Mona Charen

The book is nothing if not comprehensive in its recommendations. Here you will find the Frum/Perle and, more broadly, the conservative answer to questions like: how to deal with our "allies," like France and Saudi Arabia, who are really adversaries; how to manage the United Nations; undermining the Tehran mullahocracy; defusing the North Korean bomb; weaning Pakistan from Saudi-inspired (and underwritten) extremism; policing our borders (note to libertarians: it includes a national ID card); and leaning hard on nations like Egypt, Syria (and by extension Lebanon), Venezuela, and others to cease all incitement of and support for terror.

But the greatest contribution of "An End to Evil" is its full-throated, passionate defense of the rightness of our cause. It is this more than anything else that will set liberals' teeth on edge. In the Islamists, the authors argue, we are facing the moral equivalent of the Nazis and communists. Everywhere that the bacillus of Islamism has incubated it has wrought misery and destruction. Though the authors agree that we are not at war with Islam itself, they are not afraid to notice that within the Muslim world it is the Islamists, not the moderates, who have the wind at their backs.

Spreading democracy in that benighted part of the globe is not just benevolent, it is also the very best self-defense. "Our vocation," Frum and Perle write, "is not an imperial vocation. Our vocation is to support justice with power. It is a vocation that has earned us terrible enemies. It is a vocation that has made us, at our best moments, the hope of the world."


Mona Charen

Mona Charen is a syndicated columnist, political analyst and author of Do-Gooders: How Liberals Hurt Those They Claim to Help .
 
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