Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Iran Honors Man Who Helped Hijackers Pull Off 9/11 Attacks
While President Obama and his team talk about giving peace a chance and clear the way for Iran to obtain nuclear weapons, the Iranian regime sent another crystal clear message to America about how much they hate us and want to destroy us.
Yesterday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was in Beirut, Lebanon and took time out to visit the grave of Imad Mughniyeh, make some effusive and laudatory remarks and lay a wreath at his tomb.
Who was Imad Mughineyeh? Here's a partial recap, for those of you unfamiliar with him.
He was one of the founding members of Hezbollah, a member of Yasser Arafat's Force 17 elite terrorist squad and briefly of al-Qaeda. He was a jihad superstar. If terrorism had an all star team or a World Cup squad, he'd be a prominent member. Before he was assassinated in 2008, he had spent literally decades murdering Americans, Jews, Lebanese, and anyone else on the hit list of his masters in Tehran.
Mughniyeh was in charge of the planning and execution of the deadly 1983 bombing of the U.S. embassy and Marine barracks in Beirut, killing 241 Americans and 58 French nationals as well as another half a dozen Lebanese. Until 9/11, he held the record for murdering the most Americans in one attack. He also engineered the hijacking of TWA Flight 847 and the beating to death of Navy diver Robert Stethem, as well as the kidnapping and torture of Americans in Lebanon throughout the 1980s, including the CIA’s Beirut station chief Major William Buckley, who was eventually butchered after enduring 15 months of being tortured on film by Mughniyeh, with the videos being sent to the White House.
Mughniyeh was also indicted in Argentina for his role in the bombing of the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires in 1992 with a death toll of 29 and the bombing of the Jewish community center in the same city in 1994 that killed 85 people and injured hundreds.
Mughniyeh was the liaison man between Iran, Hezbollah and the PLO who organized the infamous Karine A arms ship, which involved an illegal cargo of Iranian heavy weapons, paid for by Yasser Arafat and being trafficked to the PLO via Hezbollah on an Iranian ship with a PLO crew. The Israelis intercepted it, and Arafat's lying about it to then-President George W. Bush even though documents on the ship clearly showed the PLO's involvement was the final straw in breaking relations between the two.
And those are just the high points of his career, omitting literally dozens of less publicized murders. And of course, there's Mughniyeh's involvement in 9/11.
The 9/11 Commission stated in its report that there was "strong evidence that Iran facilitated the transit of Al Qaeda members into and out of Afghanistan before 9/11, and that some of these were the future 9/11 hijackers."
The Commission recommended that this be investigated further, but neither the Bush Administration or the Obama Administration chose to do so for reasons unknown.
Several families of the victims of the 9/11 attack filed suit in Federal Court and in 2011, Federal Judge George Daniels in the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of New York ruled that Iran and its terrorist proxy Hezbollah, had joint responsibility with al-Qaeda for the 9/11 attacks.
On page 240 of the 9/11 Commission’s final report, it mentions that a “senior Hezbollah operative” accompanied some of the future 9/11 hijackers on their final airline flights into and out of Afghanistan, Iran, and Lebanon.
Thanks to the evidence that came out at the trial, including a great deal of recently declassified material and 25 hours of sworn testimony from three former Iranian intelligence officers, we now know beyond a shadow of a doubt that the “senior Hezbollah operative” was none other than Imad Mughniyeh, the man Iran honored yesterday. Not to mention the direct participation of top Iranian government officials like former Iranian defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi.
Mughniyeh was the perfect liaison man between al-Qaeda, Hezbollah and Iran, because he was one of the handful of people trusted implicitly by all three parties.And he had a track record.
As the evidence that came out in the trial showed, in addition to overseeing and financing Mughniyeh’s extensive involvement in recruiting, guiding, and training the hijackers, Iran provided vital material support to the hijackers by ordering its border and passport officials not to stamp their passports when they crossed Iranian territory. That meant they could enter the U.S. with clean passports, and no questions asked.
It's actually quite natural that Iran should honor the likes of Imad Mughniyeh, an important soldier in their de facto war against America and the West.
What's unnatural and disgustingly craven is how our president is reacting to it.And of course, the message this is sending to the Iranians.One can only imagine the contempt they must have for us.