What were Mayor Bloomberg and his staff thinking—or, perhaps, not checking—when they invited Siraj Wahhaj to City Hall yesterday? For those of you who still remember or still care, Wahhaj was an outrageously unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. He went on to act as a character witness for the blind shake-your-boogie (or “sheik”) convicted of plotting to blow up NYC landmarks; in his freedom of speech and arrogance, calling the FBI and CIA the “real terrorists.”
The imam was invited to City Hall to participate in a meeting with Muslim community leaders Wednesday, but after reporters called to find out who was at the meeting, staffers apparently went into hyper drive to hide his presence.
Wahhaj was noticeably absent for a photo op, his name noticeably off the official guest list, as staffers scurried to blot out all traces of his existence anywhere within a 50 mile radius of Bloomberg. However, even though he wasn’t there, the mayor stood up and shook Wahhag’s hand. “That’s a good thing, right?,” the imam said.
No. It’s not a “good thing” at all when terrorists are not only granted liberty to seek our destruction but also recognized as community leaders by our government leaders. Naturally, the victims of the WTC ’93 and 9/11 bombings are quite enraged over Wahhag’s presence in City Hall; a politically correct move that is in fact morally incorrect. Bloomberg should begin thinking beyond the limits of his peculiar form of diplomacy.