Andrew McCarthy, as Assistant United States Attorney in New York, successfully prosecuted the Blind Sheikh, Omar Abdel Rahman, for the 1993 attack on the World Trade Center. To accomplish this, McCarthy unraveled labyrinthine Islamist associations and terrorism affiliations, learning the depth of their penetration in America. 

As McCarthy has exhaustively documented, in The Grand Jihad: How Islam and the Left Sabotage America, Islamist networks exist to opportunistically advance the goal of global sharia supremacy. McCarthy's book provides family trees for jihadist organizations and their more politically palatable student and civic groups in the United States—all of which have roots in the Muslim Brotherhood. This background information goes a long way toward explaining the recent eruptions of pro-Hamas sentiment on college campuses. 


McCarthy responded to the gruesome Hamas attack on Israel in an October 10 National Review column. He cautions that efforts to cast Hamas’s motivations and tactics in ways understood by Western observers will only result in a tragic misapprehension of the aims and worldview of this nihilistic force, intent only on the total destruction of Israel. He concludes that “one side must be broken and defeated.” And he instructs the West that “[t]he side that comprehends this, if the other doesn’t or won’t, has a significant advantage even if his arsenal is comparatively paltry.” 

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