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Shackled Warrior: Israel and the Global Jihad
Israel and the Global Jihad
By Caroline B. Glick
Introduction by R. James Woolsey
Gefen Publishing House: Jerusalem and New York, (2008)
Reviewed by Simone Bonim - March 3, 2009
American born Caroline B. Glick, made Aliyah after completing college. In Israel she joined the army, and spent three years of her military service as a member of Israel's negotiating team with the PLO. She later served as an assistant foreign policy advisor in Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's administration. Since then, she has been working as a commentator and Editor at Makor Rishon, a Hebrew language newspaper, and is an editor and columnist with the Jerusalem Post. She served as a front-line reporter during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003, and she is senior fellow for Middle Eastern Affairs at the Center for Security Policy in Washington, D.C. This just a brief outline of Ms. Glick's credentials, and I present them here, at the beginning of this review as a means of illustrating that in her new book Shackled Warrior: Israel and the Global Jihad, Glick is well qualified to speak on the ofttimes controversial issues of the very real dangers posed by the ongoing global jihad by Islamic terrorist against Israel and the West.
This book is a collection of columns that Glick has written over the years that document the ongoing war against terrorism and the enemies of Israel, and Israel's unmentioned war against itself that is manifested by inter-religious and secular rivalries, social discord, and ofttimes misplaced political actions taken against Israeli citizens. The columns and her biting political commentaries have been organized into thematic chapters that deal with subjects such as The War Against Israel, the Threat of Destruction, the Battle for Hearts and Minds, and European Betrayal.
Combined, these columns serve to present a succinct overview of both the internal and external problems facing Israel, how Israel is being prevented from effectively dealing with these problems, and the steps that need to be taken to correct this untenable situation. Combined, these columns also serve not only as a social commentary on the current situation, but also as a brief history of the ongoing war being wages against Israel.
Within the pages of this timely and multi-faceted book, Glick also tackles a variety of related issues ranging from Holocaust deniers to the propaganda war being waged against Israel by Hamas, and by many Europeans. As Glick mentions in the book's preface, "I have repeatedly been struck by the double chains that shackle Israel and the free world in contending with the war being waged against us. We blind ourselves by refusing to recognize the nature of the war. And once blinded, we deny ourselves the tools necessary to fight to victory."
Glick eloquently sets out the case for how we, as a people, have shackled ourselves to unrealistic hopes and have blinded ourselves by not seeing the truth that is in front of us. Within the pages of this book she also provides the keys with which we can free ourselves from our self-imposed imprisonment and actively strive to win the war against the global jihad currently being waged not only against Israel, but also against the West.
Shackled Warrior: Israel and the Global Jihad is a timely and compelling book. It should be read by everyone with an interest in Israel's survival and the ongoing global jihad. It is also a must-read for anyone interested in learning how many in both Israel and the West are working under misconceptions, not only about the dangers faced by Islamic terrorist, but also about how this threat should be faced. In short, this book should be required reading for not only Jews and those with a love for Israel, but also policy makers, academics, and the average man-on-the-street in the West who is just as much a potential victim of Islamic terrorists as are the men and women of Israel. I highly recommend this book!
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