January 11, 2008

Book Review - The Enemy of My Enemy

The Enemy of My Enemy: The Alarming Convergence of Militant Islam and the Extreme Right
George Michael
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Michael posits that a collaboration between the racist extreme right in America and Europe with Islamic extremists in the Middle East is not as far fetched as it might seem initially. In spite of their origins from nearly opposite perspectives, Michael observes that they have developed similar critiques on American foreign policy, the media, and the modern world. He analyzes both movements, seeing to understand their appeal, and demonstrates how globalism and technological improvements have made interactions between the factions much easier. He particularly notes the stand that both groups have taken against the American political establishment and its war in Iraq. Both have publicly expressed admiration for Al Quaeda's attacks on 9/11, so Michael extrapolates that joining forces in opposition to the United States War on Terror is a possibility.