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Morsi just released 25 leaders of terrorist organizations jailed for violent attacks, an al-Qaeda leader announced July 21:

Mohamed al-Zawahiri, brother of Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, has said that the 572 military detainees pardoned by President Mohamed Morsy on Thursday included 25 leaders of Islamic Jihad and Jama’a al-Islamiya [Sheikh Abdul Rahman's organization].

He said the decree did not pardon those involved in cases dating back to 1994 that involve the activities of militants who fought the government of ousted President Hosni Mubarak in an insurgency in the early 1990s.

It also excluded the defendents in the so-called Zeitoun Trial, who were accused of membership in an unspecified terrorist organization that staged the armed robbery of a jewelry shop in May 2008 in Cairo’s Zeitoun district, and planned to attack Suez Canal, he said.

Cases that the judiciary is still considering, such as those of Mostafa Hamza, Refaee Taha and Shawky al-Islamboly, were not included either, Zawahiri said.

No responsible American official — let alone the president — should sit down with terrorists. The only Americans they should meet are clandestine services personnel with weapons. America should employ its covert resources to eradicate the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Jama’a al-Islamiya, and other violent jihadist organizations.

Of course, that’s just my personal opinion. Others may disagree about the merits of hunting down and killing terrorists who plot mass murder of Americans and our allies. But it won’t sit well with most American voters for their president to roll out the red carpet to the buddies of the people who tried to bring down the World Trade Center. The number of liberals who believe that our colonialist sins somehow justify the homicidal rage of jihadists is very, very small.

The February 1993 WTC bombing killed six people and injured more than 1,000. Had it been successful, it would have murdered many thousands. Here’s a thought: When Mohamed Morsi turns up at the White House, Rep. Bachmann could lead a demonstration outside. Hold up pictures of the six victims. Bring their families and some of the injured Americans to talk to the media. Make it personal. Put the onus on Obama. Our dead and injured deserve better than to see the perpetrators’ friends welcomed at the White House. If Sen. McCain wants to organize a counter-demonstration to support the Muslim Brotherhood, that’s his right. See how that goes down with the voters in Arizona.

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