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Iran Honors Bin Laden Mentor and Murderer of 220 US Marines

Posted By Daniel Greenfield On January 16, 2014 @ 1:57 pm In The Point | 13 Comments

But we better listen to Obama, John Kerry, Diane Feinstein and Debbie Wasserman Schultz and really cling to this wonderful deal that will let Iran keep its nukes.

There’s no way letting a country that is one of the world’s leading sponsors of terror go nuclear will ever backfire.

During his visit to Lebanon on January 13, Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Javad Zarif Khonsari placed a wreath at the tomb of Imad Mugniyah and then bowed his head in reverence. Zarif’s move was sure to raise eyebrows as Mugniyah was, until his demise in Damascus in 2008, a longtime Hezbollah commander and an innovator in anti-American terrorism.

Indeed, the White House chastised the Iranian official in a statement pointing out that Mugniyah was “responsible for heinous acts of terrorism that killed hundreds of innocent people, including Americans.”

The condemnation however doesn’t mean that the billions going to Iran will stop or that Obama will drop his objections to Iran sanctions.

Mughniyeh was the Hezbollah terrorist who had killed more Americans than any other man until the attack on 9/11. Mughniyeh was involved in bombing the Marine barracks in Beirut, the bombings of U.S. embassies, the torture and killing of CIA station chief William Buckley in Beirut, the hijacking of TWA Flight 847 and the murder of Navy diver Robert Stethem, among other acts of terror.

Here are a few recollections from the terrible anniversary of the baracks bombing last year.

“I grabbed my gear and ran to the barracks,” Nevells, who was 21 and a lance corporal with what was then the 24th Marine Amphibious Unit’s service support group during the terrorist attack, recalled Friday. “We watched as the building dropped then we went over for the recovery mission. There were so many people in that building and we just wanted to get them out.”

The explosion was so violent that it created an 8-foot crater and buried Nevells’ friends and brothers-in-arms under 15 feet of the building’s rubble. He and other Marines spent five days digging for survivors and freeing the bodies of the men they served with during the multinational peacekeeping mission.

“That was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done,” Nevells said while wearing a black Beirut veteran’s hat honoring those who perished during the bombing. “We just did what we had to do.”

The only time before that the Marine Corps had suffered a larger loss of life in a single day was during the historic 1945 Battle of Iwo Jima during World War II.

“The worst part for me is that nobody remembers [Beirut],” Nevells said.

Obama certainly doesn’t. And now the brutal death of William Buckley.

On Monday morning, May 7, 1984, the United States embassy in Athens received a video posted in the city… It showed William Buckley undergoing torture… The camera zoomed in and out of Buckley’s nude and damaged body. He held before his genitalia a document marked “MOST SECRET”… Casey later remembered how “… They had done more than ruin his body. His eyes made it clear his mind had been played with. It was horrific, medieval and barbarous”… Buckley showed symptoms of being drugged; his eyes were dull and his lips slack.

On Friday, October 26, 1984, 224 days since Buckley was kidnapped, a third video arrived at the CIA. The tape was even more harrowing. Buckley was close to a gibbering wretch. His words were often incoherent; he slobbered and drooled and, most unnerving of all, he would suddenly scream in terror, his eyes rolling helplessly and his body shaking. From time to time he held up documents, which had been in his burn-bag, to the camera.

And now the murder of Robert Stethem.

He was blindfolded,bounded and gagged,then repeatedly tortured throughout the next several hours. Stethem was pistol whipped ,as he was being kicked and punched on the floor mercilessly for a prolonged period of time. However,testimonies by several passengers,and John Testrake, Stethem never uttered out a cry of pain. “He (Stethem) was probably the bravest man I’ve ever seen in my life” the pilot said of the Navy seabee in a interview after his release. Stethem was kicked in the face and the knee caps and was repeatedly stomped and kicked until they(hijackers) had broken all of his ribs. Another navy diver who was on TWA 847 gave a graphic detail when he saw his commrade beaten severely that “there was blood all over his(Stethem) face and his head’ that his shirt was torn and there was blood all over his chest; that his ribs were bruised,red and inflamed; and that he was limping and dragging one foot.”

“He said how it may be better that he died” Henderson testified in Hummadi’s trial “He believed that someone would die on the plane,someone from the navy men(there were five other divers on the plane) and he said that because he was the only one who wasn’t married,that he should be the one to die. He spoke with a clear mind…he didn’t believe that all of us could get out alive. He felt it was fair that he dies so the rest of us could live.”

Then they drag him to the cockpit door and they are beating Robert Stethem with the armrest they ripped off the flight engineer’s seat. They were jumping in the air and landing full force on his body. He must have had all his ribs broken. I was sitting only 15 feet away. I couldn’t listen to it. I put my fingers in my ears. I will never forget. I could still hear. They put the mike up to his face so his screams could be heard by the outside world. When they were finished, one of the hijackers picked him up like a cat picks up its kitten and dragged him over to a seat.

…Now I’m telling . . . I’m telling Bob — Robert Stethem — to hang on. He was in tremendous pain. His arms had lost all feeling. I kept saying to this German-speaking hijacker, “Can I not untie his hands? We’re cooperating with you. Why are you doing this to those people?” He said, “No. Leave him alone. He’s just an American pig.”

This is what Barack Hussein Obama, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, John Kerry, Diane Feinstein and the other Democrats who stand with Iran are getting into bed with.

But we better not risk offending Iran with sanctions or they’ll walk away from the negotiations. Meanwhile Iran boasts of humiliating Obama just to see how much more he can take.

It is obvious that while we are supposed to freeze any congressional action lest we upset the sensitive Iranians, they plan to mock the president and indeed the United States. We are to walk on eggshells, while they honor a terrorist who murdered hundreds of Americans. (And more: Last week Iran shipped weapons to rebels in Bahrain.) The administration’s reaction to all this is to insist with greater and greater heat that Congress must not act, and to cast aspersions on those members who back the legislation.

This dishonors those whose lives were taken by Mughniyeh, but it does more: It suggests to Iran that the administration is now hostage to the nuclear negotiations. For the Obama administration, the talks must succeed and nothing will be permitted to get us off that track. This is dangerous, freeing Iran not only to honor a terrorist who murdered Americans and to give greater backing to terrorism today, but ultimately to cheat on the nuclear deal as well — under the logical assumption that the Obama administration will not see evidence it does not want to see and that would turn its diplomatic achievement into dust.

That’s the whole goal. It’s the same trick that Hitler pulled on Chamberlain and that the Russians pulled during the Cold War and it’s how Israel got into its current mess. Once you prioritize negotiations above everything else, because they are the only alternative to war, you choose, as Churchill said, dishonor and you get war anyway.

And with Mughniyeh, you also get Osama.

Mugniyah’s alleged role as the mastermind of the 1983 U.S. Marine barracks bombing in Lebanon, as well as a string of other attacks against American interests, has long been known. Iran’s “financial and material support” for Mughniyah and Hezbollah, as noted by the White House, is also  well documented. But the influence that Mugniyah’s operations had on other terrorists, especially Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda, remains underappreciated even to this day.

In the early 1990s, al-Qaeda had not yet been transformed into an international terrorist network capable of launching spectacular mass casualty attacks. Bin Laden, who was living in the Sudan at the time, sought out the expertise of seasoned terrorists who could train al-Qaeda’s operatives. Mugniyah and Hezbollah, despite their theological differences with bin Laden, were natural choices.

Al-Qaeda terrorists have explained the logic behind Mugniyah’s relationship with al-Qaeda during testimony before an American court…

“I arranged security for a meeting in the Sudan between Mughniyah, Hezbollah’s chief, and bin Laden.” Mohamed went on to explain that “Hezbollah provided explosives training for al-Qaeda” and the EIJ, while Iran supplied them with weapons.

According to Mohamed, al-Qaeda sought to replicate Hezbollah’s successful attacks. “Based on the Marine explosion in Beirut in [1983] and the American pull-out from Beirut,” Mohamed explained.

The 9/11 Commission found that al-Qaeda “had begun developing the tactical expertise” utilized in the embassy bombings when some of its terrorists, including “top military committee members and several operatives who were involved with the Kenya cell,” were “sent to Hezbollah training camps in Lebanon.”

This is what Barack Hussein Obama, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, John Kerry, Diane Feinstein and the other Democrats who stand with Iran are defending.


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