Egypt’s new President Mohammed Morsi has now made official what has been rumored for many months: He will ask President Obama to pardon the blind Egyptian Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman, who is serving a life sentence in the United States for the 1993 World Trade Center attack.
Morsi can ask, but Obama would be wise to deny the request. The 1993 bombings orchestrated by The Blind Sheik and his nine co-conspirators served as the warmup act for the most heinous terrorist assault ever mounted on American soil. If Obama grants this pardon, he might as well erect a billboard at Ellis Island inviting every last murdering low-life around the world free access to prey on Americans.
It also would be insincerity of the highest order if Obama denies the pardon, but agrees to transfer The Blind Sheik into Egyptian custody on “humanitarian grounds.” The Al-Gama’a al-Islamiyya terrorist might be old, 74, and blind, but neither negates the severity of his sedition.