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by Laura Mansfield [author, analyst] 8/1/06
me but Iím rather angry this morning.
from the Middle East are deeply disturbing. The children
of Qana, Lebanon, look very much like my own children ≠ beautiful
deep brown eyes and brown curls, smiling for the cameras.
dozen of those children are dead.
failed the children of the Middle East. Weíve failed them
because we could have stopped this two decades ago. We didnít
have to forget.
just the children of Qana who have died as a result of Hezbullahís
crimes. Plenty of Americans have died too over the past twenty
blame the ďbig bad IsraelisĒ if we like ≠ that seems to be
the popular reaction.
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Nation Under Allah
True, ultimately the responsibility for the deaths of those
children falls with Hezbullah, who has shown absolutely no shame
in using these innocents as human shields.
But there is plenty of blame to go around. Some of the responsibility
lies with the Lebanese government for allowing Hezbullah to do
this. And much of the blame falls squarely in the laps of the
international community, which by and large abandoned Lebanon
two decades ago when it became too dangerous for us to be there.
Too dangerous for us? What about the danger to the Lebanese?
Lebanon is the pearl of the Middle East. The Lebanese people
are intelligent, warm, friendly, and peace-loving. Yet they have
spent much of the last twenty-five years in a hellish war zone.
I'm not sure what we could have done. But we should have done
Yes, Iím angry.
at the short memories of many Americans.
Iím angry that as a nation, we have forgotten those men and
women ≠ those Americans, our fellow countrymen ≠ who have died
over the past two and a half decades at the hands of Hezbullah.
Iím angry that the world sits by and condemns the Israelis for
having the guts to go in and take out Hezbullah in Southern Lebanon ≠ something
we should have done ourselves two decades ago.
Iím angry because I know that there will come a day in the not-too-distant
future, when we will sit here wondering ďHow could this happen?Ē as
we watch the news reports of some terrorist act on American soil.
Itís going to happen again. Virtually no one disputes that.
And we will sit here, and wring our hands, and convene a government
commission to tell us why we didnít know about it in advance
and why we couldnít stop it.
Let me state something clearly and unequivocally.
Hezbullah is not our friend.
Hezbullah is not the friend of the Lebanese people.
primary goal is the destruction of the state of Israel. They
so very clearly in one document after
fond of Americans, even though they have numerous cells in
this country, and raise funds with very little
effort made to deter them.
But, you might ask, what has Hezbullah done to us?
- April 18, 1983: Sixty-three people, including the CIA's Middle
East director, were killed, and 120 were injured in a 400-pound
suicide truck-bomb attack on the U.S. embassy in Beirut, Lebanon.
The Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility but it is widely believed
that Hezbullah was responsible.
23rd, 1983: A truck full of explosives ripped through the
on, killing 241 U.S. Marines, sailors and
soldiers. "It is beyond question that Hezbollah and its agents
received massive material and technical support from the Iranian
government," ruled U.S. District Court Judge Royce C. Lamberth.
- March 16, 1984 CIA Station Chief William Buckley kidnapped
by Hezbullah; later murdered by his captives.
20, 1984 Bombing of U.S. Embassy annex northeast of Beirut.
northeast of Beirut, a truck bomb exploded
outside the U.S. Embassy annex killing 24 people, two of whom
were U.S. military personnel. According to the U.S. State Department's
1999 report on terrorist organizations, elements of Hezbollah
are "known or suspected to have been involved" in the bombing.
- Dec. 3, 1984 Hijacking of Kuwait Airways Flight 221 and murder
of two American officials from the U.S. Agency for International
Development.. Kuwait Airways Flight 221, on its way from Kuwait
to Pakistan, was hijacked and diverted to Tehran. The hijackers
demanded the release of the Kuwait 17. When the demand wasn't
met, the hijackers killed two American officials from the U.S.
Agency for International Development. On the sixth day of the
drama, Iranian security forces stormed the plane and released
the remaining hostages. Over the coming years, numerous other
Americans were kidnapped, and several were beheaded by Hezbullah
terrorists in Beirut.
- June 13, 1985: Hezbullah terrorists hijack TWA Flight 847,
killing Navy Diver Robert Stethem and dumping his body onto
the tarmac in Beirut. The world gets its first look at the
man who would later become Intelligence Chief for Hezbullah,
- June 25, 1996: Iranian backed terrorists belonging to
a Saudi branch of Hezbullah attacked America at Dhahran,
Saudi Arabia, exploding a huge truck bomb that devastated
Khobar Towers and murdered 19 U.S. airmen as they rested
in their dormitory.
I could continue,
but you get the picture. And this doesnít
include the list of attacks Hezbullah has launched
against the Israelis, or against the Lebanese people.
Hezbullah is no friend of America.
We can help Israel stop them in the Middle East. Or we can
sit around and wait for them to export their terror into
the United States heartland.
If we sit
around and wait, we havenít learned a damned thing.
The Lebanese are living the hell that comes from inaction.
For two decades, Hezbullah has had free reign in that country.
The Hezbullah terrorists hide in private homes and apartments,
planting their caches of weapons where children sleep and
Now the children of Lebanon are paying with their lives.
We should pay attention.
The next time it may very well our children, not the children
of Lebanon, Israel, Iraq, or Gaza, who pay with their lives. CRO
2006 Laura Mansfield