“The enemy is within the gates; it is with our own luxury, our own folly, our own criminality that we have to contend.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero
Andrew C. McCarthy’s remarkable new book The Grand Jihad – How Islam and the Left Sabotage America (Encounter Books, 2010) puts the Obama administration, U.S. agencies tasked with maintaining our security, Islamism and the hard left on trial.
McCarthy honed his prosecutorial skills as Assistant United States Attorney for the southern district of New York. From 1993 to 1996 he was in charge of the successful prosecution of Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman and other jihadists for plots to bomb the World Trade Center, the Lincoln and Holland tunnels, the United Nations complex, and possibly the FBI’s downtown Manhattan headquarters.
Long before 9/11 focused our attention on Islamic terrorism, McCarthy connected the dots between the 1990 assassination of Rabbi Meir Kahane –t he first jihad murder committed on American soil – and the bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993. He described this in devastating detail in his first book Willful Blindness: A Memoir of the Jihad (Encounter Books, 2008).
In his new book, McCarthy lays out his case with scrupulous care, backing his arguments with solid research, including an impressive knowledge of radical Koranic doctrine and its guiding principles of jihad, Sharia and conquest.
Islam and its ubiquitous apologists present their faith as a “Religion of Peace” but in this book, the author revisits the bloody legacy of Jihad including the PLO’s nouveau pacifist and “peace partner” Abu Mazen/Abu Abbas’ participation in the murder of women and children and focuses on the Arab lionization of the “brave leaders and model warriors” who carried out the most brutal attacks. He is scornful of those who see the “root cause” of Muslim hostility to the United States in the Israel/Arab conflict. McCarthy writes: “Israel serves as the commentariat’s unified field theory for explaining all Islamic hostility.” Along with the formidable Diana West, McCarthy was one of the few who took Gen. Petraeus to task for his recent echoing of the “unified field theory” on Arab hostility.
Under the heading “The Sabotage Campaign in Action” the author details the escalating defiance by Muslims and their representative organizations and the craven response by our institutions including the Transportation Security Administration, the Pentagon, Congress, and Homeland Security. The Justice Department’s inability to distinguish between common criminals and terrorists gets the special scorn it deserves.
In the chapter “On Language,” McCarthy demonstrates how talking about Islam morphed into the equivalent of a capital crime and he does not spare Obama’s predecessor George Bush’s efforts to expunge the word “Jihad” and absolve Islam. In spite of these efforts, Muslims have escalated demands by intimidating publishers and the media. Terrorists and their enablers can get university tenure and high school students will be indoctrinated in classrooms as the American Textbook Council now recommended in a recent study “Islam in the Classroom.”
On immigration, which is now a national obsession, McCarthy cites the cautionary case of Somali refugees who are now naturalized citizens but are a locus for intense recruitment by Al-Shabaab (the Somali Al Qaeda affiliate) in mosques and schools.
Chapter by chapter, McCarthy indicts those who air brush the enemy; those in the academies, the courts and the media and our financial system who resolutely see no jihad; who ignore the sedition emanating from mosques, madrassas and Muslim charity and fraternal organizations; who seek to destroy our institutions and values from within.
He courageously takes the indictment right up to the White House and the administration’s “lone isolated extremist” knee-jerk reaction to every terrorist outrage. He excoriates President Obama for his delay in making a public statement and the Justice Department for its rush to offer Miranda rights to the Christmas Day bomber Abdulmutallab who almost brought down an airliner over Detroit.
McCarthy displays a great knowledge of Islamic doctrine, but I leave it to other scholars such as Andrew Bostom to explain the myriad hadiths and suras of the Koran which drive the jihad. It is his methodical indictment of the enemy within and the scrupulously researched and documented evidence of the willful blindness of our present leaders that is most compelling.
Since the book went to print, we have had another episode with the Times Square terrorist. Even New York’s Mayor Bloomberg speculated that the terrorist was “a mentally deranged person or somebody with a political agenda that doesn’t like the health-care bill or something.” Something indeed!
McCarthy concludes with this about American response: “No Yemen, no Britain, no Islam, no ideology. Most of all, no Grand Jihad. A lone ‘isolated extremist.’ Just like Nidal Hasan, the Christmas bomber had spontaneously combusted without rhyme or reason, impossible to predict, impossible to prevent. From this kind of threat America could not and would not defend itself.” And, writes McCarthy, “A half a world away, King Abdullah smiled. He knew a bow when he heard one.”
The morning news presents almost daily assaults to our sense of security by government and cabinet officials charged with our safety, and Andrew McCarthy is like an instant deployment force who responds in columns and blogs almost instantaneously.
This book is the most damning response of all and the best book on the subject I have read – and I have read most of them.
Buy it and read it and make sure it gets to libraries and academies and legislators and the media. Encounter Books deserves kudos.
The enemy is within the gates.
Editor’s note: This article is adapted from a review that appeared in the June edition of OUTPOST magazine.