THE ENEMY AT HOME by Dinesh D’Souza


The Cultural Left and Its Responsibility for 9/11
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“In order to crush the Islamic radicals abroad, we must defeat the enemy at home.”

Wasn’t it Jerry Falwell who proclaimed that the gays and lefties were responsible for the terrorist events of 9/11, God having vented righteous wrath against the decadent? Rightist ideologue-for-hire D’Souza (Letters to a Young Conservative, 2002, etc.), a denizen of the ivory-tower Hoover Institution, picks up where Falwell left off, and though he takes pains to distance himself from the Falwellian message, as did so many other Republicans in public, he unswervingly voices the master’s themes. The “cultural left” is responsible for fostering decadence—after all, doesn’t it protect pornography under the disguise of free speech and get all worked up about naked abuses of imperial power? Decadent liberal culture “angers and repulses traditional societies” such as might be found in Saudi Arabia and Dallas. By questioning the Bush administration, which has America’s best interests at heart, the lefties are egging on bin Laden and company, which amounts to treason. D’Souza helpfully provides an enemies list, numbering such figures as Nancy Pelosi and Bill Moyers and of course Michael Moore, who are of course more dangerous than anything al-Qaeda might field. But to get to that list, the careful reader will have waded through a curious defense of Wahhabism (it’s just Islamic conservatism), witnessed D’Souza’s brave scolding of the Bush administration (it’s bad to try to democratize the Middle East, since the unwashed might well vote for Osama and Saddam), seen that Planned Parenthood is the source of much evil in the modern world inasmuch as it scorns “efforts to teach sexual modesty and ‘abstinence’ to young people” and understood that the Islamists are just upset by America’s “missionary paganism” as part of the liberals’ plot to undermine God. “We know who the domestic insurgents are,” D’Souza warns, trying to sound ominous, “and we know who is sheltering and supporting them.” Yes, indeed. Hillary, meet Hussein, whose collective fault it all is. As for the rest of the liberals, well, chadors and hellfire await.

Ridiculous red-baiting, intellectually on the Coulter—not the Buckley—plane.

Pub Date: Jan. 16th, 2007
ISBN: 0-385-51012-8
Page count: 304pp
Publisher: Doubleday
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15th, 2006


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