15 February 2008

The Only Good Terrorist is...

A dead one. This news came out several days ago, but in case you didn't hear it already Imad Mughniyah is dead. Who is Imad Mughniyah?

For many, Mughniyah was a reviled figure, wanted by both Israel and the United States for his alleged role in numerous attacks on American and Israeli targets—including the truck-bombing of the U.S. Marine Corps barracks in Beirut in 1983 and the attack on the Israeli embassy in Argentina in 1992. (Formally, the FBI most-wanted him for his role in the 1985 hijacking of an American airliner to Beirut and the murder of a U.S. Navy diver on board.) For researchers such as myself, Mughniyah was of great interest because he represented a constant figure in Hezbollah throughout its evolution from an Iranian-backed Lebanese militia in the 1980s to a nationalist insurgent group in the 1990s and finally to its current incarnation as the most powerful political party in Lebanon—both in terms of weapons and popular support.

Good riddance. Before 9/11 no terrorist had killed more Americans than Mughniyah.

3 comments:

Lillie said...

The world feels a little safer. Thanks for sharing the news Joseph.

Maret said...

Lowdogg, it's time for a Castro post!!!

Lowdogg said...

Thanks for asking. I was working on this in the AM but got sidetracked.