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BOSSHOG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 11:15 AM
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23 October - A sad day in American Military History
on this day in 1983, a suicide truck bombing in Beirut, Lebanon killed 241 U. S. Marines and Sailors and a near simultaneous attack on French Forces killed 58 paratroopers.
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trotsky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 11:16 AM
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1. Oh yeah, and our glorious leader at the time responded by...
"cutting and running" from Lebanon, and then invading Grenada.
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HereSince1628 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 11:22 AM
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3. And for the same reason...to re-establish out "street-cred"
Once punked a bully needs an easy target to re-establish fear among those he dominates.
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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 11:18 AM
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NewYorkerfromMass Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 11:38 AM
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4. 1st large scale suicide attack
I believe this was the 1st high profile suicide attack on an American target by a jihadist, 18 years before 9/11.
But who could have imagined they would have used planes as weapons?
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razors edge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 11:51 AM
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5. 39 days latter with proof of Iranian involvement
in the bombing from the NSA, Rayguns started trading weapons for hostages to them.
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