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Reflections on the 1,400 year war.

  • Aug 4, 2010
Ralph Peters presents here 35 of his essays, articles and columns dealing with what he perceives as he 1,400 conflict between Islam and, essentially, everyone else.

This is not a happy book.

Peters begins with a lamentation over the death of history in the American public education system. History is no longer taught, replaced by "narratives meant to correct the social views of children" - and worse. He then goes on to recap the militant spread of Islam through the 17th Century, after which it has largely been on the defensive. Now it is resurgent, but Peters argues that the "infidels" do not understand the nature of Islam and that their own elites and militaries are unable to effectively combat it.

Peters reminds the reader that at one time, Muslim armies dominated about one-half of what we now know as Europe.

In this wide ranging and frequently pessimistic collection, Peters takes Western governments to task for not confronting the nature of Islam and being unwilling to combat it effectively. He explains the many failings of the campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan. Peters tries to wake the United States or, more appropriately, its people from their slumbers and explains why he thinks our greatest enemy may be Saudi Arabia.

These are definitely, as Peters states, essays, articles and columns. They are not annotated and you either accept Peters' assertions as factual or you don't - or you'd best be prepared to do your own research. He does not sugarcoat his words - nor does he take prisoners in these pages.

What he advocates is an aggressive defense of Western civilization and he isn't shy about telling how it should be done.

Peters is a strong, articulate advocate of preserving Western civilization against what he (and many others) perceive as a gathering and ominous threat.

Whether you agree with his basic outlook or not, "Endless War" is a book that merits both your reading and your contemplation.


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June 28, 2011
Definitely does not sound like a "happy book." However, it does sound like a critically important one to read. Excellent review!
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In his latest, author and columnist Peters (Fighting for the Future) puts the contemporary conflict between Islam and the West into the context of 14 centuries of warfare, making a clear and compelling case for rethinking the U.S. approach. When Muslim armies exploded out of Arabia in the 7th century, the armies of Dark Age Europe didn't know how to stop them. While the Muslims fought as a unified, cohesive army, the Europeans were loyal only to their feudal lords, fighting in small units, or simply man-to-man; fast-forward to the present of Iraq and Afghanistan, where the U.S.-led coalition is the unified force, while Islamist fanatics work as disorganized bands, attacking each other as often as coalition targets. Contrary to what Western leaders may think, Peters insists, the war on terrorism is a war of religion-at least for militant Islamists. From this vantage, Peters takes Western leaders to task for a 60 year policy of rational negotiation; in Peters's thorough analysis, the War on Terror is an emotionally-driven endeavor, and an effective strategy for victory will only arise once political and military leaders recognize the motives, internal and historical, that drive our foes.
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ISBN-10: 0811705501
ISBN-13: 978-0811705509
Author: Ralph Peters
Genre: Nonfiction
Publisher: Stackpole Books
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