Wednesday, July 21, 2004

I mentioned a couple of days ago that I was reading Gerald Posner's Why We Slept and said that I would comment further once I had finished the book. When I was about halfway into the book, I had concerns that the examination of the events that led up to 9/11 was rather blunt in the implication that Islam=bad. In the end, I don't believe that was the author's intent, but that tone did unfortunately come across from time to time. Ultimately, I do think he spelled out the difference between the Islamic fundamentalism of splinter groups such as Al Qaeda, other fundamentalist factions and the moderate Muslims who are targets of such groups themselves.

Much of the information contained in the book is stuff that has at least been given surface coverage by major news outlets, but the contentious relationship between the FBI and CIA is explored even deeper. Why We Slept also gives a rather honest evaluation of how politics entered into the fray, from the presidential term of George H.W. Bush through Clinton's eight years in office and even on up to the eight months of Bush the second's presidency that proceeded the attacks. The book probably leans to the right too much for those with more liberal beliefs, but I recommend it nonetheless.

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