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The Next Front: Southeast Asia and the Road to Global Peace with Islam
A U.S. senator and Pulitzer Prizewinner, both experts on Southeast Asia, offer a bold new approach to address radical Islam and fight global terrorThe next front in the war on terror is in Southeast Asia, warn Senator Christopher Bond (R-MO) and Lewis Simons, both leading experts on the region. The U.S. has bankrupted its policies in dealing with the Islamic world. As Fund ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Wiley
(first published August 27th 2009)
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While US and the western world focus On the Middle East, Pakistan and Afghanistan in thier fight against global terrorism, a 'green tide' has been emerging over the past 20 yrs in South East Asia. Not since the war in Vietnam has US given the nations of South East Asia the attention it deserves and this is a grave error. Indonesia alone has more Muslims then the entire Middle East, and a combination of Arab influence, poverty and outrage at American's policies has made it a fertile breeding grou ...more
This was an unexpectedly insightful, intelligent book, particularly given that I have never been a fan of Kit Bond, the republican senator from Missouri. The basic argument is that SE Asia is home to huge populations of Muslims and has the potential to become a hot spot for terrorist groups, particularly since there is increased communication with the Middle East now. The authors' argument is that the US should take a more intelligent approach to heading this off by providing educational and eco ...more
This is an eye opener to the lands Americans prefer to ignore; at their own peril. What I appreciate the most is the interviews. You want an introduction to the players in these lands? Then you should be reading this book. Everyone from the Lee clan, kilcullen, crumpter is even mentioned.