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Andy McCarthy and the Blind Sheikh

In early 1993, a group of men loaded an explosive device into a car, drove the car into the parking garage of the World Trade Center, got out, walked away, and then detonated the device.  Six people were killed, more than a thousand injured.  Today, the man who directed the bombing, the “Blind Sheikh,” Omar Rahman, sits in prison, serving a life sentence.

The prosecutor who put Rahman away?  NRO’s own Andy McCarthy, the author of a magnificent new book, Willful Blindness:  A Memoir of the Jihad.

Today on Uncommon Knowledge, Andy discusses the first bombing of the World Trade Center, and the long, long trail of Sheikh Rahman.  Was justice served?  “Yes,” Andy replies.  Was national security served?  “No way.”  

Click here, and you’ll learn, as I did—although I’d been reading Andy’s material for years, I’d never met him until he walked into the studio—that Andy McCarthy represents an utterly compelling personality.  If John McCain fails to name him Attorney General, he’ll have some explaining to do.  Come to think of it, if I lived in New York instead of out here California, I’d be trying to figure out how to get Andy to run for governor.

Peter Robinson — Peter M. Robinson is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution.

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