The first fundamental truth about the "Arab Spring" is that there never was one. The salient fact of the Middle East, the only one, is Islam. The Islam that shapes the Middle East inculcates in Muslims the self-perception that they are members of a civilization implacably hostile to the West. The United States is a competitor to be overcome, not the herald of a culture to be embraced.
Is this self-perception based on objective truth? Does it reflect an accurate construction of Islam? It is over these questions that American officials and Western intellectuals obsess. Yet the questions are irrelevant. This is not a matter of right or wrong, of some posture or policy whose subtle tweaking or outright reversal would change the facts on the ground. This is simply, starkly, the way it is.
Every human heart does not yearn for freedom. In the Islam of the Middle East, "freedom" means something very nearly the opposite of what the concept connotes to Westerners it is the freedom that lies in total submission to Allah and His law. That law, sharia, is diametrically opposed to core components of freedom as understood in the West beginning with the very idea that man is free to make law for himself, irrespective of what Allah has ordained. It is thus delusional to believe, as the West's Arab Spring fable insists, that the region teems with Jamal al-Madisons holding aloft the lamp of liberty. Do such revolutionary reformers exist? Of course they do . . . but in numbers barely enough to weave a fictional cover story. When push came to shove and worse the reformers were overwhelmed, swept away by a tide of Islamic supremacism, the dynamic, consequential mass movement that beckons endless winter.
That is the real story of the Arab Spring that, and the Pandora's Box that opens when an American administration aligns with that movement, whose stated goal is to destroy America.
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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.
Table of Contents
Table of Abbreviations ix
Chapter 1 The Train 1
Chapter 2 Totalitarian Democracy 11
Chapter 3 Sharia and Factophobia 27
Chapter 4 Pangloss and Pandora 39
Chapter 5 They Just Don't Like Us 51
Chapter 6 "I Am a Servant of Sharia" 59
Chapter 7 The School of Hard Knocks 67
Chapter 8 The Turkish Model 75
Chapter 9 Joining the Jihad 87
Chapter 10 Champion of Hamas 99
Chapter 11 The Neo-Ottomans 117
Chapter 12 Spring Fever 135
Chapter 13 The Islamic Renaissance 151
Conclusion: It's How You Think About It 179
About the Author 183
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