Good Muslim, Bad Muslim
Mahmood Mamdani
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Good Muslim, Bad Muslim: America, the Cold War, and the Roots of Terror
Mahmood Mamdani
Three Leaves
320 pages
June 2005
rated 2 1/2 of 5 possible stars
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This is a difficult read, both in the author's writing style and the presentation of the accusations made against the United States and Israel. One of his main points, and a good one, is that terrorism is the political response, not religious, to acts of oppression. He undercuts this paradigm by accusing the United States of being the main cause for the politics and policies in the subsequent despotisms rather than the leaders of Muslim countries. Not only does he ignore Muslim-on-Muslim brutality, he fails to acknowledge the financial support some Muslim countries dole out to terrorists.

The author cannot or is not inclined to hide his bias against the United States, Israel, Christianity, Judaism, or anything remotely connected to the West. Certainly that is his right, but it does not lend itself to a dispassionate, neutral account of events of the Cold War and beyond. He claims Ronald Reagan was the first to use religion to justify war (Reagan referred to the USSR as the Evil Empire, a position so ridiculous it does not merit comment. While this is a thought-provoking book, its main value may be as an example of how some in the Muslim world view the United States.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at Pamela Crossland, 2006

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