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List of terrorist attacks against America
Daniel Pipes (www.danielpipes.org) has published an article in the New York Post that gives an overview of terrorist attacks against America since 1979.
America's war on terrorism did not begin in September 2001. It began in November 1979.
I copy the full article below which includes a comprehensible list of terrorist attacks against the United States of America.
Death to America
America's war on terrorism did not begin in September 2001. It began in November 1979.
That was shortly after Ayatollah Khomeini had seized power in Iran, riding the slogan "Death to America" - and sure enough, the attacks on Americans soon began. In November 1979, a militant Islamic mob took over the U.S. embassy in Tehran, the Iranian capital, and held 52 Americans hostage for the next 444 days.
The rescue team sent to free those hostages in April 1980 suffered eight fatalities, making them the first of militant Islam's many American casualties. Others included:
April 1983: 17 dead at the U.S. embassy in Beirut.
October 1983: 241 dead at the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut.
December 1983: five dead at the U.S. embassy in Kuwait.
January 1984: the president of the American University of Beirut killed.
April 1984: 18 dead near a U.S. airbase in Spain.
September 1984: 16 dead at the U.S. embassy in Beirut (again).
December 1984: Two dead on a plane hijacked to Tehran.
June 1985: One dead on a plane hijacked to Beirut.
After a let-up, the attacks then restarted: Five and 19 dead in Saudi Arabia in 1995 and 1996, 224 dead at the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in August 1998 and 17 dead on the USS Cole in Yemen in October 2000.
Simultaneously, the murderous assault of militant Islam also took place on U.S. soil:
July 1980: an Iranian dissident killed in the Washington, D.C. area.
August 1983: a leader of the Ahmadiyya sect of Islam killed in Canton, Mich.
August 1984: three Indians killed in a suburb of Tacoma, Wash.
September 1986: a doctor killed in Augusta, Ga.
January 1990: an Egyptian freethinker killed in Tucson, Ariz.
November 1990: a Jewish leader killed in New York.
February 1991: an Egyptian Islamist killed in New York.
January 1993: two CIA staff killed outside agency headquarters in Langley, Va.
February 1993: Six people killed at the World Trade Center.
March 1994: an Orthodox Jewish boy killed on the Brooklyn Bridge.
February 1997: a Danish tourist killed on the Empire State building.
October 1999: 217 passengers killed on an EgyptAir flight near New York City.
In all, 800 persons lost their lives in the course of attacks by militant Islam on Americans before September 2001 - more than killed by any other enemy since the Vietnam War. (Further, this listing does not include the dozens more Americans in Israel killed by militant Islamic terrorists.)
And yet, these murders hardly registered. Only with the events of a year ago did Americans finally realize that "Death to America" truly is the battle cry of this era's most dangerous foe, militant Islam.
In retrospect, the mistake began when Iranians assaulted the U.S. embassy in Tehran and met with no resistance.
Interestingly, a Marine sergeant present at the embassy that fateful day in November 1979 agrees with this assessment. As the militant Islamic mob invaded the embassy, Rodney V. Sickmann followed orders and protected neither himself nor the embassy. As a result, he was taken hostage and lived to tell the tale. (He now works for Anheuser-Busch.)
In retrospect, he believes that passivity was a mistake. The Marines should have done their assigned duty, even if it cost their lives. "Had we opened fire on them, maybe we would only have lasted an hour." But had they done that, they "could have changed history."
Standing their ground would have sent a powerful signal that the United States of America cannot be attacked with impunity. In contrast, the embassy's surrender sent the opposite signal - that it's open season on Americans. "If you look back, it started in 1979; it's just escalated," Sickmann correctly concludes.
To which one of the century's great geostrategist thinkers, Robert Strausz-Hupé, adds his assent. Just before passing away earlier this year at the age of 98, Strausz-Hupé wrote his final words, and they were about the war on terrorism: "I have lived long enough to see good repeatedly win over evil, although at a much higher cost than need have been paid. This time we have already paid the price of victory. It remains for us to win it."
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What about July 17 1996, TWA 800?
Posted by: Levin Magruder at March 30, 2003 02:18 PM
The official cause of TWA 800 was a faulty design in the fuel tanks that allowed a spark from wires to ignite the fuel.
There are some who believe that shoulder carried rockets were or could have been used, because the plane was technically in range, and some eyewitness accounts, but the NTSB has a reputation and history of being incredibly thorough, and there just wasn't evidence of a rocket impact and detonation. So I tend to trust the official cause as determined by the NTSB.
Posted by: Financial Book Reviews at October 30, 2004 10:12 AM
has anyone took a count of how many terror attacks happen on usa under the watch of dems
and how many under the watch of replubs /....
Posted by: leo at September 14, 2006 02:44 PM
Concerning TWA 800, if a person honestly beleves it was the center fuel tank that exploded after an electrical short, then they dont know much about electrical systems on aircraft or mechanical engineering or NTSB rules when a defect on an aircraft is found.
IF there was a short that caused the center fuel tank to explode, 747's around the globe would have been GROUNDED immediately to repair the faulty switch.
Same goes with that airliner in New York that had the tail snap off. If an Airbus was found to have bad laminations or bad curing in the tail composite mixing to cause stress fractures that would cause the tail to snap off after exertion, then why did the Airbus A320 NOT get grounded?
Both of these cases, all 'officially' blamed on mechanical causes brought not one instance of aircraft being grounded for inspection after the incidents.
Both so-called causes of these accidents were significant, and dwnright damning of the aircraft design if true.
But they weren't true.
Both were terrorist attacks.
Posted by: JimB at June 13, 2007 06:50 PM
In reguards to TWA 800 Not that anyone will read this now but studying aircraft structure and being an auto mechanic I have learned a few things. As mentioned befor the NTSB would have grounded EVERY 747.Jets use fuel cells or bladders that collaspe when empty they are made of rubber.All electric wiring is sealed air and water tight.I believe the747 was flying for at least 25 years and this is the first one.This happened under the Clinton watch,remember!Cars have been using the same type of internal submersed fuel pump for over 30 years gasoline vapor is inflamable.So how many cars burst into flames as a result of this.They say it was static eletricity you need a dry enviroment for static to be created.I have some beach front land for sail here in Utah any takers
Posted by: Peter A at December 6, 2007 12:02 PM
It's my personal belief these many attrocities by Islamic Terrorist should be hammered by media and press till it is so instilled Americans know how many have taken place when, where, how, why, America has become the target of terrorist. Sadly to many Americans forget past attrocities and are to mypotic. That's why they need reminded of all attacks constantly since 1979. Also, that it has happened under both political parties. There should be a focus on one group and one group only militant Islam. Instead what do we do? Harass all Americans.
Posted by: Bill Buchanan at May 30, 2009 07:06 PM
I have a good friend who flew as a pilot in Vietnam and then flew commercial jets until retirement five years ago. The last 15 years he flew 747's to Asia and back and then was an instructor on the 747.
When I asked him about TWA flight 800 and whether the NTSB was right, he laughed, rolled his eyes, and said to me "anyone that has flown 747's knows that was a total fabrication, a lie. Jets don't blow up because of static electricity. They just don't." He said any other 747 pilot would corroborate that. He also said pilot and airline companies weren't complaining about the official report because they depend on money from airline passengers, and if people knew how easy it was for a commercial jet to be brought down with a stinger missile any day of the week at any airport in America, business would suffer.
Posted by: Steve Blum at September 24, 2009 09:06 AM
Alot of these are minor accounts, I wanted major attacks that devestated America
Posted by: Jimmle at May 18, 2010 01:32 PM
Not to turn this into a TWA thread, but.... The FBI illegally took over that investigation. The NTSB was shut out. First they said fuel leak, then when traces of explosives were found in multiple areas, they blamed a K9 officer who conducted training onboard the aircraft much, much earlier.
Posted by: me at September 10, 2010 08:35 PM
@Jimmle, really? Each attack with no response devastates America. Let's also not forget Arrow flight 1285 in 1985. 256, mostly 101st Airborne, were murdered when the flight burned and crashed in Gander, Newfoundland. The flight was refueled in Gander but originated in Cairo Egypt, then flew to Cologne. The Canadian 9 member casb board disagreed and 4 members actually wrote a dissenting view of the report, pointing to fire and unknown explosions. Look it up, and add it to your list.
Posted by: bart at October 12, 2010 08:54 AM
"It's my personal belief these many attrocities by Islamic Terrorist should be hammered by media and press till it is so instilled Americans know how many have taken place when, where, how, why, America has become the target of terrorist."
Yes, You are absolutely on Point!
"IT IS NOT ENOUGH TO BEHEAD THE SNAKE (islam). WE MUST ALWAYS AND FOREVER BE ON CONSTANT VIGIL"
Posted by: Loyal Infidel at October 17, 2010 09:36 AM
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