Chronology of Islamic Terrorism Against the U.S.

The Hydra was a mythical monster with the body of a snake and a hundred heads. Every time one of its heads was cut off, a new one grew in its place. The Islamic terrorist network, spread out across the world, is the modern day Hydra. It has many heads. And, any time you cut one off, a new one will soon replace it. But it’s funded by a small handful of very wealthy countries, who fund it through the proceeds from oil. We cannot kill the Hydra by cutting off its heads. The only way to kill it is to cut off its source of funding.

Ron Paul and the Democrats would have us believe that all we need do is go home, and the Jihadists will leave us alone. To me, that seems naive. Remember, the Islamic terrorists started this war by attacking us at home, on our own soil, killing several thousand civilians in our nation’s largest city and attacking our Pentagon. Before that, there was a whole series of escalating attacks spanning over two decades.

  • In 1979, fifty-two American citizens were taken hostage by Islamic terrorists who took over the U.S. embassy in Tehran, Iran.
  • Between 1982-1991, ten Americans were kidnapped in Lebanon.
  • In 1983, a Hezbollah suicide bomber attacked the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, killing 63 people.
  • Later that year, another suicide bomber attacked the U.S. marine barracks in Beirut, killing 241 U.S. marines and injuring over 100 more.
  • Terrorists also bombed the U.S. Embassy annex in Kuwait in 1983, killing six and injuring over 80 others.
  • In 1984, there was another suicide bombing of the U.S. Embassy compound in Beirut, killing 24 people.
  • Later that year, Hezbollah hijacked Kuwait Airways flight 221, and killed two American officials from the U.S. Agency for International Development when their demands to release the 17 terrorists who had bombed the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait were not met.
  • In 1985, Hezbollah hijacked TWA flight 847, first to Lebanon and then to Algiers, where they held the passengers hostage for 17 days. Again, they demanded the release of the terrorists who had bombed the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait, and shot a U.S. Navy diver when their demands were not met.
  • Later that year, the PLO hijacked the Achille Lauro, an Italian cruise ship, and killed an American tourist when their demands for the release of PLO terrorists were not met.
  • In 1986, TWA flight 840 was bombed just before landing in Athens, Greece, killing four people who were sucked out of the hole caused by the explosion.
  • In 1988, Pan Am flight 103 from London to NY was blown up over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing 259 passengers and 11 people on the ground.
  • In 1993, a Muslim sniper opened fire on the CIA complex in Langley, VA, killing two CIA employees and injuring three others.
  • That same year, a car bomb was planted in the garage under the World Trade Center.
  • In 1995, a car bomb in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia killed five Americans.
  • In 1996, Hezbollah bombed the U.S. military complex in Riyadh, killing 19 Americans and injuring hundreds more.
  • In 1998, Al Qaeda bombed the U.S. Embassies in both Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, killing a total of 223 people and injuring over 4,000.
  • In 2000, Al Qaeda bombed the USS Cole harbored in Aden, Yemen, killing 17 U.S. sailors and injuring 39.
  • In 2001, they destroyed the World Trade Center, killing 3,000 civilians, and attacked the U.S. Pentagon.

Our policy of turning the other cheek up until 9/11 only emboldened them. They kept escalating the violence until they hit us so hard we couldn’t ignore it. And they’re going to continue waging war on us, whether we fight back or not, until Allah grants them victory (as they’re confident he will). Ignoring them hasn’t worked in the past. Why would it work in the future?

Bringing our troops home before the job is done would result in bringing the war home with them. Is that really what America wants?

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  1. I agree that a small, select group of very wealthy nations (that GWB calls his buddies) fund a lot of terrorism and hatred around the world.

    Which is it…did the terrorists start this whole thing by attacking us on 9/11 or is this just the latest in a series of terrorist attacks that go back many decades? You can’t have it both ways.

    All “terrorists” are not made alike. The Middle East is not one big homogeneous group of people that hate the West. That kind of thinking is what has gotten us into the absolute mess that we’re in in Iraq. It’s that ignorance of the region and the reason that things go on there which is why we’re currently losing “The War on Terror”, which is a ridiculous name for a war…we may as well have a war on making a right-turn on red. Terrorism is an act…an act made by people that are despirate beyond belief.

    What happened in Iran is not the same as what happened in Lebanon. Hezbollah is a threat to Israel’s control of Lebanon…not to the USA. The PLO cared about a homeland for the Palestinians, which they still don’t have BTW. Al-Qaeda is our enemy that attacked us on 9/11…let’s get them in Afganistan and Pakistan where they’ve been all along. Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11 or Al-Qaeda. We did not “turn the other cheek” (like Jesus said we should) before GWB.

    Bringing the vast majority of our troops home from a failed and costly war in Iraq is the only sensible thing to do at this point…and it’s going to happen…get ready for it…

  2. These radicals have the totalitarian power to impose their views under the guise that their interpretation of the Koran is right. They’ll not tolerate dissension from within or without. And sadly, the Koran does demand total obedience. They are driven by the godless idea that all must conform to some current interpretation of the Koran. We must not now or in the foreseeable future, withdraw, but instead confront them unwaveringly. But withdraw we will, after GWB is gone, to our dismay.

  3. “Ron Paul and the Democrats would have us believe that all we need do is go home, and the Jihadists will leave us alone.”

    Those who believe that bringing the troops home and out of Iraq are hardly advocating that we do nothing about terrorism. I think it is disingenuous to portray their positions as such.

  4. What do they want us to do about it, Wiggles? I haven’t heard it from them.

  5. I’m not sure what is so mysterious about this. The same as always. Find the criminals responsible and hold them accountable. Bring them to justice.

  6. How?

  7. Thank you for agreeing with me that no one on the national stage is saying that murderous criminals should go unpunished.

    How? It may be hard to remember after 6+ years of being at “war” with a word. Perhaps the same way someone like Timothy McVeigh was tracked down and held accountable? It might involve some police work.

  8. But what do you do when there are perhaps more than a million of them, scattered throughout the world, with well-organized, well-funded, underground networks to communicate and plot against you? This is more than just a question of punishing a crime. Ordinary criminals don’t announce their intent to destroy you.

    When you know you have an enemy, one that has declared war against you, and proven they are to be taken seriously, you can’t just wait for each attack and react by trying to find and prosecute the perpetrators. The actual attackers are just pawns, and they often blow themselves up in the attack. Meanwhile, the leaders are still plotting and recruiting more terrorists for their next offensive.

  9. These “radical” Islamics sound a lot like some of the Relgious Right-wing in this country and their interpretation of the Bible.

    Our enemies are NOT numbered in the millions…give me a break. This is not a war of cultures or religion. If you buy into that, the war will never, ever, ever end!

    Bring the vast majority of our troops home from Iraq. Put more troops into Afganistan to stop the Taliban and Al-Qaeda. Get Pakistan to be “with us or against us” in fighting Al-Qaeda in their own country. Confront those “small handful of very wealthy countries” to stop funding terrorism and assist the U.S. and the rest of the West (and Russia if need be) to bring a two-state, peaceful solution to the Israel/Palestine problem. Wean ourselves off foreign oil with a real alternative energy program for the USA. Problem solved…

    Pre-emption hasn’t worked and is *not* the American way. We’re supposed to be the good guys remember? We aren’t supposed to be torturing people, starting aggressive wars for no reason, and shredding the Constitution. Wake up!

  10. Mr. Guy, for once we seem to agree on at least one point. At least we agree that this is not a war of religion. Please see the following post “Don’t Believe the Enemy’s Propaganda.”

    If we’re not pre-emptive, we will be attacked over and over by terrorists. We can either fight the war on their ground, or on ours. I’d rather fight it over there.

  11. “Fight them over there…so we don’t have to fight them over here.”

    That’s what Osama Bin-Laden sez about their fight against us in Iraq, while he and his organization is safely over in Pakistan. We have played right into their hands…invading a Middle Eastern country for no good reason, then occupying it against it’s own peoples will…looks like Imperialism to me and to the rest of the world.

  12. You say we’re “occupying (Iraq) against its own people’s will” but the New York Times reported today that “The Iraqi defense minister said the country would not be able to assume full responsibility for internal security until 2012 and be unable to defend its borders until at least 2018.”

    That doesn’t sound like they’re all that anxious to get rid of us…

  13. Polls in Iraq have consistently showed for years now that Iraqis want us to leave their country (we *did* give them sovernty a while back, remember?) so they can sort out their own problems. They’ve been in the middle of a civil war (that we can NEVER solve) now for quite some time.

    What the Bush Regime puppets in Iraq’s leadership say doesn’t make a dime’s worth of difference. The Iraqis have had plenty of time now to get a security force of their own together and start doing the heavy lifting. You’re deluding yourself…get on a plane, go to Iraq, and walk around with a big sign on yourself that says “I’m an American” and see what happens. 3923+ Americans have already been killed doing basically just that.

    How many more need to die for this failed policy?? Why do we need to be Iraq’s “daddy” until 2018+? The first thing that we should have done after we went in there (besides never going in the first place) was secure the borders, and we never did that…even until now.

  14. MGS, about the only thing I agree with is the borders issue. Build fences now, build them high.

  15. I don’t have much of a problem with building a border fence along our southern border with Mexico. I don’t think it’s gonna work (fences throughout history rarely do…The Great Wall of China, the Berlin Wall, etc.), but if it’s part of a compromise with “conservatives” to get something done on immigration…then so be it. People will just sneak around, under, or over the fence…thru Canada or our vast, undefended coastline IMO.

  16. “We have played right into their hands…”

    You’re so silly. We have kicked their asses because we ran out of cheeks to offer up for slapping. And we will continue to kick their asses even if the Democrats win more seats and the white house this year. It’s politically impossible to run away from this fight. You’ll see. It’ll make you sad and mad, but you’ll get over it. You always do.

  17. I feel you pain, dude. :) A majority of people believe in a quick end to this war and have already voted for that in 2006. When a Dem gets into the White House (because it’s clear all the major GOP candidates want to continue the status quo in Iraq) in 2009, a lot of the troops are coming home. Bush has basically broken the Army and Marines as it is now. They will have to start pulling troops out of Iraq by the middle of this year due to troop rotations. There’s no other choice.

  18. Don’t call me Wiggles! :)

  19. “There’s no other choice.”

    Oh, you silly. There are many other choices. One of your problems is that you need to reduce and simplify complex political issues. Your desire for revenge and vindication is ludicrous and infantile. Let it go. It has nothing to do with you. When democrats win, you don’t win. When democrats lose, you don’t lose. You’re just a little spectator with delusions of grandeur. You don’t understand how this government (or any government) really works. They aren’t going to run away from Iraq just because you think they should. They’re not going to be intimidated by polling data. The democrats won’t de-fund the war because they can’t. For many reasons.

  20. Watch and learn my friend. This “surge” nonesense (which has yieled NO significant political progress on the ground in Iraq BTW) was a setup all along. Increase troops levels to what they were several years ago, try and say that violence is down in Iraq, then decrease them again to right where they were before the “surge” after the troop rotations force them to while saying that their strategy is “working” but they are responding to what the American people want by “reducing” troop levels. This is a shell game which Bush has successfully played so that this issue will be someone else’s problem after he leaves office. Watch and learn what happens this summer my friend when your boy Petraeus has his say.

    The Dems in Congress can’t end the war right now because they simply don’t have enough votes (especially in the Senate) to override Bush’s veto. The GOP are the ones that are unnecessarily prolonging this war, and they will be paying for it again this fall.

  21. […] the 1993 car bombing of the WTC and 9/11, there was no significant Islamofascist terrorist attack on US soil. If Bush deserves credit for the absence of attacks during the last 7 years, doesn’t Clinton […]

  22. Well, it’s Sept. 11 2008 and I found this article today. Some of the people posting here didn’t even seem to read the article, Bainbridge on Bacevich Said: ‘between the 1993 car bombing of the WTC and 9/11, there was no significant Islamofascist terrorist attack on US soil…’ our Embassies and military complexes are U.S. soil! Kenya/Tanzania ring a bell?

  23. Welcome to Daddyland, Jeff. I hope you’ll be a regular visitor.

  24. “our Embassies and military complexes are U.S. soil! Kenya/Tanzania ring a bell?”

    This is exactly the kind of shell game that the Right loves to play these days. GWB is to be praised on high for the fact that there were no terrorist (“Islamofascist” is a completely made-up word BTW) attacks on the USA after 2001. Then, when speaking of the Clinton Administration (when there were no terrorist attacks here in the USA after 1993)…he is to be critcized for terrorist attacks that occurred abroad. Anyone heard of Iraq & Afghanistan (among the many, many other places abroad where there have been terrorist attacks against Americans since GWB took office)??

  25. […] Where is Greenwald’s concern about atrocities in the name of Allah? […]

  26. […] that took 52 Americans hostage at the U.S. embassy in Tehran in 1979. This blog entry lists a Chronology of Islamic Terrorist Attacks Against the U.S. between 1979 and 2001. A great many of these were perpetrated by Hezbollah, which is funded by […]

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