Perhaps sometimes overlooked based on the passage of time and what happened at the same site on 9/11, it’s important to remember the events 23 years ago today, when the World Trade Center was bombed by radical Islamic terrorists, killing six people and injuring over a thousand more.
On this day, February 26, 1993, the World Trade Center became the beacon for terrorists when a van filled with 1,200 pounds of explosives detonated inside the parking basement of World Trade Center 1. The blast was intended to bring down the building with hopes that it would crash into the second tower, destroying it as well. Fortunately, the terrorists underestimated the strength of the World Trade Center building and the Tower remained standing.
However, it did blast a hole about 200 feet by 100 feet and several stories deep in the lower levels of the building. The blast killed six people and wounded over a thousand more. Among the injured were 88 firefighters, 35 police officers and 1 emergency services worker. Over 50,000 people were evacuated from the World Trade Center and neighboring buildings.
If you were alive and recall this attack in 1993, place yourself back in that moment when you heard the news. Or place yourself back in that terrible moment on 9/11.
Then ask yourself how we got here – to a point where our American president wants to release terrorists in prison swaps for traitors, and wants to transfer the remaining onto American soil …
Earlier today, President Obama announced he is sending a plan to Congress to close Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba. His plan includes not only shutting down the prison, where the worst of the world’s terrorists are housed, but transfers many of the remaining detainees to the United States.
“For many years it’s been clear that the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay does not advance our national security—it undermines it,” President Obama said. “This is not just my opinion, this is the opinion of experts, and those in our military.”
Fortunately, we are reminded that bringing Gitmo detainees to America is actually a violation federal law.
It’s the mindset though, that is frightening.
Also consider this, when terrorists attacked San Bernardino just a few months ago, Obama’s Attorney General wanted to prosecute Muslim backlash.
Via National Review:
In her response to what appears to be a deadly, ISIS-motivated domestic terror attack, Attorney General Loretta Lynch has offered an almost Onion-level self-parody of liberal pieties.
Lynch addressed the Muslim Advocate’s tenth-anniversary dinner and declared that she is concerned about an “incredibly disturbing rise of anti-Muslim rhetoric . . . that fear is my greatest fear.”
Her greatest fear is — not terrorism — but a nonexistent Islamophobic backlash?
That said, how the hell did we get here? 23 years ago today, we should have learned our lesson.