New president promises Egypt: I’ll work to free the blind sheikh convicted after the first WTC bombing

posted at 6:41 pm on June 29, 2012 by Allahpundit

A vignette from Morsi’s semi-official swearing-in this afternoon in Tahrir Square. Here’s what populism looks like in the “new” Middle East:

Omar Abdel-Rahman, “the blind sheikh,” is serving a life sentence in a federal prison for his role in the 1993 bombing that killed six people in lower Manhattan. The attack on the World Trade Center launched by al Qaeda eight years later on Sept. 11, 2001, killed nearly 3,000 people.

“I see banners for Omar Abdel Rahman’s family, and for prisoners arrested according to martial rulings and detainees from the beginning of the revolution,” said Egyptian president-elect Mohammed Morsi to a buoyant crowd of Islamist supporters in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Friday. “It is my duty to make every effort, and I will beginning tomorrow, to secure their release, among them Omar Abdel Rahman.”…

Using evidence collected by an Egyptian informant, the U.S. government prosecuted Rahman for conspiracy in connection with the February 1993 World Trade Center attack. After the attack, the government recorded Rahman encouraging further violence against targets in New York and New Jersey.

Bear in mind, this guy has a Ph.D from USC, taught at Cal State-Northridge for three years in the early 80s, and has two children who are American by birth. This isn’t a case of a random Arab politician demagoging America by praising some jihadist degenerate who plotted against the U.S. This is a guy who lived here, studied here, worked here, and had kids here. And now he’s looking to spring someone who was even further ahead of the terrorist curve than Bin Laden. Go figure that a Truther would make freeing characters like Rahman a priority.

Don’t assume that Morsi was simply playing to the crowd either in mentioning Rahman today. The NYT notes that he’s mentioned him before on the campaign trail. Could be that he doesn’t really care but recognizes that this is an effective pander to Egyptian voters, Salafists especially, which would be bad enough. But maybe he really does care and is planning to broach the subject of early release with the U.S., knowing full well that America is eager to build a relationship with the Brotherhood in order to increase its leverage over Egypt. The One’s never going to agree to commute Rahman’s sentence — it would squander all the counterterror credibility for Democrats that he’s built over the past three years — which makes me wonder if Morsi doesn’t realize that and is just an idiot or if he does realize that and is using this strategically. Remember, the MB has said repeatedly that it won’t be the party who breaks the treaty with Israel, but all that really means is that they’ll be looking for some so-called Israeli “provocation” as a pretext to claim that Israel’s actions invalidated the treaty instead. Could be Morsi’s playing the same game with the U.S.: He doesn’t want to be seen as rejecting a relationship with America out of hand, but at the same time he figures he’ll do better politically at home by positioning himself as an American antagonist. (With good reason.) So he’ll ask the White House to prove its “good faith” and trust in the “new Egypt” by handing over Rahman, and if they refuse, then he gets to claim that he extended his hand in peace but was rebuffed by those darned American Zionists. We’ll see whether American help with Egypt’s economy is more important to him than the retail benefits of anti-Americanism.

Via MEMRI TV, here’s our new partner in peace on the campaign trail a few weeks ago. See J.E. Dyer’s post in the Greenroom for more.


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The hits keep coming from this guy!

ParisParamus on June 29, 2012 at 6:43 PM

Can you tax blindness?

ninjapirate on June 29, 2012 at 6:46 PM

Thank God for the Arab Spring. You know, he has a female AND a Christian Vice President. How modern and trendy.

Maybe he can hire a terrorist as his third Vice Presidential pander. The Middle East is a lost cause. Good thing we’ll continue to dump billions and billions into it with no good results other than public enemies.

dgarone on June 29, 2012 at 6:46 PM

How about NO, Mohammed?

Red Cloud on June 29, 2012 at 6:46 PM

I think we should give him back. Just fly him over Egypt and drop him out of a plane at 10,000 feet without a parachute. It’s a win-win. They get him back and we give him the treatment he deserves without having to pay for him the rest of his life.

Flange on June 29, 2012 at 6:47 PM

In other news, Pres. Obama is an expert at ‘smart diplomacy.’

locomotivebreath1901 on June 29, 2012 at 6:47 PM

Barry and Hillary will find a way to grant his wish if at all possible. Wish I thought otherwise, but…

indyvet on June 29, 2012 at 6:48 PM

Good to know what his priorities are.

Release of a convicted Islamist terrorist who tried to murder thousands of Americans is near the top of the list.

Obama’s foreign policy is truly awesome, isn’t it? Egypt may be to Zero what Iran was to Jimmah.

farsighted on June 29, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Oh, one more thing. This is why capital punishment is the way to go for convicted terrorists.

farsighted on June 29, 2012 at 6:50 PM

Send them the Blind Sheik’s body ASAP.

profitsbeard on June 29, 2012 at 6:52 PM

Bear in mind, this guy has a Ph.D from USC, taught at Cal State-Northridge for three years in the early 80s, and has two children who are American by birth. This isn’t a case of a random Arab politician demagoging America by praising some jihadist degenerate who plotted against the U.S. This is a guy who lived here, studied here, worked here, and had kids here. And now he’s looking to spring someone who was even further ahead of the terrorist curve than Bin Laden.

B-b-but diversity is our strength! And defending the Northern European roots of the US and its original population is racist! All cultures are equally valid, except Western white culture which is evil and wrong.

Django on June 29, 2012 at 6:52 PM

Can we purge the Republican party of the Neocon fanatics yet? Anyone still up for global revolution of democracy?

flawedskull on June 29, 2012 at 6:53 PM

Dropping him out of a plane is a good idea but it should also be over Tahrir square while riding a daisy cutter.

Bacon4allah on June 29, 2012 at 6:55 PM

Caliphate.

Bmore on June 29, 2012 at 6:55 PM

The MB killed Anwar Sadat. It’s hard to believe they’re in charge now.

Curtiss on June 29, 2012 at 6:57 PM

Don’t assume that Morsi was simply playing to the crowd either in mentioning Rahman today. The NYT notes that he’s mentioned him before on the campaign trail. Could be that he doesn’t really care but recognizes that this is an effective pander to Egyptian voters, Salafists especially, which would be bad enough.

But maybe he really does care and is planning to broach the subject of early release with the U.S., knowing full well that America is eager to build a relationship with the Brotherhood in order to increase its leverage over Egypt.

Have Eric Holder appeal to Chief Justice Roberts.

I bet Roberts could find a way to justify his release to Egypt.

PappyD61 on June 29, 2012 at 6:57 PM

The ME is lost. Let them swirl down the drain along with their sick twisted vision of God.

sbvft contributor on June 29, 2012 at 6:58 PM

While he’s at it, he can sue Israel for the return of the tons of gold and jewelry that the Israelites took with them during the exodus.

aunursa on June 29, 2012 at 6:59 PM

Thank Obama for this guy. Obama stabbed Mubarak in the back, just like Jimmy Carter brought down the Shah of Iran. Both were America’s solid allies and were keeping peace and stability in the region. Democrat’s hatred of Israel is behind their actions.

Axion on June 29, 2012 at 6:59 PM

So mich for my trips to Cairo and hot Egyptian chicks. The Westernized women in Cairo must be thrilled with this new turn of events.

rickyricardo on June 29, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Good job Obama!

The Notorious G.O.P on June 29, 2012 at 7:01 PM

Can you tax blindness?

ninjapirate on June 29, 2012 at 6:46 PM

Of course, but you first have to mandate that all people must see and if they can’t or choose not to, Congress now has the power to tax blindness. Makes perfect sense to me.

TXUS on June 29, 2012 at 7:01 PM

This is a serious development, I wonder how our US State Dept. and the Obama admin will deal with an overtly pro Al Qaeda Gov in Egypt. Will we still fund them?

TonyR on June 29, 2012 at 7:02 PM

This is a serious development, I wonder how our US State Dept. and the Obama admin will deal with an overtly pro Al Qaeda Gov in Egypt. Will we still fund them?

TonyR on June 29, 2012 at 7:02 PM

Are you kidding? Obama will give them blind boy and increase their funding. He loves democracy so much, don’t you know … except here.

TXUS on June 29, 2012 at 7:05 PM

Dropping him out of a plane is a good idea but it should also be over Tahrir square while riding a daisy cutter.

Bacon4allah on June 29, 2012 at 6:55 PM

Now, that’s clearly thinking outside the box. :-)

Tell him he’s over Israel and he’ll go down like Slim Pickens

AZfederalist on June 29, 2012 at 7:05 PM

New president promises Egypt: I’ll work to free the blind sheikh convicted after the first WTC bombing

…one phone call to his pal and fellow radical, jihadist, islamic muslin brother OBOZO should do it.

TeaPartyNation on June 29, 2012 at 7:06 PM

Engagement!

rob verdi on June 29, 2012 at 7:07 PM

Smart Power

Grunt on June 29, 2012 at 7:07 PM

Dropping him out of a plane is a good idea but it should also be over Tahrir square while riding a daisy cutter.

Bacon4allah on June 29, 2012 at 6:55 PM

… While telling him that what he’s roped to is the first of his 72 virgins.

TXUS on June 29, 2012 at 7:09 PM

Bear in mind, this guy has a Ph.D from USC

Like we needed another reason to hate USC.

radjah shelduck on June 29, 2012 at 7:13 PM

Actually this douche bag is better than John Roberts. OK he’s a fanatic, a pig, an animal, a murderous 0psychopath, a raving lunatic and religious nut but HE DIDN’T BETRAY HIS COUNTRY!

MaiDee on June 29, 2012 at 7:15 PM

We used to have a covert CIA that would take care of loudmouthed radicals like Morsi. What is it they do now? Plant flowers? Give muslim culture lessons? Make humorous cumberbuns?

fogw on June 29, 2012 at 7:16 PM

His wife is best buds with Hillary’s ‘body servant’ Huma Abedin, wife of Weiner(D)…

DANEgerus on June 29, 2012 at 7:17 PM

Thank you President dhimmi Obama! You must be so proud of your precious muslim brotherhood..

sadsushi on June 29, 2012 at 7:19 PM

Little Bammie: “you just had to ask; do you want him on the next plane?”

slickwillie2001 on June 29, 2012 at 7:20 PM

We used to have a covert CIA that would take care of loudmouthed radicals like Morsi. What is it they do now? Plant flowers? Give muslim culture lessons? Make humorous cumberbuns?

fogw on June 29, 2012 at 7:16 PM

“As great a tragedy as this was, it would be a shame if our diversity became a casualty as well.”

Django on June 29, 2012 at 7:22 PM

You racists! Dear Leader’s DNI Clapper said the Muslim Bro’s were “largely secular” (even though they have the word “Muslim” in their LLC name.)

Knock it off and just report to Dear Leader’s ObamaCare DeathPanel for a judgement (but pay your ObamaCare tax first because the panel is like the Hotel California).

Dingbat63 on June 29, 2012 at 7:26 PM

“As great a tragedy as this was, it would be a shame if our diversity became a casualty as well.”

Django on June 29, 2012 at 7:22 PM

Whole bloody world’s gone mad, hasn’t it. By the way, your quote, that was “workplace violence”, not terrorism. Nope, not at all, nosiree. Guess the jihadist is being prevented from appearing in court because he has grown a beard. News report I heard between talk radio segments made the comment, “his defense lawyer made the case to the court that the beard was a ‘religious’ expression”. No word what religion that might be, no mention that this was a terrorist act.

AZfederalist on June 29, 2012 at 7:31 PM

“Moderate Islamist.” Ha ha. No, seriously.

ConservativeLA on June 29, 2012 at 7:44 PM

Any blind sheikh jokes?

slickwillie2001 on June 29, 2012 at 7:48 PM

No wonder those non-refundable “See The Pyramids” tickets were so cheap!

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on June 29, 2012 at 7:50 PM

Bear in mind, this guy has a Ph.D from USC,

Perhaps ten percent of Muslim Scholars barely earn their Ph.D, the rest get them because Oil Tick money flows to schools with successful ‘Slum graduates rather than exposing them as empty headed frauds.

BL@KBIRD on June 29, 2012 at 7:55 PM

You know, if we had executed Rahman years ago, it would be a dead issue.

No pun intended.

tom on June 29, 2012 at 8:02 PM

AZfederalist on June 29, 2012 at 7:31 PM

The Western world’s elites have heavily committed to the idea of “fundamentally transforming” the West into a multicultural society. They think they can prevent a repeat of the 20th century’s nationalistic world wars by blurring national identities in their own populations. To legitimize this process, they deny that our enemies are uninterested in blurring their own identities by using the leftist West’s PC multiculturalism in their own countries.

The fact is, the Muslim Brotherhood and others clearly don’t give a damn about the West’s PC sensibilities. In fact, they hate them and they aren’t going to dilute their Islamic radicalism and their nationalistic identities one bit.

The Western elites are willingly surrendering dominance for the same counterfeit reason that Obama unilaterally cuts missile defense and our nuclear arms stockpiles. They seek to curry favor via surrender to people who have no respect whatsoever for such tactics and who only value strength and force.

We’re a civilization committing suicide through fetishized, bulls–t ideas from the ’60′s that even liberals don’t really believe in anymore.

Django on June 29, 2012 at 8:06 PM

Good job Obama!

The Notorious G.O.P on June 29, 2012 at 7:01 PM

…JugEars will bow, one way or the other.
(flexibility!)

KOOLAID2 on June 29, 2012 at 8:30 PM

Camel Team Six is currently training for the snatch and grab.

BobMbx on June 29, 2012 at 8:44 PM

Please everyone out there. Keep in mind that this country is currently giving the the Muslim Brotherhood of Egypt $1.5B/a year from taxes raised on Americans Backs. That’s where the true crime is.

jpcpt03 on June 29, 2012 at 9:14 PM

This whole nation is TIRED of the religion of peace……

ultracon on June 29, 2012 at 9:17 PM

The HotAir neocon position on ME democracy will conveniently flip/flop from thread to thread. This one, they are anti-democracy.

nottakingsides on June 29, 2012 at 9:27 PM

The Qur’an as a Constitution!? Such crazy high regard for the ridiculous Qur’an!

I just cannot understand how presumably intelligent well educated persons can consider the Qur’an as anything but an obvious 7th century hoax, if only because it clearly contains so much 7th century empirical ignorance.

A few examples, it clearly indicates that

The sun, like the moon orbits the earth! (Q 21:33, 36:40 )
The earth is fixed and doesn’t move Q 27:61
The sun sets in a muddy lake where strange people live Q 18:86, 90
Muhammad at one time split the moon into two pieces! Q 54:1-2
Humans think in their breasts, not their heads Q 11:5

Don’t these Muslims ever actually read the absurd Qur’an?

Chessplayer on June 29, 2012 at 9:40 PM

Not gonna happen before the 2012 election, but I bet you a donut its on the table if President Obama is re-elected.

Sacramento on June 29, 2012 at 10:52 PM

How about we respond that “anyone who supports a terrorist will be treated like a terrorist”. I remember a politician who got pretty good applause with that line.

KW64 on June 29, 2012 at 11:18 PM

Only in the right-wing world
Bibi: Release the Israeli Spy = GOOOOOD
Morsy: Release the Egyptian Sheikh = BAAAAAAD

Salahuddin on June 29, 2012 at 11:18 PM

But, hey, it was BUSH’S FAULT(TM).

Xasprtr on June 29, 2012 at 11:27 PM

We used to have a covert CIA that would take care of loudmouthed radicals like Morsi. What is it they do now? Plant flowers? Give muslim culture lessons? Make humorous cumberbuns?

fogw on June 29, 2012 at 7:16 PM

BTW the head of the CIA’s counter-terrorism department is a MUSLIM!
Just to make your little racist head explode :D

Salahuddin on June 29, 2012 at 11:29 PM

Salahuddin on June 29, 2012 at 11:29 PM

Idiot. Muslim is not a race.

Cleombrotus on June 29, 2012 at 11:46 PM

Obama was a fool to give moral support for the removal of Mubarek. The Israelis on the other hand knew that “the devil you knew was better than the devil you didn’t.” Who knows now where Egypt is ultimately heading?

Obama should slap Morsi upside the head if he dares ask for the release of a convicted terrorist. I wouldn’t mind him also warning Egypt to watch the anti-Israeli rhetoric or they might find the one plus billion a year military aid moving to the other side of the Sinai.

On a final note I have a question for hotair. AP links to a J.E. Dyer greenroom post. I remember reading that post before and if I recall correctly there was a reply that stated that the video in the post is falsely attributed to Morsi. Strangely, I do not now see any such post. After watching the video and looking at recent pictures of Morsi they do indeed look to be different people. Any clarification on the video and missing post?

weathermen on June 29, 2012 at 11:54 PM

No one should be surprised by any of this if they understand Islam. Democracy projects don’t work there unless you force them to accept separation of Islam and state and be prepared to put down the revolt that will occur from the more traditional followers of Islam when you try to do that…

William Eaton on June 30, 2012 at 12:13 AM

this guy has a Ph.D from USC, taught at Cal State-Northridge for three years in the early 80s, and has two children who are American by birth.

Aren’t those types always the most loathsome?

They come to our great country, take from us the best things we have to offer, suck us dry like a vampire and then go off to other parts of the world and tell everyone what a terrible place this is. I bet he probably still has a 401k here or uses our investment system.

It’s really liberal philisophy vs. conservative once again. And I can imagine our liberal administration pushing to have Morsi elected. You can almost hear the accolades: “c’mon he went to USC for Pete’s sake”. This is the type of guy liberals love. I bet he want to close GITMO too.

Marcus Traianus on June 30, 2012 at 5:58 AM

Only in the right-wing world
Bibi: Release the Israeli Spy = GOOOOOD
Morsy: Release the Egyptian Sheikh = BAAAAAAD

Salahuddin on June 29, 2012 at 11:18 PM

That’s right, dipstick.

rplat on June 30, 2012 at 7:19 AM

The MB killed Anwar Sadat. It’s hard to believe they’re in charge now. – Curtiss on June 29, 2012 at 6:57 PM

That really says it all, doesn’t it. Make peace with Israel in the Arab/Muslim world and you put your life in danger. The father of King Hussein II of Jordan wanted to make piece with Israel in the early 1950s and was murdered.

SC.Charlie on June 30, 2012 at 7:34 AM

Ah, the Arab nightmare continues.

Thank you Obama for making the Middle East a far more dangerous place by following the Jimmy Carter doctrine of making chicks**t out of chicken salad.

BMF on June 30, 2012 at 7:39 AM

Hannity called it a year ago. Almost word for word.

hawkdriver on June 30, 2012 at 7:45 AM

And Glenn Beck before Hannity

dms on June 30, 2012 at 8:40 AM

Long before Hannity and Glenn Beck, there were/are people on the net who were discussing this trend/belief system in this way. But they’re not media types. As such I’ve been seeing clips from MEMRI TV and discourse regarding the idea of a caliphate and analysis of the Koran (and it’s implications due to the spread of radical islam) since I started looking in 2003 during the run up to the Iraq war. Wanting to know what their beef was with the West started me on a path of discovery.

I don’t find either of them prescient, I see them as late to the party. I was also late to the party, as this has been accelerating for decades. The radical version started in Saudi Arabia and has been spreading ever since.

Read the Koran and start researching the issue. Then you wont need someone else to make predictions, you’ll see it yourself.

GeeWhiz on June 30, 2012 at 9:28 AM

Paging Michael Medved: As usual you called this one 100% wrong.

“Look radical Islamists will never take over Egypt, that idea is just stupid and naieve.”

Smart Power: RINO-edition.

CorporatePiggy on June 30, 2012 at 9:43 AM

Is it possible as one of the first things the new president of Egypt makes public is something that he knows is impossible to do? Obama has probably going to give the guy something that will endear himself and the new president to the Islamic Brotherhood. The blind sheikh will be released a few months after Obama is re-elected. Obama and his administration heve removed all doubt that their respect for the law and the best interests of the American people is not a part of their agenda.

volsense on June 30, 2012 at 9:44 AM

Well …
The meeting between ØbowMä and Morsi should be entertaining. I wonder if it will happen before November?
ahahahahahahaha … just kidding.
I hope Hillary is lubing up the “reset button” for the new boss, worse than the old boss.

The American P-in-C funded this fustercluck with our money. Watch though as he continues the flow of OUR money to assist an Islamist who is committed to the Caliphate that Barry Ø is helping to establish.
Guns and butter, repeat, repeat ad nauseam.
Way ta go, Slappy!
Come next January I “hope” to hear some “change”:
“Our long national nightmare is over”.
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on June 30, 2012 at 10:28 AM

I was very young when the first WTC incident happened so I dont know much about it, so I just did some quick research and found this youtube clip…not sure how authentic it is but thought it was interesting. Does anybody know if this is true and was it talked about at the time? If it is true does anybody know what came of it? I have not been able to find much more on it myself.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFLHzWJN7-8&feature=youtube_gdata_player

dom89031 on July 1, 2012 at 7:41 AM

Not only does $1.5 B each year go to the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt each but an UNDISCLOSED $$ amount of money each year goes to Kenya. This should outrage everyone. Why does it NOT. Of the nearly 200 recognized countries in the world there is less the 18 that we don’t give aid to.

jpcpt03 on July 1, 2012 at 12:33 PM