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Brigitte Gabriel's life, book show her credentials

Published: April 27, 2012

Haroon Moghul (Your Views, April 21) questioned Brigitte Gabriel's authority to speak on radical Islam due to her absence of scholarly publication or academic credentials. If Moghul would read “Because They Hate” by Gabriel, he'd know her Muslim knowledge is from personal experience as a Christian in Lebanon during the Muslim forced takeover, fearing for her life and her aging parents' while hiding in a backyard hole in the ground. Does she not have reasonable credentials?

Retired Army Maj. Gen. Paul E. Vallely is quoted as saying, “‘Because They Hate' should be read by all to understand radical Islam.” R. James Woolsey, director of the Central Intelligence Agency from 1993 to 1995, described “Because They Hate” as “A compelling and captivating personal story with a powerful lesson about threats to freedom in our time.”

Gabriel's personal story is happiness while growing up with economically successful parents until experiencing fear of radical Muslims as they took over Lebanon by might. She witnessed the deaths of people whose only crime was being a Christian. No scholarly publications or academic credentials? Seriously? “Because They Hate” shows the knowledge, accuracy and critical ability of the writer, the very definition of “scholarly.”

Are there better academic credentials than personal experience? “Because They Hate” is an eye-opener that every American should read to better understand who our true enemies are and the need to guard against their threats and actions.

Ott Johnson, Stillwater


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