An anniversary of murder
It was 23-years ago today that Islamic terrorists made their most successful assault on the U.S. military. On October 23, 1983 a suicide bomber drove a truck into the barracks of the United States Marine Corps in Beirut, Lebanon, and set off a huge bomb. More than 300 Marines, sailors and French soldiers died. The bomber was a member of, and supported by, Hezbollah – the same terrorist organization that fired hundreds of rockets into the villages and towns of Israel in the early summer this year.
Most of the Marines and sailors who died were stationed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. They are honored and remembered with a memorial aboard the base.
The American and French and Italian troops were in Beirut as part of a peacekeeping mission. The response to the murders was to run away – and in case you don’t remember who was president then, it was Ronald Reagan. So turning tail and running in the Middle East is not solely a liberal Democrat problem. And if you think running is the answer, I’d love to know how you think leaving Beirut helped world peace.