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Willful Blindness: Memoir of the Jihadby Andrew C Mccarthy
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Andrew C. McCarthy takes readers back to the real beginning of the war on terror--not the atrocities of September 11, but the first bombing of the World Trade Center in February 1993 when radical Islamists effectively declared war on the United States. From his perch as a government prosecutor of the blind sheik and other jihadists responsible for the bombing, Andrew McCarthy takes readers inside the twisted world of Islamic terror.
"In this annotated retrospective, the prosecutor responsible for leading the investigation of 'Blind Sheikh' Omar Abdel Rahman and others involved in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing dissects the miscues between federal agencies that led to that event while laying bare the challenges facing the war on terror today. The pre-1993 comedy of errors begins with the CIA's decision to funnel arms and money to Afghanistan during the Soviet-Afghan war and continues with inexplicable lapses of communication between the State Department and immigration officials (despite having been placed on a State Department terror 'watchlist,' the sheikh travels freely to the United States). The most enduring oversight, however, at least from McCarthy's perspective, is the refusal among academics and political leaders to confront fundamentalist Islamic tenets, the '800-pound gorilla that is somehow always in the middle of the room when terror strikes.' The jihadist philosophy that guided the Blind Sheikh is traced through generations of Islamic thinkers to the Prophet Mohammed himself. Though McCarthy's language is at times cumbersome, his firsthand account of jihad's rise and the sheikh's 'trial of the century' is an important contribution (and in some instances, counterpoint) to existing literature on the attack that foreshadowed disaster to come." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
A government prosecutor takes readers back to the real beginning of the war on terror--not the atrocities of September 11, but the first bombing of the World Trade Center in February 1993, when radical Islamists effectively declared war on the U.S.
About the Author
Andrew C. McCarthy is a former federal prosecuter and a contributor to National Review and Commentary, among other publications. Mr. McCarthy is the recipient of numerous award, including the Justice Departments highest honor: the Attorney Generals Exceptional Service Award (1996). He has served as a Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Defense.
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