The AfPak Reader

September 3, 2009

Defeating Political Islam – A Book Review

Filed under: Book Reviews — huntingnasrallah @ 5:22 am

Defeating Political Islam:  A Review
by: Gary H. Johnson, Jr.


Defeating Political Islam: The New Cold War
Moorthy S. Muthuswamy, author
Steven L. Mitchell, editor
$25.00, 264 pp.

Moorthy S. Muthuswamy’s 2009 release Defeating Political Islam is a necessary primer for those seeking to understand the multiple-front jihads that have plagued India since the creation of Pakistan in 1947.  The tragic history of the ongoing Hindu genocide at the hands of political Islam is not yet a primary focus of jihad scholarship in the West.  Admirably, Muthuswamy’s critique of Islam’s recent political and militant advances in Southeast Asia recognizes the inherent weakness of both democracy and diplomacy in confronting a cohesive political ideology that indoctrinates its adherents with a “passion for conquest”. 

Historical context leaps off the page for jilted Western observers struggling to make heads or tails of Lashkar-e-Taiba’s November 2008 jihadi massacre in the port city of Mumbai; Muthuswamy sets the violent affair as but one spectacular atrocity in a decades long “Siege of India”. 

The central thesis of Defeating Political Islam is that the leaders of an “Axis of Jihad” made up of Saudi Arabia, Iran and Pakistan are actively, consciously, financing political Islam via the local, regional and international propagation of the “Islamic Trilogy”. 

Muthuswamy’s polemic is designed to instill a sense of grievance in nations and individuals assailed by the winds of jihadist terrorism; and, unflinchingly holds the Axis nations to account for their “crimes-against-humanity”. 

Steeped in statistical analysis, Defeating Political Islam: The New Cold War is a deliberate challenge to the widely held notion that Islam is a religion of peace. 

For the independent terror trackers of this new cold war, Muthuswamy’s conclusions will be met with a mixture of criticism and agreement; however, what is undeniable is that his remarkable effort in the path of liberty has left over 600 reference points for those of us who are following in his wake in the as of yet still uncharted frontiers of a dawning intellectual revolution.


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