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5.0 out of 5 stars McCarthy has the will and courage to call things by their right names, May 26, 2010
This review is from: The Grand Jihad: How Islam and the Left Sabotage America (Hardcover)
The title of Andrew McCarthy's new book isn't something he made up, it is taken from a 1990s document from a "mainstream" "non-violent" Muslim organization describing their long term goal of hollowing out Western culture using its own values of tolerance and religious freedom. Note that Islamic countries do NOT allow tolerance and religious freedom in anything like the Western manner. And their two holiest cities are closed to us non-Muslims because we are unworthy to enter such holy places. Once they have hollowed out Europe, America, and other nations, they can fill the void with Sharia, which is the Muslim law and turn these nations into Islamic countries and their Grand Jihad will have achieved victory. Note, that terror is not necessarily part of this strategy.

In fact, Al Qaeda and their brother terrorist groups are frowned at in some of this Salafi circles. Others see them as tools that supply cover for their "moderate" work. But make no mistake about it, McCarthy warns, the goal of the Islamist moderates and the terrorists is the same. They desire the collapse of the West and the rise of Islam as the ruling way of life throughout the world. To the extent that Sharia spreads into Western democracies the strategy of "Grand Jihad" is victorious.

Have you heard of the Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani? He is a very powerful Shia cleric and deemed by our U.S. government as a "moderate" and key ally in Iraq. He teaches that we non-Muslims should not be touched or even associated with. That we, as non-believers, are filth no different than feces, urine, pigs and the like. Does that sound like moderation and mutual respect to you?

Islam is not a religion in the sense that the West currently views its various "faith communities" that are one aspect of the lives we assemble for ourselves from the lavish and extensive buffet we call our Western Culture. Islam is a faith, but it is more than that. In the Salafi view of Islam it is a complete way of life. Everything is settled and has been settled since around 900 A.D.. Well, they wouldn't use A.D. and I know it is fashionable to use C.E. nowadays, but I'm a Christian and will count my own years, thank you very much.

McCarthy also demonstrates how the post-Modern Left philosophies make us blind to this very real threat. We can't call terrorists what they are. We can't admit to ourselves what Islam is really about or even what Jihad actually means to hundreds of millions of Muslims or that this non-violent approach to conquering the West exists. This despite the fact that Sharia is making inroads into British, Dutch, and French jurisprudence. That there are whole sections of major cities in Europe that have been left to Muslim gangs to run because police cannot even enter them.

The Left elites advise that we can't use the word victory or that we are even at war with some kind of Islamic philosophy. These jihadist Islamist terrorists send a bomber into Detroit, my hometown, in order to blow a plane out of the sky on Christmas Day, a high Holy Day that most Americans observe, and our government's first instinct is to lie to us and tell us he is acting alone and that it has nothing to do with terror or Islam. But our enemies know they are at war with us and say so. And we refuse to accept the fight. Will that really end well? Where we are actually in armed conflict with them we refuse to press our advantages and let the other side dictate the rules of engagement: that we can't fight at night or shoot until shot upon and we see their weapons, and so forth. They respect only strength and we hope to appease through weakness and bowing. We need to wake up.

This is a terrific, powerful, and very informative work. I hope you pick up a copy today and read it and share it with everyone you know. Andrew McCarthy knows what he writes about. That his critics viciously attack him personally rather than debate his arguments is strong evidence that he is spot on in his observations and strong in his arguments.

We need to stand up and engage this war of civilizations at all levels. Folks, this is not going to go away. Our enemy is implacable, patient, and relentless. We have to be stronger, more tenacious, and willing to endure all things until we achieve victory. But first we have to allow ourselves to call things by their right names.

Reviewed by Craig Matteson, Saline, MI
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Initial post: Oct 13, 2010 9:17:33 PM PDT
LeeSeeker says:
Nothing like a reformed drunkard to criticize something he was addicted to. This book had several slanted and inaccurate statements about Islam and history in the first few pages. While it is true Mohammed did kill most of the Jewish men in Medina, it was not for their failure to convert. It was because they conspired behind Mohammed's back with the Meccans to try and defeat him.

In addition, there is nothing in the Quran that says kill the Christians and Jews without ceasing. In the Cow, Surah One it says fight them only until they stop fighting. An independent study done showed there is far more violence in the Old Testament than the Quran, thank God for the New Testament. Look at Leviticus 20, kill your children if they curse you. I lived in Saudi Arabia for 45 months, while many there are unfair to third country nationals and women do not have many rights, the people are very friendly. I think I will send this book to King Abudallah through a friend and when he reads it, he may stop some of the 10-40 billion dollar deals he is working with the U.S. on defense spending costing thousands of jobs. I am sure Rush Limbaugh who praised this book would love that.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 13, 2010 9:51:47 PM PDT
LeeSeeker, your post has its own problems. The Cow is surah 2, not the first surah.

In reply to an earlier post on May 3, 2014 6:04:51 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Feb 1, 2015 11:16:42 AM PST
Publicus says:
The Soviets achieved great success employing the tactics McCarthy describes. Why wouldn't others hoping to weaken America and/or subvert the American mind employ the same or similar tactics?

As Santayana wisely counseled us: "Those that fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it."

Thank God for brave patriots like McCarthy who are not afraid to speak truth to power.

In reply to an earlier post on May 3, 2014 6:20:54 PM PDT
Publicus says:
LeeSeeker,

The reasons you provided for why Mohammed killed the Jews in Medina were similar to the reasons Stalin gave for slaughtering the Polish officers in the Kaytn Forest & members of his own military. And those reasons look a lot like those that Kim II-sung, Pol Pot, Idi Amin, Adolph Hitler, Robert Mugabe, Frodouald Karamina, Omar Al-bashir, Sani Abacha, etc. used to justify their mass executions of innocents.

We have to look more to what men do than what they say.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 1, 2015 11:20:14 AM PST
Publicus says:
Might the Arab conquerors that seized the provinces of Palestine, Syria and Egypt from the Romans not have been Muslim at all? Did the Quran, the supposed corpus of Muhammad's revelations, in fact derive from a whole multiplicity of pre-existing sources? (It would seem so, as many of Mohammad's ideas appear to have been derived from ideas & beliefs of 1st Century & early 2nd Century C.E. Jewish Zealots.) Was it possible that Muhammad himself, rather than coming from Mecca, had lived far to the north, in the deserts beyond Roman Palestine? (If so, that would help explain his familiarity with the doctrines of the Jewish Zealots.) After a decades long study, famed British historian Tom Holland concluded answer to all these questions (not the matters in parenthesis, those are mine) was a resounding "yes."

http://vimeo.com/79051482

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=erxWJ5XdVnE

Only by having free & open discussions about matters can people get closer to the truth. It would seem that those that violently try to keep matters hidden & protected have something (myth?) to hide.

If Mohammad is who Muslims believe he is, his image & their beliefs should be able to stand-up to any ridicule, any degree of scrutiny, & any comment. Because in the end truth always wins out. And Muslims' salvation should depend upon their beliefs & their adherence to those beliefs, not what others say & do.

If Muslims were true believers, they'd pity non-believers, but leave them alone. Muslims must believe that Allah put all people on earth & he must have had his reasons for putting non-believers here. Perhaps Allah put non-believers on earth to test Muslims faith. For them to go against Allah's will & destroy the tests he established for Muslim faith is blasphemy! Muslims must start looking inward at their own faith & stop worrying about what others are saying & doing.
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