Jay Sekulow, one of America’s most influential attorneys, closely examines the rise of the terrorist groups ISIS and Hamas, explains their objectives and capabilities and how, if left undefeated, their existence could unleash a genocide of historic proportions.
Recently, the world has been shaken by gruesome photos and videos that have introduced us to the now infamous terrorist group known as ISIS. The world’s wealthiest and most powerful jihadists, ISIS originated within Al Qaeda with the goal of creating an Islamic state across Iraq and Syria and unrelenting jihad on Christians. Separate from ISIS, the terrorist group Hamas has waged an equally brutal war against Israel. Both groups, if left undefeated, have the potential to unleash a catastrophic genocide.
Rise of ISIS gives a better understanding of the modern face of terror, and provides an overview of the laws of war and war crimes. These laws differentiate between the guilty and innocent, and explain why the US military and the Israeli Defense Forces are often limited in their defensive measures.
The authors’ firsthand experience, including multiple appearances before the Office of the Prosecutor, International Criminal Court at The Hague, along with direct contact battling jihadists during operation Iraqi Freedom lends insight into this important geopolitical issue.
A must-have for anyone who wants to better understand the conflict that exists in the middle east, this well-researched and fully annotated volume is invaluable in revealing how this new brand of terrorism poses a very real threat to Americans and the world at large. It also serves as a guide to what we as individuals - and as a nation - can do to stop this escalating violence, prevent jihad, and protect Israel and America from this imminent threat.
Includes an exclusive track from the Jay Sekulow Band, "Where I Stand," a moving tribute to the persecuted Christians in Iraq.
©2014 Jay Sekulow. All rights reserved. (P)2014 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.
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While this book was ok, it was at least 50 to 60% about Israel's struggle against Hamas and Palestine and a scornful diatribe against the United States' failure to intervene more for Israel, instead of being solely about history and future of ISIS as the title implies.
If the material related to the title.
Be up-front that he is writing a pro-Isreal, anti-UN, right-of-center polemic about the evils of militant fundamentalist Islam in Iraq and the Levant. I'm sure there are people who would buy. Don't sucker me in with a title like "The Rise of Isis," steal my money with such false-advertising, and then subject me to a 3 hour rant of which 2 hours deals EXCLUSIVELY with the evils of HAMAS and the injustice inflicted on Isreal by the leftist global conspiracy.
The fact is, my political inclinations are not fundamentally divergent from Jay and his institute. I don't NEED him screaming in my ear that our withdrawl from Iraq and Afghanistan was premature. I don't NEED him telling me that HAMAS is a ruthless terrorist organization. I certainly don't need him to spend time listing off, like some macabre series of power point bullets, summaries of the atrocities committed by ISIS. They're bad guys. I know. That's why I'm looking for more information.
I would have kept the 5 minutes dedicated to the rise of Al-Baghdadi.
Save your money. This book bears no relation to its title. Move along.
This book should have been titled, "The Threat of Hamas on Israel." I've never been so disappointed in an audio book!
If you are looking for a good background and explanation of the actual rise of ISIS and people involved, this is not it. This is very light on the facts and details of ISIS and instead goes through other subjects such as Hamas, Israel, and the laws of war to paint a picture for a very right wing political argument, such as can be found nightly on Fox news or another conservative outlet.
If you are looking for a political argument this is the book, if you are looking for facts, background, and detail, such as other terrorist background books, you will be sorely disappointed as I was.
A more neutral view
US and Israel are the heroes, the international left (who ever they are) are the bad ones and the extremist Muslims must die.
He should have stopped the story before starting with the Hamas part. He should stop watching Fox
The mention of ISIS/ISIL or IS (Idiotic State) have chemical weapons, gain from Iraq. Since 2003 US led coalition forces search Iraq for WMD, and found nothing. Now some Jihadist invade Iraq, and find them in les than a year?? And where is the ISIS M1A1?
When democratic nations put their own soldiers on trial, for committing war crimes, we do that because we are free democratic nations. If we don't charge our owns if they commit crimes, we are no better than the foe, and will become like them. Remember, You are innocent until proven otherwise.
If your a pro war conservative this book is for you. If like me you are a moderate who believes that ISIS and all forms of terrorism should be wiped from the face of the earth, but also thinks understanding the situation from all sides and attempting to find the best possible solution for peace is the answer, look elsewhere. All who wave the black flag of ISIS should die, the best way to achieve victory is debatable. I'm all for any level of combat against this foe, this book is for the highest level of combat. Not a lot of real insight other than empowering the Kurds which I agree is a very good idea. Hailing Israel as a completely innocent victim is probably its largest flaw, it's anti-Palestinian rhetoric would hold much more water if a fair account of both sides failures and attitudes was present. The info on laws of war was interesting and the only aspect that made it tolerable.
As much the author ranting loudly as it was an actual discourse into the history of ISIS and associated movement. The only thing you really need to know about it is the last "chapter" is simply a terrible song rather than anything informative.
If you are expecting an historical, cultural or religious analysis of the rise of ISIS- you will be disappointed. This is a powerful exposition of pro-Israeli views of Hamas, jihad and US intervention. If that's what you want, it's a great listen.
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