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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.

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9179d834) out of 5 stars 56 reviews
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HASH(0x91e93904) out of 5 stars A clarion call for those with their heads in the sand 20 Sept. 2012
By Geoff Puterbaugh - Published on Amazon.com
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The first and most important point made by McCarthy is this: there never was any such thing as an "Arab Spring." There may have been some deluded intellectuals who thought they were going to get democracy after the revolution, but in fact there was only the "Arab Winter," or whatever you want to call the Islamic resurgence which took place everywhere.

As McCarthy accurately (and acidly) notes, the dispositive flavor of Islam right now is Islamic triumphalism -- the belief that Islam will one day rule the world. I first encountered this weird belief in 1969, in Tunisia, where I was a Peace Corps volunteer. My three roommates, all Tunisian men, and teachers like me, agreed to this point as if it was something obvious --- while I was silently realizing that, while I thought I knew these people, I didn't know about this insane belief, as if Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism and Christianity were just going to throw in the towel in favor of that extremely boring book, the Koran.

McCarthy also takes aim at that fairy-tale chimera called "Islamic democracy," there being (of course) no such thing. Even Iraq, now that Obama has left it, is dissolving into Shia-Sunni civil war, and the Lord only knows where the Kurds will wind up.

As for myself, when I realized that Hillary and Barack were trying to make FRIENDS with our implacable enemy, the Muslim Brotherhood, I blew my top. I'd seen a lot of strange things coming out of that White House, but this was the strangest. Obama pushed for the Muslim Brotherhood in Tunisia, creating a huge number of enemies who wanted nothing to do with the Ikhwan. He overthrew Gaddafi in his "funny little war" -- without Congressional consent & totally unconstitutional -- and personally created the Libyan chaos which exists today. When this blew up in his face, he sent his minions out to blame it all on some stupid video on YouTube. NEWS FLASH: YouTube has TONS of videos which disrespect Islam and Muhammad.

I can't summarize this book, but I can hope for a print edition ASAP, because anyone who wants to know what's happening in the Middle East needs to read this lucid and compelling book.

Highest possible recommendation!
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HASH(0x91e94d74) out of 5 stars A Contrarian View of the Democracy Project" 6 Oct. 2012
By P. Gibbs - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a worthy successor to The Grand Jihad, Andy McCarthy's previous book. For regular readers of his columns for National Review, the author's criticism of the so-called "Arab Spring" is no surprise. Mr. McCarthy has been a skeptic of the democracy project, started during the George W. Bush Administration, because he sees democratic civil government as requiring more than elections and written constitutions.

The cultural foundation for a civil society are obvious in American history but largely absent in any country in the Middle East besides Israel. Americans had developed the habits of representative government for over 100 years before the American Revolution. We had freedom of religion throughout the 13 colonies (albeit some more than others) long before the U.S. Constitution and the First Amendment.

The Islamic culture does not leave room for a civil society because the Koran, and the Islamic jurisprudence derived from it during Islam's first few centuries, prescribes the rules for every part of a Muslim's existence. Since the Koran is believed by Muslims to contain the direct communication from Allah to his prophet, it is not open to interpretation and its authority is absolute. That is not the belief system of all Muslims, but it is of the most orthodox and the most powerful elements of every Arab country in the Middle East.

A Muslim who advocates a secular government has no place to stand when a more orthodox Muslim accuses him of deviating from the Koran and thus of being an apostate. The penalty for apostasy is death.

The difference in Western Civilization becomes obvious when one considers the passage from the Bible, "Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's and to God the things that are God's."

Andrew McCarthy explains all this in detail and educates the reader as to the importance of the Muslim Brotherhood, which is more than a political party and acts throughout the Middle East to promote Islamic supremacy and oppose the influence of western ideas, such as freedom of conscience, freedom and equality for women, and pluralism.

The author's thesis is fairly clear: the "Arab Spring" does not resemble the liberation of Eastern Europe from Communism. It is the culmination of almost 100 years of effort by the Muslim Brotherhood to drive out western style government (no matter whether they were republics or dictatorships). The goal is for all countries in the Middle East and North Africa to be under one set of rules that are based on Islamic law.

It is going to get a lot worse before it gets better in that part of the world.
34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x91853768) out of 5 stars Know the contest and your opponent 6 Oct. 2012
By Gene F - Published on Amazon.com
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From Sun Tzu to your favorite sports coach, we learn that the way to win any contest or conflict is to know your opponent, his goals, and favorite tactics for achieving them. Andrew McCarthy provides that information about the Islamic Supremacists that oppose us internationally by both violent and non-violent tactics.

If you understand that we are in a clash of civilizations, this book will sharpen your understanding of who our opponents are, how they are aligned, the fault-lines between them, and their playbook. If you don't believe we have any such opponents or enemies, all the more reason to read this book and discover what these folks are saying openly in documents and speeches.

This book is very timely and provides essential context and insight into what is happening today in the Mid-East. Consider that a dozen years ago, we thought Turkey was a shining example of a Muslim country embracing secular government and partnering with the Western democracies. It was thought to be a model for our engagements and policy in the Middle East. Spring fever will show you how that secular Kemalist regime was converted in a very few years to an Islamic Supremacist regime under Erdogan. Today, Turkey is an "Islamic Democracy" (which is very different from a "Western Democracy" in purpose and action) in contention to be the leader of a revived "Islamic Caliphate". The same conversion playbook is being followed by the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.

Having and following the wrong model for policy decisions can result in catastrophic policy failure as evidenced by the recent attacks on our embassies and the murder of the American Ambassador to Libya. This book makes a strong case that the current "Arab Spring" is a prelude to an "Islamic Winter". It provides the context and references to evaluate it's assertions as well as to change the outcome by adopting more realistic policies.

Whether you agree or disagree with the author's view, this book presents the pertinent Mid-East history and context to help you confirm or change you opinions.
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HASH(0x917aedbc) out of 5 stars Spring Fever: The Illusion of Islamic Democracy 21 Oct. 2012
By sailor46 - Published on Amazon.com
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Andrew McCarthy hit the nail right on the head. How can we be so desperate so as to completely miss the smoke screen. The Islamic radicals (we are so afraid to call them what they are) may be fewer in number, but they are the ones that hold the power. Why is it so hard for us to understand that the Western mind and the Islamic mind is world's apart. We pride ourselves on separation of "church" and state. To them "church" and state are one...the state is there for fulfill their religion. We are so politically correct. Wake up North America. What we have so long cherished, indeed, the reason that we came about is being seriously challenged. We are the proverbial frog in the heating water. Listen to McCarthy!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9175ec18) out of 5 stars Educational and a View Through the Kultursmog 19 Nov. 2012
By Bernard Chapin - Published on Amazon.com
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The media played up the events of 2011 in the Middle East and pretended that it was a public rising rooted in democratic desires and liberal enlightenment. Their slant was utter hogwash. When contrary evidence soon became apparent I recall one journalista decrying reality in a blog with the words "but I thought it was about democracy?" Who told her that? Well, dumb media members like herself. The truth was far darker but partially harmonious with her assumptions as Sharia law IS widely desired by citizens of Libya and Egypt. In short, Sharia rule is democratically based. Yet the governments now installed will not appear humanistic in any sense of the term. Enter Andrew McCarthy: lawyer and fearless writer tackling foreign policy issues. I was very happy to hear his perspective in Spring Fever because I was a big fan of The Grand Jihad: How Islam and the Left Sabotage America. It was superb and provided a great deal of history concerning Islam of which I never knew. This release continues in this same tradition, and is as much a work of history as it is a discussion of foreign policy. I did not realize how much the prime minister of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan was a fervent departure from former rulers, but you'll learn a considerable amount about his Islamacist takeover of that country in the first eight chapters of this book. Out of everything here, I appreciated the chapter "The Neo-Ottomans" the most, but, in light of what's going on at this very moment with Israel and Egypt in Gaza, McCarthy's "Champion of Hamas" was the most prophetic. Mr. McCarthy is so instructive in this regard that one almost wonders if he wasn't Mohamed Morsi's psychiatrist. Spring Fever is a very memorable work.
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