This article was sent to me this morning from a friend. It read well has a honorable story and points well taken , my question is this; how many of these historical happenings actually caused by terroist or our own government? How many of you might know the answer to this question .
Something to think about.When WW III Started ?- 1979
This is not very long, but very informative. You simply have to read the catalog of events in this brief piece, then ask yourself how anyone can take the position that all we have to do is bring our troops home from Iraq (or Afghanistan), reset the snooze alarm, go back to sleep, and no one will ever bother us again. In case you missed it,World War III beganin November 1979...
US Navy Captain Ouimette is the Executive Officer at Naval Air Station, Pensacola , Florida. Here is a copy of the speech he gave last month. Unfortunately, it is an historically accurate account.
"AMERICA NEEDS TO HEAR THE ALARM BUZZING!
That's what we think we first heard on the 11th of September 2001, when more than 3,000 Americans were killed. Maybe it was, but I think it should have been the final 'Get Out of Bed!' warning...not the first. In fact, the alarm clock has been buzzing since 1979 and we had continued to hit the snooze button since then. We'd been foolish. Some of us still are!
It was a cool fall day in November 1979 in a country going through a religious and political upheaval when a group of Iranian students attacked and seized the American Embassy in Tehran. This seizure was an outright attack on American soil; it was an attack that held the world's most powerful country hostage and paralyzed a Presidency. The attack on this sovereign U. S. Embassy set the stage for events to follow for the next 25 years.
America was still reeling from the aftermath of the terrible Vietnam experience and still had a serious threat from the Soviet Union when President Carter had to do something. He chose to conduct a clandestine raid in the desert. The ill-fated mission ended in ruin and stood as a symbol of America's inability to deal with terrorism.
America's military had been decimated and down-sized since the end of the Vietnam War. A poorly equipped and poorly organized military group was called on to execute a complex mission that was doomed from the start. When a major dust storm blew up during the middle of it the helicopters choked and crashed in the desert. Disaster.
Shortly after the Tehran experience, Americans began to be kidnapped and killed throughout the Middle East. America could do little to protect her citizens living and working abroad. The attacks against US soil - though they are/were bits of America located overseas - continued. In April of 1983 a large vehicle packed with high explosives was driven into the US Embassy compound in Beirut. When it explodes, it kills 63 people. The alarm had gone off again and America hit the Snooze Button once more.
Then just six short months later, in 1983 a large truck heavily laden down with over 2500 pounds of TNT smashed through the main gate of the US Marine Corps headquarters in Beirut and 241 US servicemen are killed. America mourns her dead and hits the Snooze Button again.
Only two months later, in December 1983, another truck loaded with explosives is driven into the US Embassy in Kuwait, and America continues her slumber. The following year, in September 1984, another van was driven into the gate of the US Embassy in Beirut. The US sleeps.
Soon the terrorism spreads to Europe. In April 1985 a bomb explodes in a restaurant frequented by US soldiers in Madrid. In August of 1985 a Volkswagen loaded with explosives is driven into the main gate of the US Air Force Base at Rheine-Main, 22 are killed and the snooze alarm is buzzing louder and louder as US interests are continually attacked.
A mere fifty-nine days later, still in 1985, a cruise ship - the Achille Lauro - is hijacked and we watched on TV as an American in a wheelchair is singled out of the passenger list and executed. The terrorists then shift their tactics to bombing civilian airliners when they bomb TWA Flight 840 in April of 1986 killing 4. The most tragic bombing ever, Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988, killed 259. Most of those totally innocent victims were Americans.
The wake up alarm was getting louder and louder. Who noticed? Well, by this time Col. Ollie North was trying to sound the alarm....but not very successfully.
The terrorists decide to bring the fight to America. In January 1993, two CIA agents are shot and killed as they enter CIA headquarters in Langley,Virginia. The following month, February 1993, a group of terrorists are arrested after a rented van packed with explosives is driven into the underground parking garage of the World Trade Center in New York City. Six people are killed and over 1000 are injured. Still this is treated as a crime and not an act of war? The dang snooze alarm is depressed again. In November 1995 a car bomb explodes at a US military complex in Riyadh Saudi Arabia, killing seven service men and women. Yet, America slumbers on.
In June of 1996 another truck bomb explodes only 35 yards from the US military compound in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. It destroys the KhobarTowers, a US Air Force barracks, killing 19 and injuring over 500. The terrorists are getting braver and smarter as they see that America slumbers on and does not respond decisively.
They move to coordinate their attacks in simultaneous attacks on two US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. These attacks were planned with precision and kill 224. America finally responds with cruise missile attacks - and Osama Bin Laden is even in the sights of a CIA sharpshooter - but the Clinton decision is to call off that mission at the critical moment. Big mistake....for America. Even the world.
The USS Cole was docked in the port of Aden, Yemen for refueling on 12 October 2000 when a small craft pulled along side the ship and exploded, killing 17 US Navy Sailors. Attacking a US War Ship is an act of war, but America only sent the FBI to investigate the crime and went back to sleep.
And of course you know the events of 11 September 2001. Most Americans think this was the first attack against US soil or in America . How wrong they are. America has been under a constant attack since 1979 and we continue to hit the snooze alarm and roll over and go back to sleep. In the news lately we have seen lots of finger pointing from every high official in government over what they knew and what they didn't know. But, if you've read the papers and paid a little attention, I think you can see exactly what they knew. You don't have to be in the FBI, the CIA, Homeland Security or on the National Security Council to see the pattern that has been developing since 1979 - if you just pay attention.
I think we have been in a war for the past 25 years and it will continue until we as a people decide enough is enough. America needs to 'Get out of Bed' and act decisively now. America has been changed forever. We have to be ready to pay the price and make the sacrifice to ensure our way of life continues. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Admiral Yamamoto said, '... it seems all we have done is awakened a sleeping giant.' This is the message we need to disseminate to terrorists around the world. Coddling terrorists by appeasement (or allowing them to build a mosque near Ground Zero) is not going to stop them.
This is not merely a political thing to be hashed over in an election year, this is an AMERICAN thing. This is about our Freedom and the Freedom of our children in years to come. It could be in years a lot sooner than expected, too. This is more dangerous than the threat posed by the Soviet Union was, folks. We really are at war."
Please forward this to as many people as you can - especially to the young people and all those who dozed off in history class and who seem so quick to protest such a necessary military action.
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