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As that Norwegian mullah told Aftenposten, “Our way of thinking .?.?. will prove more powerful than yours.” One hopes he’s wrong, but if he is, it will be ordinary Americans and Europeans, including courageous Arab-Americans like L.A. resident Wafa Sultan and the Somali-born Dutch politician Ayaan Hirsi Ali (two women openly challenging Islamist supremacism), who prove him so, and not our intellectual classes (artists, pundits, filmmakers, actors, writers). Many of the latter, consumed by Bush-hatred and cultural self-loathing, are perilously close to becoming today’s equivalent of the great Norwegian novelist Knut Hamsun, who so hated the British Empire that he sided with the Nazis in World War II, to his everlasting shame. The Force of Reason, at the very least, is a welcome and necessary antidote to the prevailing intellectual atmosphere.
THE FORCE OF REASON | By ORIANA FALLACI | Rizzoli | 290 pages | $20 hardcover
Staff writer Brendan Bernhard is the author of White Muslim: From L.A. to New York to Jihad?, a study of converts to Islam in the West(Melville House).