A blind sheik & a mute president
Egypt's terror-coddling President Mohamed Morsi has repeated his arrogant demand that America free convicted 1993 World Trade Center bombing mastermind Omar Abdel-Rahman. I'd like to report that President Obama repeated his unequivocal rejection of the Muslim Brotherhood leader's entreaties. But as of this writing, no such public statement yet exists.
That's right. Obama has kept mum about Morsi's vociferous lobbying on behalf of Abdel-Rahman, the “blind sheik,” who is serving a life sentence at a maximum-security prison in North Carolina. The commander in chief's silence speaks volumes.
Morsi started publicly haranguing the U.S. to have mercy on the ol' blind sheik back in September. Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., confirmed to the New York Post at the time that the Egyptian government had “asked for his release” and that the request was being considered by the Obama administration.
Underlings denied any talks were underway, but pressure on the White House had been building since at least last June, when the State Department granted a visa to a member of the radical Egyptian terrorist group Gamaa Islamiya (the very group the blind sheik is alleged to lead). The Gamaa Islamiya representative joined an entire delegation of Egyptian lawmakers, who met with top State Department and White House officials. They reportedly discussed the possible release of the blind sheik with at least one Obama national security official.
Lest you need reminding, the wily blind sheik has abused his visitation privileges to wreak more terror from behind bars. His radical left-wing lawyer Lynne Stewart was convicted in 2005 of helping her client smuggle coded messages of Islamic violence from the imprisoned sheik to outside followers in violation of an explicit pledge to abide by her client's court-ordered isolation.
This “old man” is a virulent anti-American propagandist who condemned Americans as “descendants of apes and pigs who have been feeding from the dining tables of the Zionists, Communists and colonialists” and called on Muslims to “destroy” the West, “burn their companies, eliminate their interests, sink their ships, shoot down their planes, kill them on the sea, air or land.”
As GOP watchdogs call for Obama to keep the blind sheik locked up, we will no doubt hear more slick protestations that the White House has “no plans” to release the terror preacher. But I'm with Andrew McCarthy, the former assistant U.S. attorney who prosecuted Abdel-Rahman and who warned last fall, “There's no way to believe anything they say.”
This is the administration, after all, that endorsed the release of convicted Lockerbie bomber Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, whose terrorist act resulted in the murder of 189 Americans. This is also the administration that has rolled out the red carpet for scores of visitors belonging to groups serving as fronts for the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas and other militant Islamic outfits.
And this is the administration that lied and blamed an obscure movie for its own dereliction of duty at our consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
Denial is a river that runs through 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., but the Obama administration's tone-deaf acts of jihad-appeasement speak for themselves. Concern is more than warranted. It's de rigueur.
Michelle Malkin is the author of “Culture of Corruption: Obama and his Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks and Cronies” (Regnery 2009).
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