WORLD WAR IV by Norman Podhoretz

WORLD WAR IV

The Long Struggle Against Islamofascism

KIRKUS REVIEW

Why do they hate us? Because they’re not human, and because Carter and Clinton namby-pambyed instead of nuking the Islamists back into the Stone Age.

Podhoretz, the elder statesmen of the neocon movement that cooked up the Iraq War, wants his readers to understand that the war against “Islamofascism”—an ugly little turn of phrase, as if Hitler’s movement might be called “Lutherofascism” or the JDL’s “Judeofascism”—is a world war, never mind the fact that the Islamists arrayed against the West lack the armies or nations that would qualify it for such designation. And why not World War III, a rubric good enough for Newt Gingrich? Because the Cold War, ended by the heroic Ronald Reagan, enjoys that designation in the Podhoretzian scheme of things, which does not bow to ordinary logic. Even as political correctness forbids George Bush “from coming right out and declaring that the struggle…should be given the name of World War IV,” Podhoretz clamors for the bad guys to be called “fascists,” dictionary definition be damned. The enemy in this great global struggle is, like buck-toothed Tojo, unafraid to sacrifice millions of people: No doctrine of mutually assured destruction, thunders Podhoretz, will ever scare Ahmadinejad into compliance with international law, and as for Osama bin Laden, well, had Bill Clinton not “turned a deaf ear to outside experts…who strongly suspected that behind the individual culprits was a terrorist Islamic network,” old Osama would be mulch under liberty’s oak. Smite them we must, and thank goodness for the present stalwart administration, one free of deaf ears, forced to endure the defeatist slanders of a fifth column of “domestic insurgents” such as the Democrats “who would later pretend to have been deceived by the Bush White House” and the ever-evil Noam Chomsky.

Dashed-off hackwork meant, like the neocon con as a whole, to profit from bad times.

Pub Date: Sept. 11th, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-385-52221-2
Page count: 224pp
Publisher: Doubleday
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 2007




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