After thousands of people were murdered in simultaneous terror attacks on September 11, 2001, the New York Times said the violence came “out of the blue.” Nothing could have been further from the truth. Arab-Islamic terrorists had been attacking the West for years but the reports were dismissed as the work of “madmen.” Now as new attacks, aborted and otherwise, are carried out from London to Mumbai to New York’s Times Square, Western elites – academia, the media, and government officials – have once again been fueling that same dangerous complacency that is leaving us as vulnerable as before.
In Battle for Our Minds, political communications expert Michael Widlanski shows how analysts in our intelligence agencies, academics at our universities, and journalists in our media have helped our enemies, knowingly and unknowingly. He argues for turning around this willful ignorance and explains exactly how it can be done: by facing and genuinely understanding the precise motives and mind games behind those who want to destroy us. Dr. Widlanski examines politically correct but inaccurate dogmas that captured Western universities, the CIA, and the State Department. He argues that terrorist "martyrs" want to change the course of history. To fight terror we need to combat the ideological motivators directly in what has sometimes been called "the battle of ideas."
Dr. Michael Widlanski is a specialist in Arab politics and communication whose doctorate dealt with the Palestinian broadcast media. He is a former reporter, correspondent, and editor, respectively, at The New York Times, The Cox Newspapers-Atlanta Constitution, and The Jerusalem Post. He has also served as a special advisor to Israeli delegations to peace talks in 1991-1992 and as Strategic Affairs Advisor to the Ministry of Public Security, editing secret PLO Archives captured in Jerusalem.
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John Edward Hilboldt
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