“Ignoring the Islam in Radical Islam since 1993”
Report by Betty Sakai
Introduced to the audience by Vice President of Programs, Erika Ammirati, as “the right man, in the right place, at the right time”, Andrew McCarthy discussed his role as federal prosecutor from the Southern District of New York assigned to prosecute the ten terrorists who bombed the World Trade Center in 1993, including Omar Abdel-Rahman, aka the “Blind Sheikh”. As no template existed to provide a guide, McCarthy developed the case. It took many months. The effort was successful as all ten convictions were confirmed by the 2nd District Court of Appeals.
Best-selling author of The Grand Jihad: How Islam and the Left Sabotage America, Senior Fellow at the National Review Institute, frequent commentator discussing national security on FOX News, publishing articles in Frontpage Magazine, PJMedia, and The New Criterion, Andrew McCarthy was chosen to prosecute the case in 1993 because of his experience dealing with international crime families. At that time, the government under George H. W. Bush and then Bill Clinton defined Islamic terrorism as a problem with individuals instead of a problem with Islam. This continued under George W. Bush and Barack Obama. As Andrew McCarthy developed the case against the Blind Sheikh and the others, he came up with an entirely different conclusion. He learned that Islamic terrorism is entirely different than the cartels and international crime syndicates. In his logical, objective, analytical problem solving way, he questioned whether the proper venue for trying terrorism is the American criminal justice system or whether terrorism might be more correctly addressed at a military tribunal as part of the national security system of the United States.
In 1993, the arrest and prosecution of the ten terrorists for bombing the World Trade Center prevented four (4) other planned simultaneous bombings of the Holland Tunnel, the Lincoln Tunnel, and F.B.I. Headquarters, and the United Nations Head Office. Today, McCarthy continues to question whether international terrorists should be tried in U.S. courts. He noted that in 1993 as a result of the criminal justice system’s requirement to establish intent, to prove the defendants intended on bringing war against the U.S. in order to gain a conviction, his team “went to school” on the Blind Sheikh. They discovered that although the Sheikh was unable to participate in terrorist activities, he was a prolific writer and public speaker. He led the terrorists, quoting from the Quran and the Hadith.
McCarthy learned that Muslims immigrate to Europe and to the United States and offer Islamic Da’wah, which is offering to teach about Islam while not assimilating. Muslims seek to establish caliphate zones where Sharia Law supplants their host country’s laws. These are zones or areas where fire, police, and ambulances do not enter. Islam has found that stealth jihad works. They can deny authority, raise funds, and provide a hotbed for radical recruitment. This is happening in Europe. The goal of every Muslim, McCarthy said, is to follow the Quran and work toward dismantling their host country’s laws. We need to recognize that Muslims lie without conscience because the Quran they follow encourages them to lie to infidels.
It is important to understand, Andrew added, Muslims do not define themselves by the way we choose to define them. We talk about certain Muslims being moderate but this is wishful thinking. It is we who want to believe that Muslims are nice like us and can be reasoned with. The fact is, moderation does not exist in Islam. Those of us who live under the laws of the U.S. Constitution are considered enemies of Islam. Most Muslims may not seek to blow something up, but they do seek to change our form of government to Sharia and no attempt to negotiate with them will be successful. For centuries, Islam has been at war with Western Civilization. Muslims do not care about what we think. Americans are simply obstacles to their necessary mission to install Sharia Law in this country.
Andrew McCarthy went on to suggest that there is no single Islam. Islamic sects exist throughout the world. Our security, he said, should be the American government’s number one priority. It is a waste of time to worry about what Islam believes. We have to defend our country. Jihadists must be treated as an enemy militarily. State sponsors of terrorism must be recognized as an enemy. They can either stop exporting terrorism or suffer regime change.
As to what Americans can do to combat Islamic doctrine, the ideology he said must be discussed in the public square. Discard political correctness. Use our 1st Amendment right of free speech to expose Islam for what it is. Read the Quran. Confront Muslims. Shine the light on what they believe.
The Q&A session following was extensive. Readers are encouraged to listen to the You-Tube video of Andrew McCarthy’s presentation for a complete report. One person asked if we can expect more ransom demands from what Obama did recently. McCarthy answered that Obama has been paying ransom for hostages since 2009 including those held by Iranians in Iraq, in exchange of Taliban Commanders for Bowe Bergdahl, recently clearing thirty-four (34) jihadists for release from Gitmo in retaliation for Congress’ refusal to shut down Guantanamo Bay even as American soldiers are increasingly at risk, and just recently paying $400M in foreign currency for the four American hostages held by Tehran.
Asked about the influence of Huma Abedin on Hillary Clinton, Huma’s parents and brother being part of the Muslim Brotherhood, McCarthy answered that it would be an error to overstate the case. Hillary hired Huma because of who she is. It is Hillary Clinton who believes the problems we face are with radical jihadists, not with Islam. Hillary believes there are moderate Islamists. In respect to Mrs. Clinton, any influence Huma would exert would be “pushing on an open door”. The fact is that during Mrs. Clinton’s term as Secretary of State, American policy shifted radically from formal opposition to the Muslim Brotherhood to embracing the Muslim Brotherhood.
Asked if ISIS are Muslims, Andrew McCarthy said that some Muslims see themselves as moderates but if they believe in replacing the laws of the land with Sharia, they are not moderate. He added, we have wasted twenty-five (25) years grappling with defining Islam when it really does not matter. We must defend our nation.
McCarthy was then asked about the State of California’s Assembly declaring August as Muslim Appreciation Month. He quipped that February being a shorter month would be better. He expanded on his answer by saying that it is easy to sell anything when it is masked as a compassionate cause. CAIR developed from the Muslim Brotherhood and its primary purpose has been to support HAMAS. In years past, those supporting HAMAS were subject to felony arrest for supporting terrorism, but today CAIR has changed its public image into a human civil rights organization, applauded by Americans. All of this has been facilitated by a publicist who has a grasp of the law and is media savvy.
Comparing the United States to Europe, in America the number of Muslims is about 1% of the population (about 3M people), although Obama has stepped up the immigration pace and Hillary Clinton intends on expanding this. In France the percentage of Muslims is about 7% to 11% of the population. When asked, the French feel this number is closer to 35% to 40% because they are experiencing the tipping point of losing the French culture. When the numbers approach critical mass, the nation starts to lose sovereignty. America has not yet seceded sovereignty over parts of our country. But the enclave strategy works because after Sharia is installed, the people who live in that enclave have to work within that legal framework. This is a similar problem to what is happening in the prisons with gangs.
The problem with recognizing Islam as a religion is that in all things Islamic, politics is not separated from religion. That being said, we need to recognize the value of Muslims who live in the West who favor living under our laws. These Muslims can influence other Muslims and infiltrate Islamic power structures to help defend this country.
About Donald Trump, Andrew McCarthy said he has not been a Trump person because Trump falls easily into feeding the anti-Trump media. He is, however, more of a Never Hillary person.
Asked why the other branches of government continue to let Obama do things that are not Constitutional, he said the power of the purse is not much of a weapon anymore because shutting down entitlements threatens the politicians. Republicans have stated they will never shut down the government. So, by his own account, because Republicans will not impeach him, Obama will continue being a rogue President, overstepping his boundaries aided and abetted by Congress giving him a green light to do whatever he can get away with.
The Forum thanked Andrew McCarthy with warm applause. It was a very informative evening.
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