The Enemy of My Enemy
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The Enemy of My Enemy cover
|Publisher||University Press of Kansas|
|Preceded by||Confronting Right-Wing Extremism and Terrorism in the USA (2003)|
|Followed by||Willis Carto and the American Far Right (2008)|
The Enemy of My Enemy: The Alarming Convergence of Militant Islam and the Extreme Right is a book by political science professor George Michael of the University of Virginia Wise. It examines the alliances between neo-Nazis, Holocaust deniers, and white separatists with Islamists such as Al Qaeda, Hezbollah, Hamas, and Egyptian Islamic Jihad.
In the book Michael examines the positions of neo-Nazi and Islamist groups on American foreign policy, the media, modernity, and the so-called New World Order. Both camps share a "fervent anti-Semitism, accompanied by strong pro-Palestinian views, anger over Israel's influence on American policymakers, and opposition to the Iraq War and the U.S. presence in the Middle East."
- The Contemporary Extreme Right
- The Development of Militant Islam
- Militant Islam in the United States
- Interaction between the Extreme Right and Islamic/Arab Extremist
- The U.S. Government's Response to Political Extremism and Terrorism
- The Role of Non-Governmental Organizations in the Aftermath of 9/11
- How the Extreme Right Views the Current Crisis
- How Militant Islam Views the Current Crisis
- Prospects for Cooperation between Militant Islam and the Extreme Right
- Selected Bibliography
Political Science Quarterly reviewed the book, writing:
George Michael's The Enemy of My Enemy explores the connections and possibilities for cooperation between a threat of substantial contemporary interest to policymakers, intelligence analysts, and political scientists—militant Islamic movements like the al Qaeda organization (AQO)--and one that is, in many respects, an incipient one, Western right-wing extremism. The book provides a good overview of the historical and intellectual wellsprings of these two movements, but ultimately does not provide a case that would justify alarm. (Larson 2007)
Daveed Gartenstein-Ross of The Weekly Standard and Foundation for the Defense of Democracies noted that the book was far from perfect as at some points it has block quotes with very little analysis, and is too long, but that its value "can be found in its in-depth study of the on-again, off-again love affair between radical Islam and the extreme right. How the latest chapter in this romance will play out remains to be seen."(Gartenstein-Ross 2006)
- Gartenstein-Ross, Daveed (August 9, 2006), "Strange Allies – George Michael's "The Enemy of My Enemy" details the unlikely alliance between militant Islam and the extreme right", The Weekly Standard
- Durham, Martin (2007). "George Michael. The Enemy of My Enemy. The Alarming Convergence of Militant Islam and the Extreme Right -- Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2006. 397+viii pp; $34.95. ISBN 0-7006-1444-3". Terrorism and Political Violence (Routledge) 19 (3): 435–436. doi:10.1080/09546550701476000.
- Larson, Eric V. (2007). "George Michael, The Enemy of My Enemy – The Alarming Convergence of Militant Islam and the Extreme Right (Book Review)". Political Science Quarterly (Academy of Political Science) 122 (1): 159–160. doi:10.1002/j.1538-165x.2007.tb01595.x.
- Lerner, Saul (2008). "The Enemy of My Enemy: The Alarming Convergence of Militant Islam and the Extreme Right (review)". Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies (Project MUSE Journals) 27 (1): 138–141. doi:10.1353/sho.0.0272.
- The Enemy of My Enemy, at the publisher's website.
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