The Grand Jihad
|Author||Andrew C. McCarthy|
|Released||May 25, 2010|
The Grand Jihad is a book by Andrew C. McCarthy, a former United States federal prosecutor who prosecuted the "Blind Sheikh" Omar Abdel Rahman and other jihadists for bombing the World Trade Center in 1993. He is a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies in Washington, D.C., and a contributing editor at National Review.
McCarthy's central theme is that there is a determined group of radical Islamists working in America for a 'Grand Jihad' aimed at eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within. McCarthy argues:
"[T]his grand-jihad-by-sabotage has been underway for nearly a half century. Its bottom-up elements have stressed Islamist domination of Muslim education, community centers, and mosques. That means it is now raising, in our midst, its third generation of operatives and sympathizers."
Such developments are to be understood, he says, within a global Islamic context, past and present and doctrinal. Islam's understanding of freedom (hurriyya) is of "perfect slavery to Allah" and is completely opposed to Western notions of freedom. Islam is a totalitarian religion both through its concept of jihadism, and with its goal of the universal imposition of Shari'ah on all the peoples of the world. He also cites a "rigorously conducted" survey suggesting that two-thirds of a representative sample of the entire global Muslim community (from Morocco, Egypt, Pakistan, and Indonesia) favor the "strict application" of Shari'ah and the recreation of a transnational Islamic super-state, or Caliphate.
From the Inside Flap
The real threat to the United States is not terrorism. The real threat is the sophisticated forces of Islamism, which have collaborated with the American Left not only to undermine U.S. national security, but to shred the fabric of American constitutional democracy—freedom and individual liberty. In The Grand Jihad: How Islam and the Left Sabotage America, bestselling author Andrew C. McCarthy provides a harrowing account of how the global Islamist movement’s jihad involves far more than terrorist attacks, and how it has found the ideal partner in President Barack Obama, whose Islamist sympathies run deep.
McCarthy is the former federal prosecutor who convicted the notorious “Blind Sheikh” and other jihadists for waging a terrorist war that included the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. In his national bestseller, Willful Blindness: A Memoir of the Jihad (Encounter 2008), he explored government’s conscious avoidance of the terrorist threat, which made the nation vulnerable to mass-murder attacks. In The Grand Jihad, he exposes a more insidious peril: government’s active suppression of the Islamist ideology that unabashedly vows to “conquer America.” With the help of witting and unwitting accomplices in and out of government, Islamism doesn’t merely fuel terrorism but spawns America-hating Islamic enclaves in our midst and gradually foists Islam’s repressive law, sharia, on American life. The revolutionary doctrine has made common cause with an ascendant Left that also seeks radical transformation of our constitutional order. The prognosis for liberty could not be more dire.
Andrew C. McCarthy was a top federal prosecutor involved in some of the most significant cases in recent history. Decorated with the Justice Department’s highest honors, he retired from government in 2003, after helping launch the 9/11 investigation. He is one of America’s most persuasive voices on national security issues and author of the bestseller Willful Blindness: A Memoir of the Jihad. Currently, he is a senior fellow at the National Review Institute in Washington, D.C., and a contributing editor at National Review.
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