Thomas Nelson]

© 2011 E.T.

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