April 2004

If he ignores the victims, then we know it’s just a cheap political stunt at the expense of the man and women who have given their lives in the War on Terror.

He could start with this list (adapted from here):

June 5th, 1968. Los Angeles, Senator (and then presidential candidate)
Robert F. Kennedy was making his way from the ballroom at the Ambassador
Hotel to give a press conference, after winning the California Primary. The
prearranged route went through a food service pantry. While making his way
through this area, a Arab-Palestinian, Sirhan Sirhan, stepped forward and
shot Kennedy dead.

February 23, 1970, Halhoul, West Bank. PLO terrorists open fire on a
busload of pilgrims killing Barbara Ertle of Michigan and wounding two other
May 30, 1972, Ben Gurion Airport, Israel. Three members of the
Japanese Red Army, acting on the Popular Front for the Liberation of
Palestine’s behalf, carried out a machine-gun and grenade attack at Israel’s
main airport, killing 26 and wounding 78 people. Many of the casualties were
American citizens, mostly from Puerto Rico.

September 5, 1972, Munich, Germany. During the Olympic Games in
Munich, Black September (Right Photo), a front for Fatah took hostage 11
members of the Israeli Olympic team. Nine athletes were killed including
weightlifter David Berger (Left Photo), an American-Israeli from Cleveland,

March 2, 1973, Khartoum, Sudan. Cleo A. Noel, Jr., U.S. ambassador to
Sudan and George C. Moore, also a U.S. diplomat, were held hostage and then
killed by terrorists at the U.S. Embassy in Khartoum. It seems likely that
Fatah was responsible for the attack.

November 21, 1975, Ramat Hamagshimim, Israel. Michael Nadler, an
American-Israeli from Miami Beach, Florida, was killed when axe-wielding
terrorists from the Democrat Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a PLO
faction, attacked students in the Golan Heights.

August 11, 1976, Istanbul, Turkey. The Popular Front for the
Liberation of Palestine launched an attack on the terminal of Israel’s
major airline, El Al, at the Istanbul airport. Four civilians, including
Harold Rosenthal of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, (and an aide to U.S. Senator
Jacob Javits) were killed and 20 injured.

January 1, 1977, Beirut, Lebanon. Frances E. Meloy, U.S. ambassador to
Lebanon, and Robert O.Waring, the U.S. economic counselor, were kidnapped by
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine members as they crossed a
militia checkpoint separating the Christian from the Muslim sections of
Beirut. They were later shot to death.

March 11, 1978, Tel Aviv, Israel. Gail Rubin (right), niece of U.S.
Senator Abraham Ribicoff, was among 38 people shot to death by PLO
terrorists on an Israeli beach.

June 2, 1978, Jerusalem, Israel. Richard Fishman, a medical student
from Maryland, was among six killed in a PLO bus bombing in Jerusalem. Chava
Sprecher, another American citizen from Seattle, Washington, was injured.

May 2, 1980, Hebron, West Bank. Eli Haze’ev (Left Photo), an
American-Israeli from Alexandria, Virginia, was killed in a PLO attack on
Jewish worshippers walking home from a synagogue in Hebron.

August 19, 1982, Paris, France. Two American citizens, Anne Van Zanten
and Grace Cutler, were killed when the PLO bombed a Jewish restaurant in

April 18, 1983, Beirut, Lebanon. A truck-bomb detonated by a remote
control exploded in front of the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, killing 63
employees, including the CIA’s Middle East director, and wounding 120.
Hizballah, with financial backing from Iran, was responsible for the attack.

July 1, 1983, Hebron, Israel. Aharon Gross, 19, an American-Israeli
from New York, was stabbed to death by PLO terrorists in the Hebron

October 23, 1983, Beirut, Lebanon. A truck loaded with a bomb crashed
into the lobby of the U.S. Marines headquarters in Beirut, killing 241
soldiers and wounding 81. The attack was carried out by Hizballah with the
help of Syrian intelligence and financed by Iran.

December 19, 1983, Jerusalem, Israel. Serena Sussman, a 60-year-old
tourist from Anderson, South Carolina, died from injuries from the PLO
bombing of a bus in Jerusalem thirteen days earlier.

January 18, 1984, Beirut, Lebanon. Malcolm Kerr, a Lebanese born
American who was president of the American University of Beirut, was killed
by two gunmen outside his office. Hizballah said the assassination was part
of the organization’s plan to “drive all Americans out from Lebanon.”

March 16, 1984, Beirut, Lebanon. Hizballah kidnapped William Buckley,
a political officer at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut. Buckley was supposed to
be exchanged for prisoners. However when the transaction failed to take
place, he was reportedly transported to Iran. Although his body was never
found, the U.S. administration declared the American diplomat dead.

April 12, 1984, Torrejon, Spain. Hizballah bombed a restaurant near
an U.S. Air Force base in Torrejon, Spain, killing 18 servicemen and
wounding 83 people.

September 20, 1984, Beirut, Lebanon. A suicide bomb attack on the U.S.
Embassy in East Beirut killed 23 people and injured 21. The American and
British ambassadors were slightly injured in the attack, attributed to the
Iranian backed Hizballah group.

September 20, 1984, Aukar, Lebanon. Islamic Jihad detonate a van full
of explosives 30 feet in front of the U.S. Embassy annex severely damaging
the building, killing two U.S. servicemen and seven Lebanese employees, as
well as 5 to 15 non-employees. Twenty Americans were injured, including U.S.
Ambassador Reginald Bartholomew and visiting British Ambassador David Miers.
An estimated 40 to 50 Lebanese were hurt. The attack came in response to the
U.S. veto September 6 of a U.N. Security Council resolution.

December 4, 1984, Tehran, Iran. Hizballah terrorists hijacked a
Kuwait Airlines plane en route from Dubai, United Emirates, to Karachi,
Pakistan. They demanded the release from Kuwaiti jails of members of Da’Wa,
a group of Shiite extremists serving sentences for attacks on French and
American targets on Kuwaiti territory. The terrorists forced the pilot to
fly to Tehran where the terrorists murdered two passengers–American Agency
for International Development employees, Charles Hegna and William Stanford.
Although an Iranian special unit ended the incident by storming the plane
and arresting the terrorists, the Iranian government might also have been
involved in the hijacking.

June 14, 1985, Between Athens and Rome. Two Hizballah members hijacked
a TWA Flight 847 en route to Rome from Athens and forced the pilot to fly to
Beirut. The terrorists, believed to belong to Hizballah, asked for the
release of members of the group Kuwait 17 and 700 Shi’ite prisoners held in
Israeli and South Lebanese prisons. The eight crewmembers and 145 passengers
were held for 17 days during which one of the hostages, Robert Stethem
(Right Photos), a U.S. Navy diver, was murdered. After being flown twice to
Algiers, the aircraft returned to Beirut and the hostages were released.
Later on, four Hizballah members were secretly indicted. One of them, the
Hizballah senior officer Imad Mughniyah, was indicted in absentia.

October 7, 1985, Between Alexandria, Egypt and Haifa, Israel. A
four-member Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine squad took over
the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro, as it was sailing from Alexandria,
Egypt, to Israel. The squad murdered a disabled U.S. citizen, Leon
Klinghoffer, by throwing him in the ocean. The rest of the passengers were
held hostage for two days and later released after the terrorists turned
themselves in to Egyptian authorities in return for safe passage. But U.S.
Navy fighters intercepted the Egyptian aircraft flying the terrorists to
Tunis and forced it to land at the NATO airbase in Italy, where the
terrorists were arrested. Two of the terrorists were tried in Italy and
sentenced to prison. The Italian authorities however let the two others
escape on diplomatic passports. Abu Abbas, who masterminded the hijacking,
was later convicted to life imprisonment in absentia.

December 27, 1985, Rome, Italy. Four terrorists from Abu Nidal’s
organization attacked El Al offices at the Leonardo di Vinci Airport in
Rome. Thirteen people, including five Americans, were killed and 74 wounded,
among them two Americans. The terrorists had come from Damascus and were
supported by the Syrian regime.

March 30, 1986, Athens, Greece. A bomb exploded on a TWA flight from
Rome as it approached Athens airport. The attack killed four U.S. citizens
who were sucked through a hole made by the blast, although the plane safely
landed. The bombing was attributed to the Fatah Special Operations Group’s
intelligence and security apparatus, headed by Abdullah Abd al-Hamid Labib,
alias Colonel Hawari.

April 5, 1986, West Berlin, Germany. An explosion at the “La Belle”
nightclub in Berlin, frequented by American soldiers, killed three–2 U.S.
soldiers and a Turkish woman-and wounded 191 including 41 U.S. soldiers.
Given evidence of Libyan involvement, the U.S. Air Force made a retaliatory
attack against Libyan targets on April 17. Libya refused to hand over to
Germany five suspects believed to be there. Others, however, were tried
including Yassir Shraidi and Musbah Eter, arrested in Rome in August 1997
and extradited; and also Ali Chanaa, his wife, Verena Chanaa, and her
sister, Andrea Haeusler. Shraidi, accused of masterminding the attack, was
sentenced to 14 years in jail. The Libyan diplomat Musbah Eter and Ali
Chanaa were both sentenced to 12 years in jail. Verena Chanaa was sentenced
to 14 years in prison. Andrea Haeusler was acquitted.

September 5, 1986, Karachi, Pakistan. Abu Nidal members hijacked a Pan
Am Flight #103 (Left Photo) leaving Karachi, Pakistan bound for Frankfurt,
Germany and New York with 379 passengers, including 89 Americans. The
terrorists forced the plane to land in Larnaca, Cyprus, where they demanded
the release of two Palestinians and a Briton jailed for the murder of three
Israelis there in 1985. The terrorists killed 22 of the passengers,
including two American citizens and wounded many others. They were caught
and indicted by a Washington grand jury in 1991.

October 15, 1986, Jerusalem, Israel. Gali Klein, an American citizen,
was killed in a grenade attack by Fatah at the Western Wall in Jerusalem.

February 17, 1988, Ras-Al-Ein Tyre, Lebanon. Col. William Higgins
(Left and Right Photos), the American chief of the United Nations Truce
Supervisory Organization, was abducted by Hizballah while driving from Tyre
to Nakura. The hostages demanded the withdrawal of Israeli forces from
Lebanon and the release of all Palestinian and Lebanese held prisoners in
Israel. The U.S. government refused to answer the request. Hizballah later
hanged Higgins.

December 21, 1988, Lockerbie, Scotland. Pan Am Flight 103 departing
from Frankfurt to New York was blown up in midair, killing all 259
passengers and another 11 people on the ground in Scotland. Two Libyan
agents were found responsible for planting a sophisticated suitcase bomb
onboard the plane. On 14 November 1991, arrest warrants were issued for
Al-Amin Khalifa Fahima and Abdel Baset Ali Mohamed al-Megrahi. After Libya
refused to extradite the suspects to stand trial, the United Nations leveled
sanctions against the country in April 1992, including the freezing of
Libyan assets abroad. In 1999, Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi agreed to hand
over the two suspects, but only if their trial was held in a neutral country
and presided over by a Scottish judge. With the help of Saudi Arabia’s King
Fahd and Crown Prince Abdullah, Al-Megrahi and Fahima were finally
extradited and tried in Camp Zeist in the Netherlands. Megrahi was found
guilty and jailed for life, while Fahima was acquitted due to a “lack of
evidence” of his involvement. After the extradition, UN sanctions against
Libya were automatically lifted.

February 7, 1991, Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. Dev Sol members shot and
killed a U.S. civilian contractor as he was getting into his car at the
Incirlik Air Base in Adana, Turkey.

October 28, 1991, Ankara, Turkey. Victor Marwick, an American soldier
serving at the Turkish-American base, Tuslog, was killed and his wife
wounded in a car bomb attack. The Turkish Islamic Jihad claimed
responsibility for the attack.

October 28, 1991, Istanbul, Turkey. Two car bombings killed a U.S. Air
Force sergeant and severely wounded an Egyptian diplomat in Istanbul.
Turkish Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility.

November 8, 1991, Beirut, Lebanon. A 100-kg car bomb destroyed the
administration building of the American University in Beirut, killing one
person and wounding at least a dozen.

January 25, 1993, Virginia, United States. A Pakistani gunman opened
fire on Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) employees standing outside of the
building. Two agents, Frank Darling and Bennett Lansing, were killed and
three others wounded. The assailant was never caught and reportedly fled to

February 26, 1993, New York, United States. A massive van bomb
exploded in an underground parking garage below the World Trade Center in
New York City, killing six and wounding 1,042. Four Islamist activists were
responsible for the attack. Ramzi Ahmed Yousef (Right Photo), the
operation’s alleged mastermind, escaped but was later arrested in Pakistan
and extradited to the United States. Abd al-Hakim Murad, another suspected
conspirator, was arrested by local authorities in the Philippines and handed
over to the United States. The two, along with two other terrorists, were
tried in the U.S. and sentenced to 240 years.

March 8, 1995, Karachi, Pakistan. Two unidentified gunmen armed with
AK-47 assault rifles opened fire on a U.S. Consulate van in Karachi, killing
two U.S. diplomats, Jacqueline Keys Van Landingham and Gary C. Durell, and
wounding a third, Mark McCloy.

April 9, 1995, Kfar Darom and Netzarim, Gaza Strip. Two suicide
attacks were carried out within a few hours of each other in Jewish
settlements in the Gaza Strip. In the first attack a suicide bomber crashed
an explosive-rigged van into an Israeli bus in Netzarim, killing eight
including U.S. citizen Alisa Flatow. Over 30 others were
injured. In the second attack, a suicide bomber detonated a car bomb in the
midst of a convoy of cars in Kfar Darom, injuring 12. The Palestine Islamic
Jihad (PIJ) Shaqaqi Faction claimed responsibility for the attacks.

July 4, 1995, Kashmir, India. In Kashmir, a previously unknown
militant group, Al-Faran, with suspected links to a Kashmiri separatist
group in Pakistan, took hostage six tourists, including two U.S. citizens.
They demanded the release of Muslim militants held in Indian prisons. One of
the U.S. citizens escaped on July 8, while on August 13 the decapitated body
of the Norwegian hostage was found along with a note stating that the other
hostages also would be killed if the group’s demands were not met. The
Indian Government refused. Both Indian and American authorities believe the
rest of the hostages were most likely killed in 1996 by their jailers.

August 1995, Istanbul, Turkey. A bombing of Istanbul’s popular Taksim
Square injured two U.S. citizens. This attack was part of a three-year-old
attempt by the PKK to drive foreign tourists away from Turkey by striking at
tourist sites.

August 21, 1995, Jerusalem, Israel. A bus bombing in Jerusalem by the
Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) killed four, including American Joan
Davenny, and wounded more than 100.

November 13, 1995, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. A car bomb exploded in the
parking lot outside of the Riyadh headquarters of the Office of the Program
Manager/Saudi Arabian National Guard, killing seven persons, five of them
U.S. citizens, and wounding 42. The blast severely damaged the three-story
building, which houses a U.S. military advisory group, and several
neighboring office buildings. Three groups — the Islamic Movement for
Change, the Tigers of the Gulf, and the Combatant Partisans of God —
claimed responsibility for the attack.

February 25, 1996, Jerusalem, Israel. A suicide bomber blew up a
commuter bus in Jerusalem, killing 26, including three U.S. citizens, and
injuring 80 others, among them another three U.S. citizens. Hamas claimed
responsibility for the bombing.

March 4, 1996, Tel Aviv, Israel. A suicide bomber detonated an
explosive device outside the Dizengoff Center, Tel Aviv’s largest shopping
mall, killing 20 persons and injuring 75 others, including two U.S.
citizens. Both Hamas and the Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the
bombing. May 13, 1996, Beit-El, West Bank. Arab gunmen opened fire on a
hitchhiking stand near Beit El, wounding three Israelis and killing David
Boim (Right Photo), 17, an American- Israeli from New York. No one claimed
responsibility for the attack, although either the Islamic Jihad or Hamas
are suspected.

June 9, 1996, Zekharya, West Bank. Yaron Ungar, an American-Israeli,
and his Israeli wife were killed in a drive-by shooting near their West Bank
home. The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine is suspected.

June 25, 1996, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. A fuel truck carrying a bomb
exploded outside the U.S. military’s Khobar Towers housing facility in
Dhahran, killing 19 U.S. military personnel and wounding 515 persons,
including 240 U.S. personnel. Several groups claimed responsibility for the
attack. In June 2001, a U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Virginia,
identified Saudi Hizballah as the party responsible for the attack. The
court indicated that the members of the organization, banned from Saudi
Arabia, “frequently met and were trained in Lebanon, Syria, or Iran” with
Libyan help.

August 17, 1996, Mapourdit, Sudan. Sudan People’s Liberation Army
(SPLA) rebels kidnapped six missionaries in Mapourdit, including a U.S
citizen. The SPLA released the hostages on August 28.

February 23, 1997, New York, United States. Ali Hassan Abu Kamal, a
Palestinian teacher, opened fire on the 86th-floor observation deck of New
York City’s Empire State Building, killing killing a Danish national and
wounding six others before shooting himself to death. A handwritten note
carried by the gunman claimed this was a punishment attack against the
“enemies of Palestine.”

July 30, 1997, Jerusalem, Israel. Two bombs detonated in Jerusalem’s
Mahane Yehuda market, killing 15 persons, including a U.S. citizen and
wounding 168 others, among them two U.S. citizens. The Izz-el-Din al-Qassam
Brigades, Hamas’ military wing, claimed responsibility for the attack.

November 12, 1997, Karachi, Pakistan. Two unidentified gunmen shot to
death four U.S. auditors from Union Texas Petroleum and their Pakistani
driver as they drove away from the Sheraton Hotel in Karachi. Two groups
claimed responsibility — the Islamic Inqilabi Council, or Islamic
Revolutionary Council and the Aimal Secret Committee, also known as the
Aimal Khufia Action Committee.

April 19, 1998, Maon, Israel. Dov Driben, a 28-year-old
American-Israeli farmer was killed by terrorists near the West Bank town of
Maon. One of his assailants, Issa Debavseh, a member of Fatah Tanzim, was
killed on November 7, 2001, by the IDF after being on their wanted list for
the murder.

August 7, 1998, Nairobi,
Kenya. A car bomb exploded at the rear entrance of the U.S. Embassy in
Nairobi. The attack killed a total of 292, including 12 U.S. citizens, and
injured over 5,000, among them six Americans. The perpetrators belonged to
al-Qaida, Usama bin Ladin’s network.

August 7, 1998, Dar es Sala’am, Tanzania. A car bomb exploded outside
the U.S. Embassy in Dar es Sala’am, killing 11 and injuring 86. Osama bin
Laden’s organization al-Qaida claimed responsibility for the attack. Two
suspects were arrested.

December 28, 1998, Mawdiyah, Yemen. Sixteen tourists–12 Britons, two
Americans and two Australians–were taken hostage in the largest kidnapping
in Yemen’s recent history. The tourists were seized in the Abyan province
(some 175 miles south of Sanaa the capital). One Briton and a Yemeni guide
escaped, while the rest were taken to city of Mawdiyah. Four hostages were
killed when troops closed in and two were wounded, including an American
woman. The kidnappers, members of the Islamic Army of Aden-Abyan, an
offshoot of Al-Jihad, had demanded the release from jail of their leader,
Saleh Haidara al-Atwi.

October 31, 1999, Nantucket, Massachusetts, United States. EgyptAir
Flight 990 crashed off the U.S. coast killing all 217 people on board,
including 100 Americans. Although it is not precisely clear what happened,
evidence indicated that an Egyptian pilot, Ahmed el-Habashy,
crashed the plane for personal or political reasons.

October 8, 2000, Nablus, West Bank. The bullet-ridden body of Hillel
Lieberman, a U.S. citizen living in the Jewish settlement of Elon Moreh, was
found at the entrance to the West Bank town of Nablus. Lieberman had headed
there after hearing that Palestinians had desecrated the religious site,
Joseph’s Tomb. No organization claimed responsibility for the murder.

October 12, 2000, Aden Harbor, Yemen. A suicide squad rammed the
warship the U.S.S. Cole with an explosives-laden boat killing 13 American
sailors and injuring 33. The attack was likely by Osama bin Ladin’s al-Qaida

October 30, 2000, Jerusalem, Israel. Gunmen killed Eish Kodesh Gilmor,
a 25-year-old American-Israeli on duty as a security guard at the National
Insurance Institute in Jerusalem. The “Martyrs of the Al-Aqsa Intifada,” a
group linked to Fatah, claimed responsibility for the attack. Gilmor’s
family filed a suit in the U.S. District Court in Washington against the
Palestinian Authority, the PLO, Chairman Yasser Arafat and members of Force
17, as being responsible for the attack.

May 9, 2001, Tekoa, West Bank. Kobi Mandell, 14, an American-Israeli,
was found stoned to death along with a friend in a cave near the Jewish
settlement of Tekoa. Two organizations, the Islamic Jihad and Hizballah,
claimed responsibility for the attack. See Koby Mandell Memorial Park.

May 29, 2001, Gush Etzion, West Bank. The Fatah Tanzim claimed
responsibility for a drive-by shooting of six in the West Bank that killed
two American-Israeli citizens, Samuel Berg, and his mother, Sarah Blaustein.

August 9, 2001, Jerusalem, Israel. A suicide bombing at Sbarro’s, a
pizzeria situated in one of the busiest areas of downtown Jerusalem, killed
15 people, including a 31-year-old tourist from New Jersey, Shoshana
Greenbaum and wounded more than 90. Hamas claimed responsibility for the

September 11, 2001, New York, Washington D.C., and Pennsylvania,
United States. During a carefully coordinated attack, 19 Islamist extremists
hijacked four U.S. jetliners and forced them to crash into the World Trade
Center and the Pentagon. In all, 266 people perished in the four planes, and
more than 3,000 people were killed on the ground. U.S. investigators
determined on the basis of extensive evidence that Usama bin Ladin’s
al-Qaida group was responsible for the attack. The first plane, American
Airlines Flight 11 en route from Boston to Los Angeles, crashed into the
World Trade Center’s north tower at 8:48 a.m. Eighteen minutes later, United
Airlines Flight 175, also headed from Boston to Los Angeles, smashed into
the World Trade Center’s south tower. At 9:40 a.m. a third airplane, an
American Airlines Boeing 757 that left Washington’s Dulles International
Airport for Los Angeles, crashed into the western part of the Pentagon where
24,000 people worked. The fourth plane, a United Airlines Flight 93 flying
from Newark to San Francisco, crashed near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, most
likely before it could hit its target. Hundreds of firefighters, police
officers and other rescue workers who arrived in the site after the first
plane crash were killed or injured.

January 15, 2002, Bethlehem, West Bank. Avraham Boaz, 71, a dual
Israeli-American citizen, was kidnapped at a Palestinian Authority (PA)
security checkpoint in Beit Jala and murdered.

January 27, 2002, Jerusalem, Israel. A Palestinian woman triggered a
massive explosion in downtown Jerusalem killing one elderly Israeli and
injuring more than 150, including American Mark Sokolow, his wife, and 16
and 12-year-old daughters. Sokolow had earlier survived the September 11
attack on the World Trade Center, escaping from his law office on the 38th
floor of the South Tower before it collapsed.

Jun 18, 2002, Jerusalem – Dr. Moshe Gottlieb, 70, was one of 19 people
killed in a suicide bombing in Egged bus no. 32A traveling from Gilo to the
center of Jerusalem. Dr, Gottleib was on his way to his clinic in Bnai Brak
where he treated, for free, children with Down’s Syndrome. Moshe was a
former resident of Los Angeles, having moved here around 20 years ago.

June 19, 2002, Jerusalem – Gila Sara Kessler, 19, was one of seven
people killed when a suicide bomber blew himself up at a crowded bus stop
and hitchhiking post at the French Hill intersection in northern Jerusalem.
Gila was a gifted gymnast and swimmer and attended the High School for the
Arts in Jerusalem, majoring in dance. She completed her high school studies
in the United States. Her parents were divorced several years ago, and her
father lives in the United States.

July 31, 2002 – Shortly after 13:30, while about 100 people were
eating lunch, a bomb exploded in the Frank Sinatra cafeteria on the Hebrew
University Mt. Scopus in Jerusalem. The explosive device was apparently
planted inside the cafeteria, which was gutted by the explosion. Seven
people were killed (including 4 American students) and 86 were injured.
Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack. The Americans included Marla
Bennett (24) of San Diego, California, David Gritz (24) of Peru,
Massachusetts, Benjamin Blutstein (25) of Susquehanna Township, Pennsylvania
and Janis Ruth Coulter (36) from New York. Coulter [Right Photo] was herself
a former Hebrew University student, having studied Jewish civilization after
graduating from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1991. She was
raised an Episcopalian but converted to Judaism in 1996. Friends said she
had been influenced by a lecture on the Holocaust given by author Eli

12 October 2002. Kuta, Bali. An electronically triggered bomb ripped through
Paddy’s Bar, driving the injured out into the street. Approximately ten to fifteen
seconds later, a second much more powerful car bomb concealed in a white van
exploded in front of the Sari Club. The local hospital was unable to cope with the
number of injured, particuarly burns victims. Many of the wounded, of all nationalities,
were flown by the Royal Australian Air Force to hospitals in Darwin and other
Australian cities. The final death toll was 202, including 7 Americans.



Barbara Lerner’s article Rumsfeld’s War, Powell’s Occupation gets to the root of the problem. The only real fighting that seems to be going on is between Rumsfeld’s Pentagon on the one hand and Powell/Tenet of the State Department/CIA on the other. Bush will listen to one side, go with that for a while, and then switch sides, usually at the worst time. The Marines were doing a great job crushing the insurgency in Fallujah and making an example of those who would commit atrocities against Americans. Instead of finishing the job, they were stopped to let a “peace process” work. Have they learned nothing? There is no “peace process” when you are dealing with Islamic Terrorists. There is Hudna, where they con you into a truce while they regroup and rearm, and that’s it.

Now an Iraqi army has been assembled out of thin air and Saddam holdovers to take over from the Marines. A sleaze ball UN diplomat is replacing Mr. Bremer’s failed governing council. Ayatollah wannabe Sadr is still on the loose, doing Iran’s bidding, and terrorists are continuing to flood into Iraq from Syria and Iran.

At this rate Bush junior is going to leave Iraq in a bigger mess than Bush senior did after the first Gulf War. I’m starting to think Bush’s Texas Poker is more like the kid’s game of Snap; he’s just grabbing at any card that comes by. John Kerry couldn’t do worse, could he? Unfortunately, the answer is probably yes.

Senator Lautenberg called Cheney the “lead chickenhawk”:

“We know who the chickenhawks are,” the New Jersey senator said on the Senate floor. ” and cast aspersions on others, but when it was their turn to serve, they were AWOL from courage”.

The AWOL jab is intended to skewer Bush despite the fact that claims he was AWOL were refuted by the release of all his military records. Moreover, the Bush/Cheney team has not cast aspersions on Kerry’s few months of service in Vietnam. What they have done is question Kerry’s commitment to national defense based on his anti-war activities, his voting record on defense issues and his on-again, off-again support for the war in Iraq and the Patriot act.

The political reality for the Democrats is that Kerry is a dead duck candidate. His best campaign week he spent on vacation. To cover up the fact that Kerry is a dead duck the Democrats are trying to draw attention away from the smell of decomposing duck by creating bigger stinks elsewhere. The 9/11 Commission is one such (failed) attempt.

This latest smear campaign is going to backfire. By claiming the Bush/Cheney team “talk[s] tough on national defense and military issues” Lautenberg only highlights the obvious corollary that the Bush/Cheney team also acts tough on national defense and military issues.

If dirty bomber wannabe Jose Padilla is treated like a criminal, a good trial lawyer could get him freed in the time it took to raise his bail. After all, he hasn’t actually committed a major crime on US soil. His lawyer would call Abu Zubaydah as a witness for the defense. For national security reasons, the US wouldn’t produce Abu Zubaydah, and Padilla could walk.

If Padilla then meets up with a sleeper cell, assembles his bomb and detonates it in a U.S. city, who would be held responsible? Not the executive branch; they did all in their power to stop Padilla. Not the legislative branch; they empowered the President to conduct the war on terror. The culprits will be the unelected, unaccountable Supreme Court Justices. Do they really want to take the chance that a terrorist suspect, released because they overruled the executive branch, succeeds in a devastating attack on U.S. soil? I hope not, but it looks they are willing to take the chance, by putting the individual rights of an avowed terrorist ahead of the collective rights of his thousands of potential victims.

Michelle Malkin describes his performance on the The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

Now, it would be one thing if Kerrey used his privileged position to inform Stewart’s younger audience of the gravity of the 9/11 panel’s task. But instead, Kerrey yukked it up. First, he dished with Stewart about President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney’s upcoming private meeting with the commission. When Stewart mocked the president’s “buddy system,” Kerrey guffawed: “He is bringing his buddy, that’s exactly right, for safety.” Emboldened by audience applause, Kerrey riffed that it was more like “Screw you, buddy.” Asked by Stewart whether people were really blaming each other over the terrorist attacks during closed hearings, Kerrey snorted: “Oh, Jee-zus, yeah.”

We’re supposed to take this 9/11 Commission seriously? How can we, when its members can’t? Richard Ben-Viste used it to score cheap political points. Jamie Gorelick should be appearing before it instead of sitting on it, a point she proved with her very own WPO Op-ed. Bob Kerrey thinks it’s some sort of comedy.

God help us if the 9/11 Commission is supposed to help the nation figure out why 9/11 happened and how future attacks can be stopped.

Scott Burgess highlights the problem the UK has with radical Muslim clerics exploiting Britain’s lax laws and generous welfare benefits. Here’s an example of the problem:

Ramee Abdul Rahman Muhammad
Manchester Imam
Benefit Status: £1400/mo + rent

Lectured to shoe bomber Richard Reid, as well as British suicide bombers Omar Sharif and Asif Hanif. According to the Daily Mail, “he is still urging British Muslims to take up arms and wants Britain to become an Islamic state.” Now in the UK, he is seeking asylum from the US – but may be deported soon.

Osama Bin Ladin could probably set up shop in Brixton and nobody would blink. Maybe they’d think they’d be able to keep an eye on him and stop him from committing any more alleged crimes.

What do these respected religious leaders produce? According to this LGF link Radical British born Jihadists. Here’s what one of them says:

“As far as I’m concerned, when they bomb London, the bigger the better,” says Abdul Haq, the social worker. “I know it’s going to happen because Sheikh bin Laden said so. Like Bali, like Turkey, like Madrid – I pray for it, I look forward to the day.”

Follow the link to LGF’s source to read more. The latitude given our enemy in the U.K. is unbelievable. It would be equivalent to letting the Nazi party operate recruiting offices in London during the Blitz. It isn’t that much better in the U.S. and British citizens like Richard Reid are just a transatlantic flight away.

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