Ajami on Algeria

Friday, January 25, 2013
The German Mujahidy, by Boualem Sansal
The German Mujahidy, by Boualem Sansal

Fouad Ajami, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and the cochair of the Herbert and Jane Dwight Working Group on Islamism and the International Order, reviewed the book The German Mujahidy, by Boualem Sansal (translated by Frank Wynne) that was featured in the New Republic on January 27, 2010. Sansal, an officer of the Special Forces, broke with “Le Pouvoir” in his own country and sought asylum in France. The book is based on a true story of two brothers, who, though incredibly dissimilar, must cope with the murder of their parents. The event uncovers the truth about their father, a former SS officer, and how they deal with the aftermath of the shocking truth.

“We shall never know, with precision, the numbers of Algerians who perished in the civil war that broke out in 1992. The Algerian rulers, not known for their fidelity to truth and with so much to hide, owned up, in 1999, to a toll of 100,000 lives. More reliable estimates by Algeria’s civic organizations put the toll at 200,000,” Ajami stated.

Click here to read the full review.