Author: Brigitte Gabriel
Brigitte Gabriel lost her childhood to militant Islam. In 1975 she was
ten years old and living in Southern Lebanon when militant Muslims from
throughout the Middle East poured into her country and declared jihad
against the Lebanese Christians. Lebanon was the only Christian
influenced country in the Middle East, and the Lebanese Civil War was
the first front in what has become the worldwide jihad of
fundamentalist Islam against non-Muslim peoples. For seven years,
Brigitte and her parents lived in an underground bomb shelter. They had
no running water or electricity and very little food; at times they
were reduced to boiling grass to survive. Because They Hate is a
political wake-up call told through a very personal memoir frame.
Brigitte warns that the US is threatened by fundamentalist Islamic
theology in the same way Lebanon was radical Islam will stop at
nothing short of domination of all non-Muslim countries. Gabriel saw
this mission start in Lebanon, and she refuses to stand silently by
while it happens here. Gabriel sees in the West a lack of understanding
and a blatant ignorance of the ways and thinking of the Middle East.
She also points out mistakes the West has made in consistently
underestimating the single-mindedness with which fundamentalist Islam
has pursued its goals over the past thirty years.
and passionately committed, Gabriel tells her own story as well as
outlines the history, social movements, and religious divisions that
have led to this critical historical conflict.