National Review / Digital
Obama and the Islamists
The president’s disastrous policy of appeasement


Fittingly, it was the end of spring — just as giddy dreams of democracy in Cairo were giving way to the harsh reality of Muslim Brotherhood governance — when the Obama Department of Homeland Security chose to take time out from its busy non-enforcement of the federal immigration laws to issue a visa to a member of a rabidly anti-American terrorist organization so that he could come to the White House and consult with Obama officials on the future of Egypt.

Hani Nour Eldin is a member of Gama’at al-Islamia (the Islamic Group), the jihadist organization whose emir, Omar Abdel Rahman (the “Blind Sheikh”), is serving a life sentence for leading a terrorist war against the United States that included the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and a foiled plot to bomb other New York City landmarks. Osama bin Laden publicly credited Abdel Rahman with issuing, from jail, the fatwa approving the 9/11 attacks. Since his arrest in 1993, Gama’at has threatened mass-murder attacks against Americans to attempt to extort his release, and has perpetrated massacres — including, in 1997, the slaughter of 62 tourists and police officers in Luxor, Egypt — to underscore its deadly seriousness.

September 10, 2012    |     Volume LXIV, NO. 17

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