Scanning the wall of new releases at my local library I came across Max Boot's Invisible Armies and was intrigued enough to pick it up and flip through it a bit. There were a few caution flags: the blurbs on the back, the title itself, the humblebragging prologue ... but the subject matter was interesting and it promised to be informative about conflicts and guerrilla leaders I'm not overly familiar with, so I checked it out and dove in even though I'd never heard of the author.
|Shorter Boot: "My book will engross and instruct you with well-chosen,|
well-told stories because I write like the awesomesauce!"
Name some groups that practice or practiced terrorism (a slippery term, but we can use a definition like Boot's own: violence perpetrated by non-state groups against civilian and military personnel for a political aim) and I'll wager at the top of such a list might be al Qaeda and other Islamic groups, the IRA if you want to go back to the Troubles, and others found on the NCTC (National Counter Terrorism Center) list. Look over your list and the NCTC's and notice how many are religious in nature or are involved in conflicts that are largely attributable to disagreements about the correct way to be superstitious. Then consider this statement:
|"[Modern terrorism] has been made possible by the spread of four phenomena: destructive|
and portable weaponry, the mass media, literacy, and secular ideologies."
It's not easy to make me stop reading a book I've started but that sort of intellectual dishonesty will do it.