15 Jun 2012
I've read 'Ideological Jihad'. It's a good book: recommended. For the greatest effect, those who intend to read it should also obtain - preferably from a library, so as not to have to shell out any more money than necessary - and read a book by one of Australia's slimiest and most plausibly meretricious Mohammedan da'wa artists, Walid Aly, entitled "People Like Us". Ms Janson's book is a sustained and fiercely reasoned riposte to Mr Waly's concatenation of subtle and unsubtle lies and nonsense. Item by item.
Also, I have met Ms Janson face to face, conversed briefly with her, and heard her speak in public. She is rational and impassioned and laser-focused and never wastes a word. If she were standing for election in the electorate where I reside (which she is not, for we are from different parts of Australia), I would vote for her in a flash (I understand she intends to enter politics, and I am cheering her on).
We Aussies are lucky. Out of a population of some 22 million we have had, so far, Vickie Janson and Dr Mark Durie step up to the plate; and honorable mention, too, should go to Cardinal Archbishop George Pell; and there is an Aussie journalist, Peter Day, currently writing a book about the persecution of the Copts (I have seen his work quoted by more than one journalist and by at least one politician). And there is Paul Stenhouse, who is very clear-headed.
Our Coptic emigre community seems to grow less dhimmified by the day.
And interestingly, a couple of the least-dhimmified Jewish Israeli blogs I read - 'This Ongoing War' and 'Israellycool' are kept up by Jews from Australia who have made aliyah.
PS There is another excellent book, also produced in Australia, on the subject of Islam, the jihad and sharia. It is edited by one David Claydon, and it is entitled "Islam, Human Rights and Public Policy". It came out in 2009. this is a collection of essays - including essays by Patrick Sookhdeo and Michael Nazir-Ali, and Britain's Elizabeth Kendal - which is intended as a preliminary accessible reference work for busy politicians.