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Egypts New President Vows to get World Trade Center Bomber Relased July 8, 2012

Posted by Chris Mark in Politics, terrorism.
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On June 29th, 2012, in his first pubic speach in front of tens of thousands of supporters, Egypts’ new president has vowed to gain the release of the World Trade Center bomber who is curently imprisoned in the United States.  While often forgotten after the 9/11 attacks, the World Trade Center was bombed in 1993 by radical Islamic terrorists lead by the infamous “Blind Sheik” Omar Abdel-Rahman. (pictured at left) Rahmna has been imprisoned in North Carolina for his role in the 1993 bombing. According to Wikipedia: “Abdel-Rahman was accused of being the leader of Al-Gama’a al-Islamiyya (also known as “The Islamic Group”), a militant Islamist movement in Egypt that is considered a terrorist organization by the United States and Egyptian governments. The group is responsible for many acts of violence, including the November 1997 Luxor massacre, in which 58 foreign tourists and four Egyptians were killed.”  While considered a terroris in the US, Rahmna is considered a hero by many in Egypt.  It should be noted that the US provides $1.3 billion in military aid to Egypt annually and has provided financial aid for over 30 years.

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1. william wallace - July 8, 2012

The biggest terrorist group the world having known being
the USA military as USA politicians / whom responsible for
mass murder / torture / kidnapping. / Crimes of appalling
nature / yet none have been brought to trial / they having
placed themselves above beyong the law / via a media in
which gives them such support unto continuing their reign.

Chris Mark - July 8, 2012

Considering your comments I find it interesting that you would read my blog. If you read my bio you will see that I am former US Military. I am guessing by your comments you have never visited the US?

Stephen Taylor - July 9, 2012

Chris: I recall a conversation we had over a year ago in which I asked you what your thoughts were regarding the Arab Spring uprisings. You said then that they were good and that revolution in such parts of the world was typically a good thing. Do you still think so now? I would appreciate your thoughts on what you think the near/far future holds in terms of stability in the Middle East with folks like this coming to power in Egypt and elsewhere in the ensuing power vacuum. Thanks, -Stephen Taylor
P.S. I finally a shot into the California Highway Patrol. I enter the academy in August. Thanks for your awesome letter of recommendation for Army OCS, even though I couldn’t end up submitting my packet because of the age deadline. As always, thanks for the blog.

Chris Mark - July 11, 2012

Stephen…boy…that is a loaded question 😉 Looking at it from a perspective of believing people have the right to vote for their leaders, I think a revolution that allows for more transparent, open elections and political processes is a good thing. That being said, I think many people believe that if given the chance to elect officials, people will naturally gravitate toward a US style democracy. As we are seeing in Egypt…that is not the case. I believe it is positive in that it allows for more open, more free elections but from a US standpoint, I do not necessarily think the change in Egypt is in our interest. Sometimes the devil you know is better than the devil you don’t…

Stephen Taylor - July 11, 2012

You’re right, it was a loaded question, and I admit I was fishing for a certain type of reply. It is evident that the anti-American sentiment is growing stronger in Egypt, what with that d-bag vowing to secure the release of the WTC bomber a couple days back. I have mixed feelings about Obama’s decision to through Hosni Mubarak to the wolves. It was certainly not in U.S. interest to do so, and it was clearly a weak and popularity-seeking move on his part (actually, his decision was indicative of textbook narcisism). But on the other hand, people deserve the right to determine their own government. However, it is a true fact that people also get the government they deserve. As Gerry Spence said, “When faced with the pains of freedom, men beg for their shackles.” It seems clear to me that the Egyptians have done just that, and will likely reap the rewards for it in generations to come.

Chris Mark - July 11, 2012

Interesting perspective. When you say “the Egyptians” it is important to remember that it is a country of 81 million people. To suggest that “they” will reap the rewards is somewhat unfair. On that note (and to be the devil’s advocate)…can you blame Egypt for having anti American sentiment? The US supported Mubarak for 30 years. There were no democratic elections, he was brutal “president”, and the country suffered. At this who is really reaping what they sowed? I am not arguing for Mosri but it is important to understand that there are two sides to each story and the US is often not without some culpability…Read “A History of the Middle East” by Peter Mansfield…

2. Stephen Taylor - July 11, 2012

I can’t argue with that, especially as I have never been a fan of the “He may be a bastard, but he’s our bastard” philosophy. I’ll concede that point to you that Egypt’s hatred of the US is partially justified (notwithstanding all of the aid we send their way). My blind patriotism seems to be less and less justified, considering the erosion of freedoms we are experiencing at home (and considering that the DHS now considers patriotism to be indicative of terrorist activity). The passage of NDAA by Congress has sent countless shivers up my spine.

By the way, did that William Wallace character ever respond to you? What a troll.

Chris Mark - July 11, 2012

While the NDAA is troubling…Bush did the same thing on executive order alone. Remember Jose Padilla? The opening of Gitmo, Rendition? Point being that international relations are rarely simple and rarely support ideological views. Realpolitik is probably a better view…


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