Academic journal article Middle East Quarterly

Defeating Jihad: The Winnable War

Academic journal article Middle East Quarterly

Defeating Jihad: The Winnable War

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Defeating Jihad: The Winnable War. By Dr. Sebastian Gorka. Washington, D.C.: Regnery Publishing, 2016. 256 pp. $27.99.

Those looking for a comprehensive and detailed program for defeating jihad might be disappointed in Gorka's study as his recommendations are confined to the last five pages of the book. The bulk of the work is a rehash of related topics that may be enlightening for those new to the field but familiar for those more acquainted. Thus, the reader is offered a recap of the terrorist attacks of 9/11, the U.S. responses, and their after-effects; a standard summary of the life of the prophet Muhammad; the meaning of the "greater" and "lesser" jihads; and a survey of the modern theoreticians regularly associated with the present-day articulation of jihad such as Sayyid Qutb, Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini, and al-Qaeda's Ayman al-Zawahiri.

Gorka's recommendations for defeating jihad are good (if unoriginal). First: "Deploy the truth: You cannot win a war if you cannot talk honestly about the enemy. …

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