Root Causes and Rotten Ideas: On Dinesh D’Souza’s The Enemy At Home

Root Causes and Rotten Ideas: On Dinesh D’Souza’s The Enemy At Home

The Enemy At Home: The Cultural Left and Its Responsibility for 9/11 by Dinesh D’Souza

The Enemy at Home, The Cultural Left and Its Responsibility for 9/11
By Dinesh D’Souza
Doubleday, 2006, 352 pp., $26.95
 

Dinesh D’Souza’s The Enemy at Home is a declaration of common cause with people who have declared themselves against the basic concept of democracy. It doesn’t much matter that D’Souza is courting “traditional Muslims,” the phrase he uses to denote those who don’t share the radical Muslim belief in terrorism. His vision is of America as the altar of a West-East theocracy that would root out any American who doesn’t share its values. D’Souza, he is careful to point out, does not support terrorism. The question The Enemy at Home leaves you with is, why not?

In The Enemy at Home, D’Souza claims that the American left makes up a “domestic insurgency.” (Going Joe McCarthy one better, he helpfully supplies a list of names.) In this reactionary romance, the left, hating Bush more than Osama bin Laden, wants to see the president defeated. Understanding that Muslims, given the chance at democratic elections, will establish states ruled by the traditional morality they despise, the left wants to halt the potential for democracy in the Middle East.

Meanwhile, D’Souza dreams of halting democracy at home. He posits the depraved, atheistic values of the American left as the source of Muslim anger toward Ame...