Saturday, November 17, 2007
Nonie Darwish & "Now They Call Me Infidel"
If you haven't read her book yet, I recommend that you do, to get a real 'insider's' perspective on the war on terror.
Nonie Darwish is a woman who left the culture of Islamic Jihad to support American liberty and tolerance. In her book, "Now They Call Me Infidel: Why I Renounced Jihad for America, Israel, and the War on Terror" she shares her story, and why so many Muslims embrace jihad and support al-Qaeda and other terrorist organizations.
As Standing Up to Jihad reports: "When she was eight years old, her father died while leading Fedayeen raids into Israel. Her family moved from Gaza back to Cairo, where they were honored as survivors of a "shahid" --a martyr for jihad. She grew up learning the same lessons as millions of Muslim children: to hate Jews, destroy Israel, oppose America, and submit to dictatorship.
But Darwish became increasingly appalled by the anger and hatred in her culture, and in 1978 she emigrated to America. Since 9/11 she has been lecturing and writing on behalf of moderate Arabs and Arab-Americans. Extremists have denounced her as an infidel and threatened her life.
Darwish writes that the only hope for the future is for America to continue waging its War on Terror, seeding the Middle East with the values of democracy, respect for women, and tolerance for all religions."
See the book.