Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Tears for the Murderer in Beirut: Imad Mughniyeh

Hizbollah fanatics poured out into the street in a "show of support" designed to intimidate more moderate elements in Syria and Lebanon. In case you'd forgotten, here's a list of "activities" to which these "mourners" are giving tacit support:

April 1983: suicide bomber rams van packed with explosives into the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, killing 63 people, including 17 Americans.

October 1983: suicide attackers carry out near simultaneous truck bombings against barracks of French and U.S. peacekeeping forces in Beirut, killing 241 American Marines and 58 French paratroopers.

March 1984: Lt. Col. William F. Buckley, Central Intelligence Agency station chief in Beirut, kidnapped and eventually killed in the beginning of a spate of kidnappings linked to Hezbollah.

March 1985: Associated Press chief Mideast correspondent Terry Anderson kidnapped and then held for more than six years.

June 1985: Lebanese Shiite militants hijack TWA Flight 847 heading from Athens to Rome, flying it back and forth between Beirut and Algiers. At Beirut's airport, the hijackers shoot Navy diver Robert Stetham, a passenger on the plane, and dump his body on the runway. Most of the 150 passengers were freed during the three day hijacking; some were held for two weeks. The United States indicted Mughniyeh for his role in the hijacking, and he was put on the Federal Bureau of Investigation's most wanted list with a $25 million bounty for information leading to his capture.

March 1992: A pickup truck packed with explosives smashes into the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires, killing 29 people.

July 1994: A van packed with explosives levels a seven-story Jewish center in Buenos Aires, killing 95 people. Argentina issues an arrest warrant for Mughniyeh in 1999.

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