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Islamic attacks against the US since 1979 cost roughly 3,500 American lives

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By Ed Marek, editor

December 3, 2005

Islamic enemies of the US declared war against us long ago. Since 1979, these enemies have killed roughly 3,500 Americans in steadily worsening attacks that now include attacks against the homeland.

We have yet to declare war. We have yet to mobilize our national resources to hunt down and kill these enemies and destroy their means to wage war against us. We have yet to rally as a nation against the enemies that have been steadily killing our citizens and destroying our property. There is no “Rosy the Riveter,” no national call to avenge the deaths of these Americans, no draft, no war bonds, no posters telling people to beware of carBeiruteless talk, reminding them that "loose lips kill Americans," no urgings to give the enemy both barrels, no focus on the big job we have to do at the home front, no acknowledgment that this war makes demands on every man, woman and child in the US, no realization that the dictatorship of our enemies means slavery for us and the people over whom they lord, and no understanding that the lives of our forces in combat are in our hands, that we have to give them everything they need to fight, win, and come home in one piece God willing.


The day we found that our military vehicles were not armored well enough against IEDs, there was no call to ramp up our national production to produce IED-proof vehicles and get them over there on the hurry. There has been no "Battle of Kansas” (see summary at article’s end). We’re not destroying the enemy’s will to fight. We’re not striking at our enemies where it will hurt them the most. We're not destroying the depots and factories around the world supplying our enemies, we're not mining their harbors, we're not aiming to take down their leadership. Worst of all, there’s no national pride bragging, “We can do it, we will do it.” Instead, there's whining, gee-ain't life awful, and a lot of people making light of the war itself, as though it were a fantasy. There are at least 3,500 American families who see nothing funny about the losses they have endured to our enemies since 1979.

And, it's hard to find military generals who can light the fire of victory under each of us. Bring back the traditions left by cigar smokin' "Iron Ass" Lemay, "Vinegar Joe" Stillwell, "Stonewall" Jackson, "Black Jack" Pershing, "General of the Night" Lawton, "Ol' Blood n' Guts" Patton, "Napolean of Luzon" MacArthur, and Walton H. "Johnnie" Walker, so nicknamed for the scotch he loved, and shown in this photo which appeared on the cover of Time magazine.

"Ol' Blood n' Guts Patton" was far more than a great movie; he was a great general. We need men like him standing before us telling what he told 'em in WWII:

  • "America loves a winner, and will not tolerate a loser, this is why America has never, and will never, lose a war.”
  • “I am a soldier, I fight where I am told, and I win where I fight.”
  • "May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won't.”
  • “You’re never beaten until you admit it.”
  • "Attack rapidly, ruthlessly, viciously, without rest, however tired and hungry you may be, the enemy will be more tired, more hungry. Keep punching."

President Roosevelt Signing the Declaration of War Against Japan, December 8, 1941. Photo credit: Office of War Information. Presented by Wikipedia.

On December 8, 1941, just one day after the air attack against Pearl Harbor that left about 2,500 Americans dead, the House passed a Declaration of War against Japan, 388-1, and the Senate passed it 82-0. President Roosevelt signed it that day.

USS Arizona going down, December 7, 1941, following the Japanese air attack on Pearl Harbor, USA

We'd like to note this before moving on. Our rough count from is that 29 Japanese ships were involved in the attack on Pearl Harbor. Twenty-two of these ships were ultimately sunk by Allied attacks, another six had to be scuttled following Allied attacks, and the remaining one was disabled. That's 29 for 29, and that's the way we used to do business. That's why we became the world's leader, that's why Americans led the wars against Japan and the Germans, and against the former Soviet Union --- 29 for 29.

There has only been one other air attack against the United States in our entire history. That second air raid occurred on September 11, 2001, this time against the continental United States, leaving about 3,000 dead, almost all of whom were Americans. Don't get lost in the fact that the aircraft employed were American commercial jets. They were hijacked by Islamic enemy forces, they were piloted by Islamic enemy forces, and our Islamic enemies employed these aircraft as flying kamikaze bombs and missiles. This was a premeditated, calculated, and, as FDR would say, "unprovoked and dastardly attack" by enemies of the United States against the country and its people. It was no less an attack than was Pearl Harbor.

We need to stop for a moment and talk about the Japanese kamikazes and think about them in terms of the contemporary Islamic kamikaze.

This is the USS St. Lo (CVE 63) escort carrier on October 25, 1944, following a direct hit by a Japanese kamikaze aircraft armed with two bombs, one under each wing. The skipper, Capt. F.J. McKenna, described the hit this way: "Within one to one and one-half minutes (of the kamikaze strike) an explosion occurred on the hanger deck, which puffed smoke and flame through the hole in the deck and, I believe, bulged the flight deck near and aft of the hole. This was followed in a matter of seconds by a much more violent explosion, which rolled back a part of the flight deck bursting through aft of the original hole." The St. Lo sunk about 30 minutes later. One hundred twenty six sailors were killed, but miraculously 800 were rescued. Presented by "The Battle off Samar."

Suicide was an important component of Japanese culture. The kamikaze mission, and really the mission of the Empire of Japan against the US, had a spiritual tone. The Japanese had no trouble recruiting kamikazes. They had more volunteers than they had airplanes. Their average age was 20, many were university students, and they were patriotic, wanting to bring honor to their families and prove themselves. Great glamour was bestowed on them. Developing defenses against them was hard. Before war's end, some 2,800 of them sunk 34 Navy ships, damaged 368 others, killed about 4,900 sailors, and wounded over 4,800. Fourteen percent of those who launched made it to their targets, and nearly 8.5 percent of those ships struck by them were sunk. The only way we stopped the kamikaze was to bomb Japan to its knees, and even then, the Japanese generals did not want to give in, asserting they had tens of thousands civilians at home who would sacrifice themselves in suicide attacks against an Allied invasion force.

Back at the time of Pearl Harbor, FDR told the joint session of Congress this:

"The people of the United States have already formed their opinions and well understand the implications to the very life and safety of our Nation."

These most certainly are different times. The polls say a majority of Americans do not favor the war in Iraq, congressional representatives are admitting defeat by asserting we cannot win. Many in official Washington and elsewhere throughout the land are itching to abandon ship, cut and run, desert the Iraqi people, break our moral contract with those people, and voice that our forces killed and wounded in combat to did so in vain.

Americans have failed to understand the implications of the loss of 3,500 Americans to Islamic enemy attacks over a 25 year period, some 3,000 of whom were killed in four coordinated air raids on the continental United States within the span of an hour or two on one day, ala Pearl Harbor. There's no difference. The Empire of Japan was behind the Pearl Harbor attack, and there have been countries behind the 9-11 attack and all the others that have occurred since 1979. While many argue that we do not have proof that the Iraqi government was involved, "Blood n' Guts" Patton would probably respond the way he did decades ago:

"A good plan, violently executed now is better than a perfect plan next week ... In case of doubt, attack."

Or, said differently, "I am not impressed with your wait 'till all the facts are available approach."

Our tawdry Congress has failed to martial itself to declare war against our Islamic enemies, our hesitant president has failed to present the Congress with such a declaration, and most Americans and most of our politicians have failed to understand that our country is in grave danger. They have failed to understand, "Hostilities exist."

Our treasonous and treacherous media have found the war to be a source of entertainment, a means by which to create conflict within the American public instead of unity, a way to make stars out of numbskulls, and a way to aid an abet the enemy in order to make the president they hate look bad, all of which has caused more deaths among our forces. The media thinks, the worse it gets, the better their ratings.

Perhaps most Americans don’t realize the toll of dead we have endured since 1979 as the result of attacks against the United States by our Islamic enemies. Well, here’s a brief reminder of the more significant events.

Iran Embassy Hostages, 1979


US Embassy Tehran people being walked out of the embassy as prisoners, November 4, 1979. Photo presented by The Memory Hole.

On November 4, 1979, Islamic Iranian enemies stormed US Embassy Tehran and took about 66 Americans hostage. Thirteen were released on November 19-20, 1979; one on July 11, 1980; the remaining 52 on January 20, 1981. An attack on a US embassy is an attack against American soil and property, in effect, an attack on the United States itself. Operation "Eagle Claw" was launched on April 24-25, 1980.

Debris of the EC-130E BuNo 62-1809 Lockheed Hercules c/n 3770 at Desert One, Iran. Photo presented by

Eight RH-53 Sea Stallion helicopters launched from the carrier USS Nimitz. Six made it to their rendezvous point at "Desert One" in Iran, one was forced to land in the desert short of target and was abandoned, a second was forced to return to the Nimitz. Six USAF C-130 aircraft made it to their rendezvous point at "Desert One." While one RH-53 was repositioning on the ground at Desert One, it struck a C-130, setting both aircraft ablaze. The mission was aborted. Three Marines and five Air Force crew were killed. No further attacks against Iran were ordered.

Beirut, Lebanon, Embassy, 1983


This is a photo of the US Embassy Beirut three days after the attack. Photo credit: Claude Salhani, USMC in Lebanon 1982-1984. History and Museums Division, HQ USMC, Washington, DC, presented by The Beirut Memorial

On April 18, 1983, the Islamic Hezbollah enemy employed a suicide bomber to truck-bomb US Embassy Beirut. Sixty-three people were killed, of whom 17 were American; 120 injured. Islamic Hezbollah was receiving aid from our enemies, Syria and Iran. The US did not retaliate militarily.

Beirut, Lebanon, Marine Barracks, 1983

The explosion of the Marine Corps barracks in Beirut, Lebanon, created a large cloud of smoke that was visible from miles away. Photo credit: Official USMC Photo

US Marines removing a dead comrade from the bombed out barracks in Beirut. The compound was completely destroyed. Photo presented by Lebanese Forces.

On October 23, 1983, an enemy Islamic suicide bomber truck-bombed the US Marine Corps Barracks at the Beirut International Airport. Two hundred twenty Marines and 21 members of other US military services were killed. This was the bloodiest day for the US Marines Corps since the amphibious assault on Iwo Jima in WWII. The Marines were there at the request of the Government of Beirut to serve as a peacekeeping force between warring Moslem and Christian factions. The US said it did not have "actual knowledge of who did the bombing," but suspected the Islamic Hezbollah enemy supported by Islamic enemy Iran and Islamic enemy Syria. A military plan was assembled to attack the Sheik Abdullah barracks in Baalbek, Lebanon, where enemy Islamic Iranian Revolutionary Guards were training Islamic Hezbollah enemies, but the attack was not launched. Instead, the US withdrew its Marines four months later, the brutal attack not avenged.

Kuwait, US Embassy, 1983

US Embassy, Kuwait, following a bombing attack on December 3, 1983. Presented by BBC.

On December 12, 1983, a 25 year old Islamic Iraqi enemy soldier belonging to the enemy Islamic Iranian Dawa Group truck-bombed US Embassy Kuwait, seriously damaging the chancery and destroying the administrative annex, killing five (no Americans), injuring 80. There was no American retaliation. Seventeen were arrested and convicted in Kuwait, one of whom was sentenced to death. These enemy came to be known as the "Al Dawa 17." Iraq enemy forces released them all during their 1990 invasion of Kuwait.

Beirut, Lebanon, abduction and murder of US CIA Station Chief William Buckley, 1984

Lieutenant Colonel William F. Buckley, USA, presented by Arlington National Cemetery

On March 16, 1984, Islamic Shiite enemies abducted US Embassy Beirut CIA Station Chief Lt. Col. William Buckley, USA, the CIA's top terrorism expert. In October 1985, the CIA assessed that Buckley had been taken to Islamic Iran by way of Islamic Syria and tortured to death. The CIA acknowledged his death in August 1987. His body was returned to the United States on December 28, 1991. His skull and some bones were found wrapped in a blanket on a roadside near Beirut Airport. There was no American retaliation against any of these enemies of the US.

Kuwait, US Embassy Annex, 1984

On September 20, 1984, Islamic Shiite enemies of the US car-bombed the US Embassy annex in east Beirut, killing 14 and injuring 57, including the US and British ambassadors and 19 other Americans. There was no American retaliation.

Lockerbie, Scotland, Pan-Am Flight 103 to New York, 1988


On December 21, 1988, Pan Am Flight 103 exploded over Scotland, killing all 259 aboard and 11 on the ground. Of the 270 passengers, 189 were Americans. Their bodies were scattered over an area of 845 square miles. A bomb aboard the aircraft was the cause. A Scottish Court sitting in the Netherlands convicted a Libyan intelligence officer of organizing the bombing and sentenced him to life in prison. He has appealed the verdict and the appeal is expected to be heard in 2006. There is no question but that the Government of Libya was involved, yet another enemy of the US.

First New York World Trade Center attack, 1993

The significance of this attack is enormous. This is the first major Islamic enemy attack on the continental United States and its citizens.


New York firefighters rescuing a lady injured in the bomb attack against the World Trade Center of 1993. Photo presented by Musarium Photo.

On February 26, 1993, a massive explosion occurred in the public parking garage of the World Trade Center in New York City. Six people were killed, all Americans, with more than 1,000 injured. A truck-bomb was the cause. Six Islamic enemy conspirators were convicted of the crime in 1997 and 1998 and given prison sentences of 240 years each. According to a presiding judge, the conspirators' chief aim at the time of the attack was to de-stabilize the north tower and send it crashing into the south tower, toppling both buildings. That did not occur. The buildings held. The assessment has been that the attackers did not have enough money to buy enough explosives to topple the building.

Day of Terror Plot, 1993


This 2000 photo shows the Manhattan portal of the Holland Tunnel (I-78). Photo credit: Steve Anderson, presented by NYC Roads

This 2000 photo shows the Manhattan portal of the Lincoln Tunnel and the east ventilation tower. Photo credit: Jim K. Georges, presented by NYC Roads

This photo shows the George Washington bridge across the Hudson river at the north end of Manhattan island. Photo credit: Brantacan

An Islamic enemy cell operating in New York City planned to blow up simultaneously the Holland and Lincoln Tunnels, the George Washington Bridge, the UN, and the New York FBI office in lower Manhattan, all in New York City. An FBI informant inside the enemy cell monitored the plot, enabled its prevention, and enabled successful prosecutions of 12, including Islamic enemy Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman. The enemy plot was thwarted.

Kuwait, Attempted assassination of President Bush, 1993

On April 14, 1993 the enemy Islamic Iraqi intelligence service attempted to assassinate former US President George Bush during a visit to Kuwait. The Kuwaiti authorities arrested 17 persons suspected in the plot to kill Bush using explosives hidden in a Toyota Landcruiser. The Kuwaitis recovered the Landcruiser, which contained between 80 and 90 kilograms of plastic explosives connected to a detonator. The Kuwaitis also recovered ten cube-shaped plastic explosive devices with detonators from the Landcruiser. Some of the suspects reportedly confessed that the enemy Iraqi Intelligence Service (IIS ) was behind the assassination attempt. The Department of Justice and CIA reported that it was highly likely that the enemy Iraqi Government originated the plot and more than likely that Bush was the target. In retaliation, the US launched a cruise missile attack two months later on Baghdad, Iraq. This attack was of little consequence.

Manila Air Bomb Plot, the "Bojinka Plot," 1994

In Late 1994, enemy Islamic forces operating in the Philippines were building bombs they planned to place and remotely detonate on twelve US carrier jumbo jets in a single 48-hour period as they flew from the Far East to the US. A fire in the building housing the bomb building activity thwarted the plot. Three enemy forces were arrested in three foreign countries, brought to New York for trial, and are now serving life imprisonments without the possibility of parole. Had the plot succeeded, it is estimated about 4,000 people would have died, and worldwide air travel would have been disrupted for months, having a major impact on the global economy.

Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, Khobar Towers Military complex, 1996

U.S. and Saudi military personnel survey the damage to Khobar Towers caused by the explosion of a fuel truck outside the northern fence of the facility on King Abdul Aziz Air Base near Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, June 25, 1996. DoD photo.

On June 25, 1996, enemy Islamic forces truck-bombed part of the Khobar Towers housing complex at the King Abdul Aziz Air Base in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. The explosion occurred near building #131, an eight-story building used mostly by US Air Force personnel. Nineteen US servicemen and one Saudi were killed, with 372 injured. On June 21, 2001 the US District Court in Alexandria, Virginia issued a 46-count indictment charging 14 people, all members of the enemy Islamic militia Hezbollah that includes charges of murder, attempted murder, conspiracy to kill U.S. nationals, conspiracy to kill U.S. employees and use of weapons of mass destruction against U.S. nationals. The indictment alleges that the suspects were directed by Iranian government officials. The 9/11 Commission noted the possibility that Osama bin Laden helped the group.

Nairobi, Kenya, U.S. Embassy, 1998


An aerial of the bombed U.S. Embassy in Nairobi. Presented by Wikipedia.

On August 7, 1998, the US Embassy Nairobi was truck-bombed. Two hundred thirteen people were killed, more than 4,000 injured. Of the 213 who died, 12 were Americans, 32 were Kenyan Foreign Service workers and the remainder were mostly Africans, mostly Kenyan passers-by. A host of islamic enemies have been sought, including Osama bin Laden. On May 29, 2001, four Islamic enemy followers of bin Laden were convicted in Federal District Court in New York of conspiring to kill Americans. All four were sentenced to life in prison without parole. We understand two more were convicted but have not been able to find the details. In addition, US Attorney for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) indicted bin Laden for this bombing along with 22 codefendants.

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, U.S. Embassy, 1998


Damage caused by the bomb blast at the U.S. embassy in Tanzania . US Government photo, presented by CNN

On August 7, 1998, the US Embassy Dar es Salaam was truck-bombed, within five minutes of the Nairobi bombing mentioned above. Eleven died, all Tanzanian, and 85 were injured, which did include some Americans. A host of Islamic enemies have been sought, including Osama bin Laden. On May 29, 2001, four Islamic enemy followers of bin Laden were convicted in Federal District Court in New York of conspiring to kill Americans. All four were sentenced to life in prison without parole. We understand two more were convicted but have not been able to find the details. In addition, US Attorney for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) indicted bin Laden for this bombing along with 22 codefendants

Los Angeles International Airport, California, 1999

Los Angeles International Airport, presented by Los Angeles World Airports.

On December 14, 1999, an Islamic enemy Algerian soldier was arrested while crossing from Canada into Washington State with 130 pounds of explosive chemicals and four homemade timing devices. His plan was to detonate a bomb at Los Angeles International Airport on the evening of December 31, 1999. He intended to load the bomb into a suitcase and carry it aboard a train to the airport. He was convicted on April 7, 2001 of conspiracy to commit terrorism, document fraud and possession of deadly explosives. He was sentenced to 22 years in prison, a reduced sentence because of his providing information against other terror suspects.

Aden, Yemen, USS The Sullivans, 2000


The guided missile destroyer USS The Sullivans (DDG 68) patrols the Gulf of Oman on December 13, 2004. Photo credit: Journalist 2nd Class Sarah Bibbs, U.S. Navy Photo, presented by NavSource

On January 3, 2000 enemy Islamic suicide bombers attempted an attack against the USS
The Sullivans in port at Aden, Yemen. The attempt failed because the explosives to be employed were too heavy for the suicide boat and the boat sank long before striking The Sullivans. Apparently the bomb-boat sunk with no notice to anyone except the bombers.

Aden, Yemen, USS Cole, 2000


On October 12, 2000, an explosion occurred on the port side of the destroyer USS Cole (DDG-67) while moored in the harbor of Aden, Yemen. The ship suffered a 40 by 40 foot gash in its port side. Seventeen sailors were killed and 39 were injured. Five Yemenis and one Saudi, all Islamic enemies of the US, were charged with organizing the attack and helping two suicide bombers carry out the attack employing a small boat ramming into the side of the Cole with the bombs aboard. The Saudi and one Yemeni were sentenced to death by a Yemeni court. The Saudi was tried and sentenced in absentia as he was being held by US authorities who refused him extradition to Yemen. The other four were sentenced from 5-10 years.

Air raids against the US, 2001

North and south towers burn, 20 minutes after impact. Photo credit: David Vogler, presented by The September 11 Digital Archive.

A "Walk In Hell" photo taken on 9/11/01 after 1:00 am inside ground zero with New York City Fire Fighters. Photo credit: G.N. Miller, New York Post, presented by The September 11 Digital Archive

Pentagon on fire after terrorist attack, September 11, 2001, taken at about noon from outside the photographers condominium. Photo credit: Fred Hoffman, presented by The September 11 Digital Archive.


"End of serenity." A plume of smoke rises from the crash site of United Air Flight 93 in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. Photo credit: Al Pacelli, presented by The September 11 Digital Archive.

Four Islamic enemy air raids were conducted against American targets in New York and Washington, DC, killing close to 3,000 people, destroying the World Trade Towers, and severely damaging the Pentagon. Almost all of those killed were Americans. The air raids were conducted employing hi-jacked US air carriers. One air raid did not reach its target in Washington, thwarted by the passengers. One Islamic man was charged with the attacks (most of his coconspirators died in the kamikaze-style attacks) and on April 22, 2005, he pleaded guilty to all charges against him. These charges included unlawfully, willfully and knowingly combined, conspired, confederated and agreed to kill and maim persons within the United States, and to create a substantial risk of serious bodily injury to other persons by destroying and damaging structures, conveyances, and other real and personal property within the United States, in violation of the laws of States and the United States, in circumstances involving conduct transcending national boundaries, and in which facilities of interstate and foreign commerce. He awaits sentencing.

It is worth noting that during much of this period, the United States government treated all this as criminal activity instead of wartime activity executed by Islamic enemies of the US, enemies who had declared war against the US.

Following the Japanese air attack on the United States in December 1941, President Roosevelt spoke to a joint session of the US Congress. He took only 10 minutes to ask a joint session of Congress to declare war against that "dastardly" enemy. Here's part of what he told them before he made that request:

"As Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense. Always will we remember the character of the onslaught against us. No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people, in their righteous might, will win through to absolute victory. I believe I interpret the will of the Congress and of the people when I assert that we will not only defend ourselves to the uttermost but will make very certain that this form of treachery shall never endanger us again. Hostilities exist. There is no blinking at the fact that our people, our territory, and our interests are in grave danger. With confidence in our armed forces with the unbounded determination of our people we will gain the inevitable triumph so help us God."

There is no difference between what Mr. Roosevelt said then and how we ought to feel today. Do not get yourself bogged down in the lexicon of the day, which includes words like suicide bombers, martyrs, and insurgents. This terminology clouds your focus. There are Islamic-based enemies who have declared war against the United States and its people. The American people need to return the greeting and destroy these enemies by all means available.

We would agree that our enemies are more difficult to identify today than was the Empire of Japan or Germany then. We also know full well that all Islamic people are not enemies of the US. That said, it is worth pointing out that the same could probably have been said about Japanese and German citiznes as WWII broke out. They bore responsibility, and they paid a dear price. It was the only way to defeat them. Islamic people the world over need to ponder whether they are willing to endure the same penalties, because that's where they're headed. Our Islamic enemies have to be put down, one way or the other. If A Christian neighbor of mine chopped off the head of someone he kidnapped, I'd turn the bastard in and go to his hanging in the public square with a six pack of beer. Moslems need to think the same way, or risk paying the price.

It is easy to identify enough enemies to assemble a target list that would keep our military forces busy for some time. Iran and Syria as states come immediately to mind; Hezbollah as an Islamic militia does so as well. Enough facts are avilable to warrant military action against them for starters. We don't need any more.

By the way, military action does not necessarily mean invasion. The spectrum of warfare is wide. Many, many quite nice options are available. We simply need to take the gloves off and go to work.