December 14, 2006

Blind Shiekh Dying, Terror Attacks Feared

sheik_abdel_rahman.jpgThe FBI has reported that convicted al Qaeda terrorist Omar Abdel-Rahman had a close bout with death. Unfortunately, his health seems to be improving.

Chicago Sun Times:

The health of terrorist cleric Omar Abdel-Rahman, the so-called Blind Sheik, is deteriorating -- renewing fears that his death in prison could trigger an attack on the United States, officials said Thursday....

In a two-page bulletin, dated Dec. 8, the FBI reported to federal intelligence officials that Rahman was rushed from prison to a Missouri hospital two days earlier for a blood transfusion. There, doctors discovered a tumor on Rahman's liver, according to the bulletin, which was described to The Associated Press by a law enforcement official....

Brian Ross reminds us why this has raised some concern:
"My Brothers...If they [the Americans] kill me, which they will certainly do – hold my funeral and send my corpse to my family, but do not let my blood be shed in vain. Rather, extract the most violent revenge, and remember your brother who spoke the truth and died for the will of God...The Mujahid Sheikh Omar Abdel al Rahman. In the name of God the kind and merciful."

The FBI bulletin also notes, "During Ramadan of this past year, al-Qa'ida in Iraq (AQI) released a videotape encouraging all Muslims in Iraq to exert efforts in capturing Western personnel so that they may be exchanged for the release of the Blind Sheik, suggesting that the Blind Sheikh remains a significant source of inspiration for AQ and their sympathizers."

They say his health has improved. So much so that he's back in his cell, slowly rotting away in a living hell before he dies and finds an eternal one. But, keep your fingers crossed.

I love this quote from Allah:

“If you kill them, they’re martyrs. If you lock them up, they’re martyrs. So kill them.”
And for similar reaction, but with a few more zingers, try Misha, who has a few words of advice for Lynn Stewart as well.

Oh, and no word whether or not Cat Stevens / Yusuf Islam will mourn for his old friend Rahman's death when it does finally come.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:38 PM | Comments |