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Through our enemies' eyes : Osama bin Laden, radical Islam, and the future of America
Scheuer, Michael.
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Washington, D.C. : Brassey's, [2002]

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xix, 394 pages : map ; 24 cm
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By Michael Scheuer.
Context. Context for understanding Bin Laden's aims -- Arrogance, money, and ideas. Obstacles to understanding Bin Laden -- Chasing Bin Laden's money -- Getting to know Bin Laden : substantive themes of the jihad -- Getting to know Bin Laden : character traits -- Years of preparation, 1957-1996. Young Bin Laden, 1957-1979 : family, education, and religion -- Bin Laden and the Afghan war, 1979-1989 : facilitator, engineer, fighter, and visionary -- Bin Laden and the Saudis, 1989-1991 : from favorite son to black sheep -- Bin Laden in exile : Afghanistan and Sudan, 1991-1996 -- Bin Laden begins : inciting and waging jihad from Sudan, 1992-1996 -- War years, 1996-2001. Bin Laden returns to Afghanistan : getting settled and politicking -- Bin Laden in Afghanistan : targeting America and expanding al Qaeda -- Bin Laden stands at Armageddon and battles for his lord -- No end in sight. What to expect from al-Qaeda -- Spring 2002 : where are we? Where are we going? -- Epilogue: "That they may go in and look their redeemer in the face with joy".
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All Americans must read this book in order to truly understand the reasons why radical Muslims like Osama bin Laden and his followers have declared war on America and the West. Furthermore, only this book accurately describes the severity of the threat they will continue to pose, with or without bin Laden's leadership, to our national security.

To win the war against terrorism, the author argues that we must first stop dismissing militant Muslims as "extremists" or "religious fanatics." Formulating a successful military strategy requires that we must see the enemy as they perceive themselves--highly trained and motivated soldiers who fervently believe their cause is righteous. The author describes how militants throughout the Islamic world are enraged by what they believe is Western aggression against their people, religion, and culture. Though bin Laden declared war on America years ago--not once but twice--the author argues that American complacence in the face of such violent threats stems from the increasing secularization and moral relativism of American society and culture. Even if bin Laden is brought to justice, the author warns, the dangers posed by radical Islamic militants will not disappear, and we must be prepared for a protracted war against terrorism. This important book will make a major impact on how America thinks about its enemy and itself.

Author Notes

"Anonymous" is a senior U.S. intelligence official with nearly two decades of experience in national security issues related to Afghanistan and South Asia

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Here "a senior U.S. civil servant with two decades of experience in the U.S. intelligence community's work on Afghanistan and South Asia" argues that the U.S. was unprepared for September 11 because "our own naivet and insularity led us to underestimate the complexity and determination of our adversaries." Examining bin Laden's words and his leadership qualities, the author says that Al Qaeda remains largely intact and that its next attack will be more lethal than September 11. (Sept. 1) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Choice Review

Knowing the enemy is obviously useful to those who must fight a war. It is absolutely essential to those who wish to understand what the war is about. Since September 11, policy makers, citizens, and scholars have all been searching for insights and information about the elusive leader of al Qaeda. This book provides a clear, concise, and balanced review of the currently available evidence regarding Osama bin Laden's life and ideology. It covers much of the same material that can be found in Yossef Bodansky's Bin Laden: The Man Who Declared War on America (2001). The author concludes that this enemy is much more than a figurehead in a loosely organized terrorist movement; he is the effective leader of al Qaeda. More important, bin Laden cannot be dismissed as a fringe fanatic because his ideas and actions have deep roots and resonance in the larger forces of modern Islamic frustration with the rise of Western culture and power. While these two conclusions may be somewhat controversial, they do not justify the anonymity the author has assumed. Worthwhile to readers at all levels. R. A. Strong Washington & Lee University

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. xv
Mapsp. xx
Part 1 Context
1. Context for Understanding Bin Laden's Aimsp. 3
Part 2 Arrogance, Money, and Ideas
2. Obstacles to Understanding Bin Ladenp. 15
3. Chasing Bin Laden's Moneyp. 29
4. Getting to Know Bin Laden: Substantive Themes of the Jihadp. 45
5. Getting to Know Bin Laden: Character Traitsp. 69
Part 3 Years of Preparation, 1957-1996
6. Young Bin Laden, 1957-1979: Family, Education, and Religionp. 77
7. Bin Laden and the Afghan War, 1979-1989: Facilitator, Engineer, Fighter, and Visionaryp. 89
8. Bin Laden and the Saudis, 1989-1991: From Favorite Son to Black Sheepp. 109
9. Bin Laden in Exile: Afghanistan and Sudan, 1991-1996p. 119
10. Bin Laden Begins: Inciting and Waging Jihad from Sudan, 1992-1996p. 133
Part 4 War Years, 1996-2001
11. Bin Laden Returns to Afghanistan: Getting Settled and Politickingp. 151
12. Bin Laden in Afghanistan: Targeting America and Expanding Al Qaedap. 169
13. Bin Laden Stands at Armageddon and Battles for His Lordp. 195
Part 5 No End in Sight
14. What to Expect from Al Qaedap. 227
15. Spring 2002: Where Are We? Where Are We Going?p. 247
Epilogue: "That They May Go in and Look Their Redeemer in the Face with Joy"p. 261
Glossaryp. 265
Note on Sourcesp. 277
Notesp. 285
Bibliographyp. 343
Indexp. 385