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Could the New York Times have found a softer couch for its recollection of the blind sheik?

Nearly a week after the death of the “blind sheik” Omar Abdel Rahman in a U.S. prison, the New York Times published an interview with his lawyer, Lynne Stewart, in which she remembered Rahman not as a terrorist but as the “personification of an American hero.”


Credit is due the New York Times for interrupting its loving ode to Stewart, who served prison time for smuggling messages from Rahman to his followers in Egypt, with a quick reality check from the National Review’s Andrew C. McCarthy, who was lead prosecutor in the case against Rahman.

“The blind sheikh was neither an American nor a hero — he was the antithesis of both,” McCarthy added. “He would have been offended at the former suggestion, and all civilized people at the latter.”

Even though the blind sheik was convicted in 1995 of plotting “what prosecutors said” was a campaign of terror that included the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and hoped to take out tunnels and other landmarks, Fox News’ Greg Gutfeld took special notice of little qualifiers like that one sprinkled throughout the New York Times piece.


It certainly was good of the Times to allow the lead prosecutor to have a word, then, seeing as every mention of the blind sheik’s crimes is prefaced by the disclaimer, “prosecutors said.”

For a more definitive look back at the trial of the blind sheikh, McCarthy offered his own take in National Review that pulls no punches.



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