The Blind Sheikh – Omar Abdel Rahman – was convicted to life in prison for his role in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. The plan was to blow up one tower and have it collapse on the other tower. His intent was the same as those who took down both towers in 2001.
Fast forward to 2013. Muhammad Omar Abdel Rahman, the Blind Sheikh’s son, is bemoaning his father’s continued imprisonment despite the use of peaceful means to have him released (apparently, the attempted murder of thousands of Americans doesn’t factor into the equation). Note the implication here. The son of the Blind Sheikh is basically issuing threats to America for not releasing a mass murderer (you know, the same kind of mass murderer that gunned down 20 kids at Sandy Hook).
Pay attention to the central argument. It’s that by not releasing the Blind Sheikh, America is putting itself at risk.
It’s also noteworthy to listen to this guy talk about protests outside the U.S. Embassy in Cairo designed to call for the release of the Blind Sheikh. How come the Obama administration didn’t blame the attack in Benghazi on a desire to release the Blind Sheikh instead of on a video? It’s certainly more plausible?
So, the argument is essentially, if you don’t give us what we want, bad things will happen to you (threat).
Isn’t that the same argument used by Feisal Abdul Rauf in September of 2010, when he said if the Ground Zero Mosque wasn’t built, it might cause Islamists to attack Americans? In the video below from 2010, pay attention at the 4:20 mark. Rauf says:
“If we move from that location, the story will be that the radicals have taken over the discourse… The headlines in the Muslim world will be that Islam is under attack. And I’m less concerned about the radicals in America than I’m concerned about the radicals in the Muslim world… The concern for American citizens who live and work and travel overseas will increasingly be compromised if the radicals are strengthened and if we do move, it will strengthen the argument of the radicals to recruit and their increasing aggression and violence against our country.”
Wait, Rauf is supposed to be ‘moderate’.
The most ironic line comes at the 3:50 mark:
“When you politicize religion, it is dangerous.” – Feisal Abdul Rauf, 9/8/10
What else do Rauf and the Blind Sheikh have in common?