When it comes to Islam both parties are indistinguishable. Both parties support the Muslim Brotherhood led Arab Spring, albeit for different reasons. Both the Pharaoh Obama and Mitt Romney are itching to intervene in Syria to assist the Muslim Brotherhood/Al-Qaeda in overthrowing the Assad regime and establishing a Sharia based state. Both parties are silent about the clashes between Islamic North Sudan and Christian South Sudan. Both parties support Islamic immigration to America. When it comes to our biggest overseas threat, both parties are Dhimmis to the Islamist agenda of the House of Saud and Muslim Brotherhood. The Democrats view the Islamists as fellow travelers in some global revolutionary struggle. Republicans are blinded by Wilsonian philosophy of Democracy at all costs. This attitude by the part of both parties has made the Islamist movement more powerful than before 9/11. Not many speak out about it, but one man does.
Andrew McCarthy is a breath of fresh air on the Right. He calls it like he sees it and has no hesitation to call out the Republican Party and their naive foreign policy that enables the Muslim Brotherhood. He also points out the fallacy of Islamic outreach that both parties do. He rightfully points out that after 9/11 the Islamic influence in our politics is stronger than ever. People are no longer allowed to call out the true nature of the Islamic threat. When they do they are silenced and ostracized by both parties. As recently as the 90’s prominent public figures were allowed to criticize Islam. Now it is taboo and both parties enforce this code of Omerta.
A few years back, I wrote a book called “Willful Blindness: A Memoir of the Jihad.” It was about being on the “front lines,” so to speak, of the battle against Muslim terrorism. I put “front lines” in quotes because, though the terrorists saw themselves as fighting a doctrinally ordained war of armed combat, we were treating them as mere criminals — such that our idea of a battlefield was the federal courthouse, and our idea of a commander was, well . . . me.
Still, things were better 20 years ago. If the book were to be written about today’s counterterrorism approach, I’d have to call it Compulsory Blindness: A Surrender to Violent Extremism.
See, however wayward our approach in the Nineties may have been, it was still possible to tell the truth, to fashion an accurate depiction of the phenomenon.
No one prevented me from pointing out to the jury that the Blind Sheikh (Omar Abdel Rahman), whose various physical maladies rendered him unable to carry out terrorist acts, was nevertheless empowered to command the terrorist organization, solely because of his mastery of Islamic jurisprudence.
I marched into the courtroom every day for nine months and proved that there was an undeniable nexus between Islamic doctrine and terrorism committed by Muslims. The Blind Sheikh, the jury was allowed to learn, was not a fringe lunatic; he was a globally renowned scholar of sharia whose influence over a spate of international jihadist organizations was based on his doctorate from al-Azhar University, the world’s most influential center of Islamic thought. And when I demonstrated the straight-line, undeniable logic of the evidence — that scripture informed the Blind Sheikh’s directives; that those directives informed his terrorist subordinates; and that those subordinates then committed atrocities — the government gave me the Justice Department’s highest award.
Today, I’d be ostracized. No longer is the government content to be willfully blind. Today, it is defiantly, coercively, extortionately blind.
“Islamic outreach” started out in the post-9/11 Bush years as a well-intentioned but wrongheaded way to connect with Muslim communities: convince them to share information about jihadist elements while persuading them that America’s quarrel was with terrorists, not Islam per se. It was a wayward idea, but not fatally so. After all, outreach was just a sideline — something the FBI, the intelligence community, and the military did in addition to, and in the service of, their more conventional methods of gathering information and evidence in order to thwart a threat.
This is how great nations die. When the elites of a country refuse to admit who the enemy is and silences patriots like Andrew McCarthy who speak the truth. I wish the American people would wake up and see the con job both parties are doing in regards to the Islamic threat. I fear it will take the loss of a city for Americans to realize they are being used and lied to by the Democratic and Republican Parties.