ON-Lion Letter
"In Obama-world, Muslim ideology has nothing to do with terrorism committed by Muslims," according to Andrew C. McCarthy in his new preface to the paperback edition of Encounter Books' Willful Blindness:  A Memoir of the Jihad.  "The latter's cause is variously ascribed to Gitmo, waterboarding, prisoner abuse at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison, and rules the President claims penalize Islamic charitable giving ...." 

"In short, the immediate cause of terrorism is George W. Bush, whose policies [U.S. Attorney General Eric] Holder says, 'made us less, rather than more, safe,'" McCarthy continues.  "So why then did jihadists attack us serially before there was a Bush administration, back in those halcyon Clinton-era days when we honored the rule of law ...?"

McCarthy led the historic prosecution against the jihad organization that carried out the 1993 World Trade Center attack.  He now directs the Foundation for Defense of Democracies' (FDD's) Center for Law & Counterterrorism.

In Willful Blindness, he tells the troubled history of modern American counterterrorism.  In it, there is a stark contrast:  a zealous international network of warriors dead certain, despite long odds, that history and Allah are on their side, pitted against the world's lone superpower, unsure of what it knows, of what it fights, and of whether it has the will to win.  It is a story of a nation and its government consciously avoiding Islam's animating role in Islamic terror.

Now, McCarthy's new preface notes, "all the world's a crime scene once again.  The FBI has been unleashed on a 'Global Security' initiative:  fanning out around the world to give Miranda warnings to captured terrorists and otherwise displace military and intelligence protocols with the Bureau's criminal investigation procedures.  It is a renewal of 1990s tactics ...."

Encounter Books is an activity of Encounter for Culture and Education, a nonprofit group that is substantially supported by Milwaukee's Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation.  Bradley also supports FDD's Center for Law & Counterterrorism.
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