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Gonna Need A Really Big Squirrel

Posted by: John Schroeder at 09:53 am, September 20th 2012     —    2 Comments »

Well, apparently, it’s true - the Obama administration is considering the release of the Blind Sheik.  It was single sourced yesterday, but that link I just gave you is confirmation from a second source.  In yesterday’s post on the various squirrels the Obama campaign was using to distract the talking dog media, I said about this story:

They’re going to need a really, really big squirrel if that proves to be true.

Well, the size specification for the squirrel is increasing.  While looking into this, I came across a Contentions post about a USAToday report from September 12.  USA Today reported:

The protest outside the U.S. Embassy in Cairo was announced Aug. 30 by Jamaa Islamiya, a State Department-designated terrorist group, to protest the ongoing imprisonment of its spiritual leader, Sheikh Omar abdel Rahman. He is serving a life sentence in the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center.

This is days before the Egyptian media started reporting on the video that purportedly started this whole business.  Alana Goodman in the Contentions post asks:

Based on the report, it sounds like the anti-Islam YouTube video was a secondary issue — a way for Islamist leaders to stoke anger and draw more bodies out to the embassy protest. If the storming of the embassy was organized by Gamaa Islamiyya — as opposed to a spontaneous uprising — why hasn’t the State Department’s response reflected that?

Perhaps we now know why.  One is forced to wonder if the release of the Blind Sheik has not been clandestinely under negotiation for some time now and the riots were created to add urgency to the negotiations – or perhaps just to open them.  Says the New York Post second source story cited above:

Newly elected Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, a member of the radical Muslim Brotherhood, has publicly vowed to press the United States to turn over the sightless sheik.

Could it be the the forces of appeasement are much larger in the Obama administration than we have feared?  Such appears to be the case.  That they would consider, under any circumstances, the release of one the most heinous criminals, since we do not talk about combatants right now, of my life time can be considered nothing but appeasement of the worst and most awful sort.

So what has this to do with religion?  Well, nothing overtly – but as we have contended on the blog for a very long time now, religion develops character and character is what we need in our elected officials.  This is the model for religious influence in our nation, not religious identity politics.  Deep character understands the complexity, and at times the lack of complexity, of what constitutes justice.  The release being considered is unjust in terms of the crimes committed by the Blind Sheik, the harm done to the victims of the bombing and other crimes he most certainly committed, and to the nation as a whole.

How can the administration of a man who can rightly lay claim to representing justice in the face of one of the greatest injustices of our national history be so unjust to his nation in return?  Only a personal view of justice as opposed to a view born of submission to some higher authority can contemplate such a thing.  But how can their be a personal view of justice? – That is as good as saying there is no justice save for the justice of “the winner.”  This is where religion matters – not in the branding and obscure theological details of understanding that higher authority.


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