February 26, 2008, - 10:43 am
By Debbie Schlussel
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Fifteen years ago today, the World Trade Center was bombed by Al-Qaeda for the first time. Six Americans were murdered and hundreds injured via a bomb in the WTC parking garage, as engineered by Islamic terrorists:
On February 26, 1993, the World Trade Center was attacked by terrorists for the first time. At 12:18pm, 1,500 pounds of explosives were detonated in an underground parking garage below 1 WTC. Six people, including a pregnant woman, were killed in the attack and thousands were injured. On this day, the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation remembers each of the victims of the 1993 attacks and extends our condolences to the families of those who were killed and our thoughts to all who were affected.
I wish I could say we’ve since forgotten over that long period of time. But it seems like we instantly forgot, 15 seconds later.
As we know, the feds could have stopped it because they had–in their custody–El-Sayyid Nosair, who murdered Rabbi Meir Kahane and who was part of the Al-Qaeda cell that did the bombings. Nosair had piles of documents disclosing the plot, inside his house. The feds never looked at them because they didn’t care that this Muslim man murdered a U.S. citizen they looked at as a crazy right-wing rabbi (many of whose suggestions are, today, official policy of the left in Israel that so hated him then).
And the INS, which didn’t track visa violators, could have prevented it–had they looked into Mahmud Abouhalima, one of the other perpetrators. He was driving a cab in Manhattan, instead of fulfilling the requirements of his agricultural worker visa. As we know, nothing worth picking grows on the streets of New York.
And there were so many other screw-ups. But nothing was done to address them, the same way President Bush has done nothing to address the 9/11 concerns–except to make us less safe and invent a giant, useless bureaucracy.
And as I noted yesterday, the only ones, today, remembering the 1993 World Trade Center bombing are a group of far-left University of Denver law students who have made it their mission to help three other 1993 WTC bombers gain rights to recruit jihadists all around the world from their Supermax prison cells. As reader Carol of Brooklyn, NY writes:
What a sad thing to read today, 2/26, the 15th anniversary of the first WTC attack. I’m waiting to see if any of the NY newspapers remembers this anniversary.
President Clinton could have said that there were no major terrorist attacks on U.S. soil since 1993, the same BS that President Bush keeps telling us.
But there have been no such major attacks, not because of Clinton’s or Bush’s competence, but because of Al-Qaeda’s patience and cunning in planning attacks that we least expect where and when they happen.
Nothing has changed in 15 years or even in 6.5
And if you look on Google News, there are few stories in any media about this important, but forgotten, anniversary.
We were lucky that on February 26, 1993, they failed to achieve the catastrophe they sought. But since then, they did succeed in murdering thousands of Americans in a few fell swoops.
And they will succeed again, because we’ve done nothing about it. And instead of limiting their fellow co-religionists, we’ve welcomed more of them to our shores and kowtowed to them inside our borders.
Instead of saying, “Never Forget,” I’m asking you to try to remember.
Read some of my previous work in the 1993 WTC attacks:
* Remember the First 9/11
* 13th Anniversary of ’93 World Trade Center Bombing; No Safer
**** UPDATE: Reader Carol writes back:
Thank you for printing part of my e-mail. I checked the Daily News, NY Post, NY Times, and Newsday online for any mention of today’s anniversary. Only Newsday had a story. This was surprising since Newsday is the most liberal of the bunch.
And a local NY paper which is given out free every morning at subway stations had an article on the anniversary, even mentioning all 6 of the victims by name.
Well, I guess the NYDN and NYP were too busy calling the photo of Obama in Islamic African garb a “smear,” which is hard to do since a) he did, indeed, wear the stuff–it’s not photoshopped, and b) he willingly put it on without a gun to his head.
Reader/blogger Lawhawk writes:
Let’s not forget the names of the six people who were murdered in the attack: John DiGiovanni, Valley Stream, New York; Robert Kirkpatrick, Suffern, New York; Steve Knapp, Manhattan, New York City; Monica Smith, Seaford, New York; William Macko, Bayonne, New Jersey; and Wilfredo Mercado, Brooklyn, New York City.
Amen to that.
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