by Melanie Phillips
When London was hit by suicide bombers in July 2005, the dirty little secret was finally out. Great Britain had been the European hub of Islamist extremism for more than a decade. Under the noses of British intelligence, a network of terrorists and their sympathizers had used Britain to plot, finance, recruit and train for atrocities in the United States and around the world. The scale of this activity was so large that exasperated European security agencies dubbed Britain’s capital city Londonistan.
In this groundbreaking study, Melanie Phillips shows how Britain’s imperial policy of “benign neglect” towards radical Islamist groups in the 1980s and 1990s came close to malign complicity in the activities of some of the most determined terrorist organizations ever to emerge in Europe. —Amir Taheri
“In this book, the British journalist Melanie Phillips documents not only the establishment and growth of Muslim extremist groups in London but the administrative incompetence and cultural weakness that permitted it to happen. Some pusillanimity that she records would be funny if it were not so deeply disturbing.” —Theodore Dalrymple, The American Conservative
“Melanie Phillips’s Londonistan is a last-minute warning for Britain and for much of the free world ... This book is powerful and frightening, but also courageous. In dictatorships, you need courage to fight evil; in the free world, you need courage to see the evil.” —Natan Sharansky
“Londonistan” is a courageous exposé of what is happening in Britain as well as a last minute wake up call for the British to act now before it is too late. —Isi Leibler, Israeli Insider
Londonistan…is an eloquent warning of the dangers of “multicultural paralysis” and appeasing what Miss Phillips calls “clerical fascism.”—Washington Times