Every war when it comes, or before it comes, is represented not as a war but as an act of self-defense against a homicidal maniac… George Orwell


World War IV : the long struggle against Islamofascism New York : Doubleday, c 2007 Norman Podhoretz War on Terrorism Hardcover. 1st. ed., later printing. 230 p. ; 25 cm. Includes index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text.  VG/VG
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In World War IV, Podhoretz makes an effort to set 9/11 itself, the battles that have followed it in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the war of ideas that it has provoked at home into a broad historical context. In his telling of the  story, Podhoretz asserts that the global war against Islamofascism is as real as the two world wars and the cold war (“World War III”) by which it was preceded. He also lays out a case in defense of the military doctrine contending that its new military strategy of preemption represents the only viable way to fight and win the special kind of war into which we were suddenly plunged.
wtc02Different in certain respects though the Islamofascists are from their totalitarian predecessors, he argues the new enemy is equally dedicated to the destruction of  America. It took the blatant aggression of 9/11 to make most Americans realize that war had long since been declared on us and that the time had come to fight back. Past administrations, both Republican and Democratic, had failed to respond with appropriate force to attacks by Muslim terrorists on American citizens in various countries, and even the bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993 was treated as a criminal act rather than an act of war. All this changed after 9/11, when the whole country rallied around the decision to bring the war to the enemy’s home ground.
wtc03The successes and the setbacks that have followed are vividly portrayed by Podhoretz, who goes on to argue that, just as in the two great struggles against totalitarianism in the twentieth century, the key to victory in World War IV will be a willingness to endure occasional reverses without losing sight of what we are fighting against, what we are fighting for, and why we have to win.
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