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Andrew McCarthy on Muslim Brotherhood Infiltration and the 'Grand Jihad'
Today, Wednesday, August 8, 2012, from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm Eastern Time, Andrew McCarthy will make a presentation (to be streamed live on C-SPAN 3) at The National Press Club marshalling the data which underpin the call for this Congressional inquiry by those Representatives Gingrich has aptly dubbed "The National Security Five."
Andrew C. McCarthy is an accomplished former federal prosecutor who convicted the infamous jihadist "Blind Sheikh" Omar Abdel Rahman for his role in orchestrating the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, and planning other acts of jihad terror. McCarthy recounted this prosecution in Willful Blindness: A Memoir of the Jihad, which characterized the motivating Islamic ideology, goals, and methods of contemporary purveyors of violent jihad. He juxtaposed their openly declared jihad war campaign to the "conscious avoidance" of this threat by both America's leadership elite and its masses in a game effort "to expose this suicide ethos as it pertained to maintaining our security against the terrorist threat."
But the alarming and depressing subject matter of Willful Blindness matter did not drain McCarthy of his own sanity-sparing sense of humor. McCarthy recounts the following anecdote which captures Rahman's -- and his own -- demeanor:
In The Grand Jihad, McCarthy extended these previous observations, and focused upon the more pervasive threat of jihad's non-violent manifestations, which he described so appositely, as
Central to McCarthy's presentation -- and containing key extracts eponymous to the book's title -- was a document whose contents were revealed during the Texas Holy Land Foundation jihad-terrorism funding trial. This internal Muslim Brotherhood statement dated May 22, 1991 was written by an acolyte of the Brotherhood's major theoretician, lionized Qatari cleric, popular Al-Jazeera television personality, and head of the European Fatwa Council Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi. Entitled "An Explanatory Memorandum On the General Strategic Goal for the Group In North America," the document is indeed self-explanatory.
The Grand Jihad's masterful, remarkably compendious narrative elucidated how the Muslim Brotherhood program has taken shape, concretely, in America. McCarthy offers this summary assessment:
Based upon steadily burgeoning evidence -- much of it masterfully presented by Andrew McCarthy himself, New Gingrich issued (on 7/29/12) a passionate and articulate defense of Michelle Bachman, and the four other intrepid House Representatives -- Gohmert Franks, Westmoreland, and Rooney -- demanding serious, formal Congressional investigation of the overall extent of Muslim Brotherhood influence operations.
In 1978, Charles Wendell published a magisterial translation of Muslim Brotherhood founder Sheikh Hasan al-Banna's five pathognomonic treatises, or "tracts" as Wendell translated the Arabic word "risala," in al-Banna's case. What Charles Wendell knew and was unafraid to proclaim, is that Sheikh Al-Banna represented a continuum, not just from the so-called "Muslim modernists" al-Afghani and Muhammad Abduh and Rashid Rida, most directly, but from foundational, mainstream Islam itself -- the Islam that still appeals most to the Muslim masses wherever they reside, including sadly, here in the US.
For those who may never have (or never will) actually read Al-Banna's main treatises/tracts, here are Wendell's critical summary insights:
Confirming Wendell's observation, Sheikh al-Banna wrote the following in his tract "On Jihad":
How fitting that "Sheikh" Andrew McCarthy -- uniquely knowledgeable and experienced in combating the global jihad -- has courageously arisen, yet again, to defend the core values of Western civilization against the heirs of Sheikh al-Banna. Let us pray that his clarion call is heeded.
Update: Andrew McCarthy just finished a magisterial presentation, which C-SPAN 3 posted immediately afterward