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Beirut 1983

Beirut 1983

This week in 1983 Iranian backed Shiites bombed the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut, killing 299 Marines and French soldiers.

The Marines had been sent as part of an international peacekeeping force in the wake of the Lebanese civil war.  Iranian-backed Shiites who later formed Hezbollah carried out the attack:

Although no group has ever made a serious claim of responsibility for the attack, perpetrators were later fingered. The actors that carried out the deadly bombings were elements that two years later would be central and founding members of Hezbollah, a group well-known to be funded, armed and trained by Iran.

One of the central actors in the bombing, Imad Mughniyeh, was secretly indicted several years later in the United States for his role. Mughniyeh, who would later become known as an arch-terrorist of sorts, has been tied to and indicted in relation to some of the largest terror attacks on Jews and Americans carried out prior to September 11, 2001.

The French retaliated by bombing Iranian Revolutionary Guards in Lebanon.  The U.S. never retaliated.  Mughniyeh was killed in Damascus in 2008, reportedly by the Israelis although it’s never been proven.

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When did the war on terror start? 620AD? 630AD? 1683AD? Certainly long before 2001…

The problem is we don’t even admit we are at war though all too many Muslims continuously proclaim that they are at war with the entire west…

We had better wise up before it is too late.

Thank you for this reminder of our murdered boys.

A great reminder. I remember watching President Reagan trying to console the families whose sons had been murdered. President Bush made a point of meeting with the families of our soldiers KIA and aides say it was an excrutiatingly difficult part of the job. I might be wrong, but I don’t hear anything of President Obama doing such; at least not nearly to the point Bush did.

Reading the book, “Warriors of God,” right now. Interesting and infuriating at the same time.

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