20 years ago today: The first World Trade Center bombing
posted at 10:41 pm on February 26, 2013 by Guy Benson
On February 26, 1993, Islamists detonated a bomb in the World Trade Center’s underground parking garage, killing six and wounding hundreds — a lethal prelude to 2001’s outrage at the very same location. National Review’s Andy McCarthy, who prosecuted the notorious “Blind Sheik” for his role in the attack, writes that Americans are no longer merely blind to the threats we still face; we’re willfully blind:
Despite serial atrocities, thousands of deaths, and a decade of war, we are today more willfully blind to the reason we were attacked than we were back in 1993 — back when our ignorance might have been excused by our homeland’s seeming invulnerability to the scourge of jihadist terror. Regardless of our reluctance to see it, mainstream Islam — the dynamic Islam of the Middle East, unadulterated by incentives to moderate, at least for a time, while settling in non-Muslim lands — is aggressively hegemonic. As proclaimed by another iconic supremacist, Muslim Brotherhood founder Hassan al-Banna, “It is the nature of Islam to dominate, not to be dominated.” And to dominate for a very specific reason. Supremacists are not the irrational savages we have been so desperate for two decades to portray them as. Whether the jihad terrorizes by explosives, suffocates by the systematic subjugation of women and persecution of religious minorities in Islamic countries, or infiltrates by stealthily using liberty to undermine liberty in the West, the mission is always coherent and always the same: the imposition of sharia.
We did not want to acknowledge the sharia logic of the terrorists 20 years ago. We were told then that Islam had nothing to do with attacks on the West incited by Muslim jurists citing Muslim scripture. There is no selling that fairy tale today, not after thousands of Americans have lost their lives. So the lie has become more aggressive, like Islam itself. While poseurs such as John Brennan — President Obama’s counterterrorism czar and nominee for CIA director — distort the meaning of jihad, Islamists and their fellow travelers seek not merely to suppress by intimidation but to criminalize by law the objective examination of Islamic supremacism. We’ve gone from willful blindness to coerced silence…It is as true today as it was on February 26, 1993: Freedom cannot defend itself. It requires vigilant defense by culturally confident people who see their heritage of liberty as worthy of passionate defense. The Sheikh Abdel Rahmans of the world do not lack for cultural confidence. They see themselves as winning — they’ve seen it that way every day for the last 20 years.
Andy’s piece is uncomfortable reading, but it’s the truth. May his admonitions not go unheeded, and may the victims of the 2/26/93 terrorist attack on New York City never be forgotten. RIP.