Londonistan: How Britain is Creating a Terror State Within
|Media type||Print (Hardcover)|
|LC Class||HV6433.G7 P55 2006|
Londonistan: How Britain is Creating a Terror State Within is a 2006 best-selling book by the British journalist Melanie Phillips about the spread of Islamism in the United Kingdom over the previous twenty years. The book was published in London by Encounter books.
Describing the book in The American Conservative magazine, the writer Theodore Dalrymple wrote "the British journalist Melanie Phillips documents not only the establishment and growth of Muslim extremist groups in London but the administrative incompetence and cultural weakness that permitted it to happen. Some pusillanimity that she records would be funny if it were not so deeply disturbing."
The book encompasses a critique of multiculturalism, alleged weak policing, cultural relativism and what Phillips calls a "victim culture". She argues that these forces combined to create an ideal breeding ground for Islamic terrorists. She points to the centrality of London-based individuals and groups to many terror plots around the world, which she argues were enabled by a semi-formal "covenant of security" between Islamists and the British authorities. Zacharias Moussaoui and the shoe-bomber Richard Reid are two of many such examples she points to in the book.
Writing for the Canadian magazine Maclean's, Mark Steyn described it as an "indispensable" read. Steyn continued "Melanie Phillips makes a point that applies to Britain, Canada and beyond." Asia Times also described the book as "indispensable".
"Londonistan is a last-minute warning for Britain and for much of the free world...the book is powerful and frightening, but also courageous." Nathan Sharansky "In this groundbreaking study, Melanie Phillips shows how Britain’s imperial policy of “benign neglect” towards radical Islamist groups in the 1980s and 1990s came close to malign complicity in the activities of some of the most determined terrorist organizations ever to emerge in Europe." Amir Taheri
Fahad Zafar writing for DAWN.com says that Melanie Phillips has generalised Muslims by arguing that if certain British Muslim boys were 7/7 bombers, all Muslim boys are potential hardliners / terrorists. I think that such views need to change. Someone should explain that such announcements could result in a serious conflict between Muslims and Christians. Rather authors should write against the actions of Mr Bush in Iraq and Afghanistan, where millions of innocent people have perished under the orders of mighty oil traders.Melanie Phillips should write a book about the treatment of minority groups in different parts of the UK. Although I must emphasise here, however that some of the closest friends I made during my stay in the UK belong to the majority community.
- The Times Christmas choice: politics The Times, 7 December 2007
- Theodore Dalrymple (12 February 2007). "Speak the Queen's Urdu". The American Conservative. Retrieved 13 October 2013.
- "The Islamoschmoozing has gone into full gear. What's the harm? This is how nations die", Macleans, 13 June 2006
- "This time the crocodile won't wait" (book review), Asia Times, 23 May 2006
- Londonistan Melanie Phillips
- Michael Burleigh, "Why we now grow our own terrorists", The Daily Telegraph, 19 July 2006
- David Smith, "Enemy within" (book review), The Observer, 22 April 2007
- Brendan O'Neill, "Losing the plot", book review, New Statesman, 12 June 2006
- Fahad Zafar, "Londonistan", book review, DAWN, 9 August 2009
- Interview at Madrid11.net
- Interview at The Guardian
- Video of Phillips discussing the book at the Heritage Foundation
- "Library Reverses Rejection of ‘Potentially Incendiary' Book", New York Sun
- Summary of book at WikiSummaries