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Spring Fever: The Illusion of Islamic Democracy by [McCarthy, Andrew C]
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About the Author

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 bestsellers Willful Blindness: A Memoir of the Jihad and The Grand Jihad: How Islam and the Left Sabotage America. 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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  • File Size: 594 KB
  • Print Length: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Encounter Books (September 18, 2012)
  • Publication Date: September 18, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0097F4B8Q
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The first and most important point made by McCarthy is this: there never was any such thing as an "Arab Spring." There may have been some deluded intellectuals who thought they were going to get democracy after the revolution, but in fact there was only the "Arab Winter," or whatever you want to call the Islamic resurgence which took place everywhere.

As McCarthy accurately (and acidly) notes, the dispositive flavor of Islam right now is Islamic triumphalism -- the belief that Islam will one day rule the world. I first encountered this weird belief in 1969, in Tunisia, where I was a Peace Corps volunteer. My three roommates, all Tunisian men, and teachers like me, agreed to this point as if it was something obvious --- while I was silently realizing that, while I thought I knew these people, I didn't know about this insane belief, as if Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism and Christianity were just going to throw in the towel in favor of that extremely boring book, the Koran.

McCarthy also takes aim at that fairy-tale chimera called "Islamic democracy," there being (of course) no such thing. Even Iraq, now that Obama has left it, is dissolving into Shia-Sunni civil war, and the Lord only knows where the Kurds will wind up.

As for myself, when I realized that Hillary and Barack were trying to make FRIENDS with our implacable enemy, the Muslim Brotherhood, I blew my top. I'd seen a lot of strange things coming out of that White House, but this was the strangest. Obama pushed for the Muslim Brotherhood in Tunisia, creating a huge number of enemies who wanted nothing to do with the Ikhwan.
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This is a worthy successor to The Grand Jihad, Andy McCarthy's previous book. For regular readers of his columns for National Review, the author's criticism of the so-called "Arab Spring" is no surprise. Mr. McCarthy has been a skeptic of the democracy project, started during the George W. Bush Administration, because he sees democratic civil government as requiring more than elections and written constitutions.

The cultural foundation for a civil society are obvious in American history but largely absent in any country in the Middle East besides Israel. Americans had developed the habits of representative government for over 100 years before the American Revolution. We had freedom of religion throughout the 13 colonies (albeit some more than others) long before the U.S. Constitution and the First Amendment.

The Islamic culture does not leave room for a civil society because the Koran, and the Islamic jurisprudence derived from it during Islam's first few centuries, prescribes the rules for every part of a Muslim's existence. Since the Koran is believed by Muslims to contain the direct communication from Allah to his prophet, it is not open to interpretation and its authority is absolute. That is not the belief system of all Muslims, but it is of the most orthodox and the most powerful elements of every Arab country in the Middle East.

A Muslim who advocates a secular government has no place to stand when a more orthodox Muslim accuses him of deviating from the Koran and thus of being an apostate. The penalty for apostasy is death.

The difference in Western Civilization becomes obvious when one considers the passage from the Bible, "Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's and to God the things that are God's.
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From Sun Tzu to your favorite sports coach, we learn that the way to win any contest or conflict is to know your opponent, his goals, and favorite tactics for achieving them. Andrew McCarthy provides that information about the Islamic Supremacists that oppose us internationally by both violent and non-violent tactics.

If you understand that we are in a clash of civilizations, this book will sharpen your understanding of who our opponents are, how they are aligned, the fault-lines between them, and their playbook. If you don't believe we have any such opponents or enemies, all the more reason to read this book and discover what these folks are saying openly in documents and speeches.

This book is very timely and provides essential context and insight into what is happening today in the Mid-East. Consider that a dozen years ago, we thought Turkey was a shining example of a Muslim country embracing secular government and partnering with the Western democracies. It was thought to be a model for our engagements and policy in the Middle East. Spring fever will show you how that secular Kemalist regime was converted in a very few years to an Islamic Supremacist regime under Erdogan. Today, Turkey is an "Islamic Democracy" (which is very different from a "Western Democracy" in purpose and action) in contention to be the leader of a revived "Islamic Caliphate". The same conversion playbook is being followed by the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.

Having and following the wrong model for policy decisions can result in catastrophic policy failure as evidenced by the recent attacks on our embassies and the murder of the American Ambassador to Libya. This book makes a strong case that the current "Arab Spring" is a prelude to an "Islamic Winter".
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