**UPDATED! NEW VIDEO OF PHARES' COMPLETE REMARKS**
I made my way down the to the lovely, elegant National Arts Club last night for Walid Phares' book launch party. When I read his last book Future Jihad years ago, it was one of those moments when I was clubbed over the head with reality. If you haven't read it, I must insist that you do (although I suspect most of you have. In Future Jihad, Phares does an extraordinary job of explaining the " essence and implications of the term jihadism in ways the average American can easily understand."
In this his latest book, The War of Ideas: Jihadism against Democracy, It seems to me if you want to understand the war of ideas being waged by the jihadis, Walid Phares lays it out point by point. He brings his exception insight into the strategy and operational tactics of radical Islamists. He sets out a strategic plan to battle the jihad on the most important front - the battle of ideas.
From Afghanistan and Iraq to Europe and the United States we are engaged in one of the most heated wars of all time. In this incisive new book, the man that has been called--the only one to understand the mind of the jihadist--shows that the most important battle is actually taking place in the hearts and minds of the world's population. This is the war of ideas, where ideology is the most powerful weapon of all. Phares explores the beliefs of two opposing camps, one standing for democracy and human rights, and the other rejecting the idea of an international community and calling for jihad against the West. He reveals the strategies of both sides, explaining that new technologies and the growing media savvy of the jihadists have raised the stakes in the conflict. And most urgently, he warns that the West is in danger of losing the war, for whereas debate and theorizing rarely translate into action here, ideas and deeds are inextricably linked for the forces of jihad.
It was an excellent evening and Mr. Phares will appear on my radio show Atlas on the Air. Woo-fookin-hoo. Make sure to buy the book here so you can ask informed questions.
UPDATE: The Coming War with Islam
UPDATE: Check back later I have more Phares video - click belowNEW VIDEO!