The New Face of America's Enemies in the Muslim World
On Sale: September 9, 2008
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In 2002 Jim Sciutto began filing in-depth reports on the
Middle East for ABC News. Now, after nearly 100 assignments
in Muslim countries, Sciutto brings back this disturbing
truth: the Al-Qaeda–inspired view of an evil America bent on
destroying Islam has moved from the fringes to the
mainstream. Today, a surprising number of America’s enemies
are not wild-eyed fanatics, but moderates—often middle-class
and well educated, frequently young, many motivated by
political convictions more than religious belief.
Sciutto profiles a cross-section of people in the
Arab world, including a former Al-Qaeda jihadi turned
electrician in Saudi Arabia, a Jordanian college student
willing to risk his life by killing Americans in Baghdad, a
Christian woman who supports Hezbollah in Lebanon, bitter
pro-democracy advocates in Egypt who feel betrayed by the
United States, and British-born Muslim terrorists living in
London. The result is an alarming portrait of the depth and
scope of anti-American sentiment.
has become the unifying rallying cry for a rapidly growing
pan-Arab nationalist movement. Conspiracy theories abound as
Muslims begin to feel they are targeted by America, their
political autonomy sabotaged. The Iraq war has become one of
the most powerful recruiting tools for enemies of the United
Yet there is hope for America to turn the
tide of hate. Sciutto talks with a young female student in
Afghanistan who is cautiously optimistic that the United
States will not fail her country in the rebuilding
effort—and with a reformed jihadi in London who is finding
ways to counsel young British Muslims away from their hatred
of America. Democratic ideals are still held in high esteem,
even as America’s perceived actions against Muslims are
Against Us is an urgent wake-up call for
all Americans—and in particular those charged with
formulating U.S. foreign policy—to rebuild relations with
the Arab world and restore confidence in American values.
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