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Because They Hate: A Survivor of Islamic Terror Warns America

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin • 2008 • 288 pages
4.85 out of 5 • View Ratings Details • 13 Ratings

Brigitte Gabriel was ten years old when the jihadists came. Bloodthirsty Islamic warriors poured into her native Lebanon in the 1970s, intent on waging jihad against Lebanese Christians – including Brigitte’s family. For seven years, Brigitte and her parents lived in an underground bomb shelter, with no running water or electricity and very little food – at times, they had to boil and eat grass just to survive. Now that those same Islamic jihadists have made it abundantly clear that they intend to take their war to the entire world, Brigitte Gabriel has a message for non-Muslims: the jihadists will stop at nothing short of domination of all non-Muslim countries, and if we don’t soon wake up to the full magnitude of their threat, they will succeed.

In “Because They Hate: A Survivor of Islamic Terror Warns America,” Gabriel tells the full story of her ordeal, and explains why she refuses to stand by silently as the same jihad terrorists who menaced her family for so long and destroyed her childhood are now acting against her adoptive homeland of America. Lulled into complacency by political correctness and general ignorance about the motives and goals of jihad terrorists, all too much of the American public, notes Gabriel, is weak, asleep or careless in the face of the Islamic jihad against America and the world. She also points out many of the mistakes that all too many Western analysts have made in assessing the jihad threat – including persistently believing that jihadists can be bought off with negotiations and concessions, and underestimating the single-mindedness with which jihadists are pursuing their goals worldwide.

Gabriel also recommends some solutions that policymakers would do well to note, including a fearless call for profiling and for the banning of hate education in Islamic institutions. Articulate, passionate, and knowledgeable, Gabriel here situates her personal story within the history, social movements, and religious aspects of the Islamic jihad that plagues the world today – making “Because They Hate” an eye-opening guide to today’s global conflicts.

Among Brigitte Gabriel’s revelations:

  • Why it is so crucial that the Western powers come to understand and take seriously the goal of Islam to dominate the world – and how the refusal to confront this leads to numerous policy errors
  • The common phrase among Muslims, “First comes Saturday, then comes Sunday” – and why it bodes ill for Jews and Christians
  • Moderate Muslim groups in the U.S. that are not in fact as moderate as they would have you believe
  • Two momentous international events that have led to the global resurgence of the Islamic jihad today
  • One attack strategy of Islamic jihadists today that most analysts miss, and how we must confront it
  • Repulsive lies and fabrications about Jews, the United States, and other perceived “enemies of Islam” that circulate in the mainstream media in the Islamic world
  • Nine things ordinary American citizens can and must do to counter the jihad threat

“Eloquently reminds America what is truly at stake in this struggle against terrorism: our families, our way of life, and our hopes. Ms. Gabriel’s personal account of her own experience is riveting, compelling and spellbinding. This is a must read for the entire American public…. This book contains monumental revelations that will shock and disturb you. But it is also a story of an indomitable spirit — Brigitte’s — that will move you.” —Steve Emerson, author of American Jihad: The Terrorists Living Amongst Us

“A compelling and captivating personal story with a powerful lesson about threats to freedom in our time.” —R. James Woolsey, Director of Central Intelligence, 1993-95

“At once intensely personal and possessing global significance… the story of her family and her childhood encapsulates the threat that faces the entire free world today. Brigitte Gabriel’s words should be read, and studied carefully, by all the law enforcement and government officials of the West — as well as by everyone who values freedom.” —Robert Spencer, director of Jihad Watch, author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad

“Should be read by all to understand radical Islam…. gives dire warning of what is to come if the democratic and Western world does not take responsible action to protect its people and societies.” —Paul E. Vallely, Maj. General US Army (Ret.), coauthor of Endgame: The Blueprint for Victory in the War on Terror

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