Oh! I nearly forgot! We have five copies of Andy's broadside to give to you. They go to the authors of the best five comments, as measured by the "like" button, and you're on the honor system--one vote, one member, and not for yourself.
In response to my posts about the Muslim Brotherhood, his new broadside, and the Ricochet Book Club, Andy McCarthy has kindly offered to join us for a discussion. You have all done the reading, I presume? I warned you the test was coming.
Let me start by saying that in response to my post--in which I agreed broadly with much of what Andy said in the broadside, but faulted him for not drawing a sufficiently clear distinction between Islam and Islamism--Andy asked Encounter Books to send me a copy of The Grand Jihad, for which I thank him and thank Encounter Books.
Whether or not you agree with his arguments, it's a surprisingly great book--great, in the sense that Andy's a natural writer: It's gripping, it's dramatic, and in places very funny (where it is not absolutely horrifying). It was a bestseller and now I see why. It deserved to be.
I must say that Andy in fact takes pains in his book to draw at quite some length exactly the distinction I faulted him for not drawing clearly enough in his broadside. He devotes an entire chapter to it. I'll leave it to him to explain why this important distinction--the case for which he makes extremely well--was elided in the broadside.
By the way, the reception to The Grand Jihad is an object lesson in the importance of reading a book before criticizing it. Conor Friedersdorf, you know I like you, but you got suckered on this one. You should have read it before writing this; you'd see that you're missing his point.
Also by the way, Andy, while I was all too aware of much of what you discuss, the chapter on Kenya was new to me, and very disturbing. That should be better known.
Anyway, to the broadside. The first meeting of the Ricochet Book Club is convened. Questions for Andy? He's right here. I have quite some number, but I'll let you all start first.