Yesterday's news that defense attorney Lynne Stewart got off with a slap-on-the-wrist sentence shows what happens when terrorism cases are tried in civilian courts. For Lynne Stewart was no mere useful idiot of the left, but rather an active player in the furtherance of Islamic terrorism.
Not only was Stewart defending the man behind the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, "Blind Sheikh" Omar Abdel Rahman, but according to Frontpagemag.com
, "with the help of co-defendants Ahmed Abdel Sattar and Mohamed Yousry," she was helping pass "fatwas
from Omar Abdel Rahman to his Egyptian terrorist followers, the Islamic Group." This is the terrorist group that, as the Wall Street Journal
points out, was "responsible for killing 62 mostly European and Japanese tourists in Luxor in 1997," some of whom were "beheaded...[or] disemboweled."
Not to mention the blatant bigotries of her client and his fanatical followers. The Islamic Group, or Al-Gama'a al-Islamiyya, were pushing for a Taliban-like government in Egypt and as one would expect, often spoke disparagingly of Jews and Christians. Lynne's self-proclaimed crusade against "racism and sexism" must have fallen by the wayside when the opportunity to take on her other obsession, "capitalism," or in other words America, came up.
Stewart's long history as a radical leftist "civil rights" lawyer who defended the likes of the Weather Underground makes perfect sense. She had long promulgated "popular revolution" and during her trial stated that America "will not be changed without violence." Obviously, Stewart found the violent movement that she felt would effect that change. That Stewart has become a hero to many on the left, who, in their misguided attempts to thwart American power will glom onto any reactionary figure or movement that comes their way, is fitting indeed.
The Clinton-era appointed judge in the case Judge John George Koetl sentenced Stewart, who was facing up to 30 years in prison, to only 28 months and then went on to laud Stewart for her "public service...to the nation." Since when did defending the genocidal aims of those hell bent on destroying the nation and all its inhabitants become a public service?
Bottom line: Lynne Stewart is a traitor and she should have been tried and punished accordingly.Cross-posted at Kesher Talk.