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Monday, September 17, 2012

Islam Fatigue, Part I: A Timeline of Terrorism

UN Ambassador Susan Rice, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and White House Press Secretary Jay Carney have all been insisting that the murder US Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and all of the unrest in the Middle East is because of this movie:

It should be noted that the personal attacks by the sympathetic-to-the-White-House media in America have begun, and that the filmmaker was arrested on some outstanding warrants and interviewed by Federal agents, even though his warrants weren't Federal. Read the Daily Beast piece that pretty much excuses the deaths of our Ambassador on a singular jackass with a video camera.

This left me to wonder if:
  1. Rice, Clinton and Carney are ignorant;
  2. Rice, Clinton and Carney are lying to me;
  3. Everything I have witnessed since I was eight years-old didn't actually happen.
Confused, I went on a quest to find out if, prior to this stupid movie, anything bad had ever happened between us and the kind Islamo-fascists who don't like movies that make fun of their religion. I found we are being lied to by our government because people have been dying at the hands of Islamo-fascists long before YouTube came into existence! I was shocked to learn that movies don't kill people, murderers kill people. I therefore concluded that to excuse murderers because of their cinematic tastes is utterly moronic.

Here is a short list of terrorist incidents involving the United States and Islamo-facist terrorists starting in  April, 1968 and ending in February, 2005. I picked April, 1968, as my starting point because that marks the founding of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. And since most Americans now believe terrorism is caused by private citizens on YouTube (because that's what their government told them to believe), I picked February, 2005, as the end point of the timeline because that's when YouTube was founded.

  • 4-11-68: The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) in Syria is founded. Later, the group would go on to pioneer armed aircraft hijacking.
  • 6-5-68: U.S. presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy is assassinated in Los Angeles, California, by Sirhan Sirhan, a Palestinian who was reportedly motivated by Kennedy's pro-Israel positions.
  • 6-23-68: An El Al Israel Airlines Flight 426, en route from Rome, Italy, to Israel with a 10-person crew and 38 passengers, is hijacked by Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) terrorists and forced to land in Algiers, Algeria; Negotiations last for 40 days.
  • 2-18-69: Palestinian terrorists attack an El Al airliner at the Zurich, Switzerland, airport; one pilot is killed, and one pilot is wounded.
  • 8-29-69: A TWA flight from Los Angeles is hijacked by PFLP terrorists, led by Leila Khaled, and forced to land in Damascus, Israel; 6 passengers are held hostage.
  • 2-10-70: The Action Organization for the Liberation of Palestine and the Popular Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine attack a bus at the Munich, West Germany, airport; one passenger is killed, and 11 are injured.
  • 5-8-70: Palestinian PLO members attack an Avivim (Israel) school bus, killing nine children and three adults, while crippling 19 children.
  • 6-9-70: PLO guerrillas fail in a plot to assassinate Jordanian King Hussein.
  • 9-1-70: Palestinian guerrillas are expelled from Jordan, prompting the formation of the Black September Organization (BSO), who took its name from this day.
  • 9-11-70: The first mass aircraft hijacking occurs—dubbed the Dawson's Field hijackings. The PFLP attempted to hijack five New York City bound aircraft to punish the United States for supporting Israel, three of which landed at Dawson's Field, a remote airstrip near Zarka, Jordan. After releasing nearly 310 passengers on Sept. 11, 1970, the terrorists blew up the empty planes on the ground.
  • 9-15-70: In retaliation for the plane hijackings the week before, Jordan's army attacks Palestinian positions and expels PLO officials and commandos from Jordan; 20,000 die when Palestinian neighborhoods and refugee camps are shelled. The PLO moves its base of operations to Beirut, Lebanon.
  • 11-28-71: Jordanian Prime Minister Wash Tel is assassinated in Cairo, Egypt, by members of Black September.
  • 2-72: A West German electrical installation and a Dutch gas plant are blown up by members of Black September.
  • May-July 72: A Belgian Sabena flight en route from Vienna, Austria, to Tel Aviv, Israel, is hijacked. Lod airport in Israel is attacked; 24 killed. A Tel Aviv bus terminal is bombed, 11 injured. An oil refinery in Trieste, Italy, is attacked. All attacks were carried out by Black September.
  • 9-5-72: Now known as the Munich Massacre, nine Israeli athletes are killed and 11 are taken hostage by Black September at West Germany's Olympic games. After a failed rescue attempt by West German authorities, nine of the hostages die along with five of the hostage-takers.
  • 12-17-73: At an airport terminal in Rome, Italy, five terrorists destroyed one aircraft— Pan American 707—killing 29 people, and hijacked another aircraft, a Lufthansa Boeing 727. After landing in Kuwait later, the terrorists released their hostages in return for passage to an unknown destination. The Palestine Liberation Organization disavowed the Lufthansa hijacking, and no group claimed responsibility for it.
  • 12-21-75: Carlos the Jackal and PFLP associates raids OPEC headquarters in Vienna, Austria; three are killed and 62 hostages taken. PFLP demands and receives an airplane to escape. Hostages are released after $40 million ransom is paid.
  • 6-27-76: An Air France airliner is hijacked in Greece by the Baader-Meinhof Group and the PFLP and forced to land in Uganda; 258 passengers are taken hostage; two hostages and one hijacker are killed.
  • 7-4-76: Israelis raid Entebbe, Uganda, rescuing 246 hijacked hostages; two hostages, one Israeli, and one hijacker killed.
  • 3-26-78: Egypt and Israel ratify Camp David Accords.
  • 1979: Islamic Jihad is founded by Islamic fundamentalist Fathi Shaqaqi and other radical Palestinian students.
  • 2-14-79: U.S. Ambassador Adolph Dubs is kidnapped in Kabul, Afghanistan, with demand to release "religious figures;" Dubs and four alleged terrorists are killed.
  • 11-4-79: Fundamentalist Islamic students seize the U.S. embassy in Tehran, Iran, during the Iran Hostage Crisis. A total of 66 American diplomats, Marines and embassy employees are taken hostage with demands that the United States extradite the overthrown Shah of Iran, Reza Pahlavi, who is in the United States for medical treatment. Hostages are released 444 days later, hours after the U.S. Presidential Inauguration of President Ronald Reagan, who threatened retaliation if the hostages were not released.
  • 11-20-79: The Grand Mosque Seizure was an armed attack and takeover by Islamic fundamentalist dissidents of the Al-Masjid al-Haram in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. The insurgents declared that the Mahdi, or redeemer of Islam, had arrived in the form of one of the insurgents' leaders, Abdullah Hamid Mohammed Al-Qahtani and called on Muslims to obey him. The siege ended two weeks after the takeover began with militants cleared from the mosque. Following the attack, the Saudi state implemented stricter enforcement of Islamic code.
  • 11-22-79: False rumors of U.S. takeover of Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, fuel Islamic militants' attack on the U.S. embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan.
  • 12-26-79: Osama bin Laden and his associate Mohammed Atef become involved in the Mujadeen rebellion when the Soviet Union invades Afghanistan.
  • 4-80: Islamic terrorists seize the Iranian embassy in London, England; two are killed.
  • 4-7-80: Five Palestinian terrorists from the Iraqi-backed Arab Liberation Front penetrated kibbutz Misgav Am in Israel during night time and entered the nursery. They killed the kibbutz secretary and an infant boy. They held the rest of the children hostage, demanding the release of about 50 terrorists held in Israeli prisons. The first raid of an IDF infantry unit was unsuccessful, but a second attempt, a few hours later, succeeded, and all the terrorists were killed. Two kibbutz members and one soldier were killed, four children and 11 soldiers were injured.
  • 10-3-80: A motorcycle bomb kills four people and injures dozens at the rue Copernic synagogue in Paris, France. Authorities blame the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.
  • 12-31-80: At least 15 people were killed and 85 injured in a bombing at the Jewish-owned Norfolk Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya. The Kenyan government said the bomber was a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.
  • 1-20-81: The remaining 52 U.S. Embassy hostages seized in Iran in November 1979 are released.
  • 5-13-81: Pope John Paul II is shot in a failed assassination attempt by Mehmet Ali Agca, a Turk, at St. Peters' Square in the Vatican. Agca initially claims that he was working for the Bulgarian intelligence service, but later retracts that statement. Agca also claims to be a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, but the group denies any ties to the man.
  • 10-6-81: Egypt President Anwar al-Sadat is assassinated by members of the Al-Jihad group—Muslim extremists in his own army who are part of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad—in Cairo; the group also injures 20 by attacking during an annual military parade.
  • 1-18-82: Malcolm Kerr, the president of American University, is assassinated in Beirut; Islamic Jihad claims responsibility.
  • 7-19-82: David Dodge, President of the American University in Beirut, Lebanon, is kidnapped, released, kidnapped again, tortured, and finally killed by Hezbollah.
  • August 82: A bomb planted by Palestinian terrorist Mohammad Rashid explodes in a Pan Am flight over Honolulu, Hawaii; one passenger is killed, several are injured.
  • 4-18-83: A Radical Islamic Jihad suicide car bombing destroys the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon; 63 killed (including 17 Americans), 120 injured.
  • 10-22-83: A truck bomb is detonated near U.S. military barracks in West Beirut, Lebanon, and a second bomb follows; 241 Marines and 58 French paratroopers are killed. Attacks are carried out by Shiite suicide bombers under Imad Magniyah, bin Laden's "terrorism teacher." Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility.
  • 12-12-83: Truck bombing kills six and injures 80 at U.S. and French embassies in Kuwait; members of the Islamic Jihad carry out the attacks.
  • 1984: Osama bin Laden moves to Pakistan, co-founds Maktub al-Khidamat (MAK) to organize approximately 20,000 anti-Soviet Mujahideen rebels, and channels overseas weapons and funds to the group. More than $250 million per year in arms and resistance is sent from the U.S. government to Afghanistan and are unknowingly contributed to Osama bin Laden's terrorist cause.
  • 3-16-84: CIA station chief William Buckley is kidnapped, tortured and executed in Beirut, Lebanon, by members of the Islamic Jihad.
  • 9-20-84: A suicide bomb explodes at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon; 23 are killed and 21 injured, including U.S. and British ambassadors. The attack is attributed to the Iranian-backed Hezballah, but Imad Magniyah is later believed responsible.
  • 3-16-85: U.S. journalist Terry Anderson kidnapped in Lebanon.
  • 6-9-85: U.S. academic Thomas Sutherland is kidnapped in Lebanon by alleged Hizballah members and is held hostage for more than 5 years.
  • 6-13-85: TWA flight 847, leaving Rome, Italy, is hijacked by two Hizballah members, and forced to fly to Beirut, Lebanon. U.S. Navy Diver, Robert Steham murdered; other hostages released, hijackers escape.
  • 6-14-85: During the Achille Lauro hijacking, TWA flight 847, en route from Athens, Greece, to Rome, Italy, is hijacked and forced to fly to Beirut, Lebanon. Eight crew members and 145 passengers are held hostage, one American is murdered. The aircraft is flown twice to Algiers, Algeria, and finally returned to Beirut after Israel releases 435 Lebanese and Palestinian Shiite prisoners.
  • August 85: In an effort to have hostages released in Iran, President Ronald Reagan secretly begins selling weapons to the country, sparking the Iran-Contra Affair.
  • 10-7-85: PLO commandos led by Muhammad ("Abu") Abbas hijack an Achille Lauro cruise ship at Port Said, Egypt; more than 700 hostages are taken, one handicapped American passenger, Leon Klinghoffer, is shot and then pushed over the side of the ship in his wheelchair. Hijackers demand the release of Palestinians imprisoned worldwide; the Egyptian government offers the terrorists safe haven, and the hostages are released.
  • 11-23-85: Egypt Air flight 648 is hijacked by Abu Nidal (ANO) in Valleta, Malta; a 30-hour standoff between the hijackers and the Egyptian commandos ensues. Sixty killed during attempted rescue.
  • 12-27-85: U.S. and Israeli airport check-in desks at Israel's El Al airline in Rome, Italy, and Vienna, Austria, are attacked simultaneously with grenades; 19 are killed (including four terrorists) and around 140 are wounded. The terrorists are working for the Libyan government, which funds and monetarily rewards various Palestinian terrorist groups.
  • 3-30-86: A bomb planted under a seat of TWA Flight 840 en route from Rome, Italy, is detonated by Palestinian "Hawari" splinter group Ezzedine Kassam, a unit of the Arab Revolutionary Cells and the Iraqi-backed May 15 organization, as it approaches Athens Airport; four U.S. citizens are killed and nine injured.
  • 4-5-86: LaBelle discotheque in West Berlin, Germany, a spot frequented by U.S. servicemen, is bombed by terrorists working for the Libyan government, which funds and monetarily rewards various Palestinian terrorist groups. Three are killed and 150 injured.
  • 4-14-86: Libya: U.S. planes bomb Tripoli and Benghazi as well as the home of Libyan leader Moammar Quadaffi, in retaliation for La Belle disco bombing on April 4.
  • 4-15-86: U.S. Embassy communicator shot and wounded in Khartoum, Sudan.
  • 4-17-86: Gaza Strip: Israelis kill Hamas Gaza Strip leader Dr. Abd al-Aziz al-Rantisi.
  • 9-5-86: Four members of the Abu Nidal Organization (ANO) hijack Pan Am flight 73, from Pakistan to Frankfurt, while it was preparing for takeoff. A skirmish takes place as Pakistanis attempt to recover the plane, during which 20 passengers are killed. The hijackers were arrested and sentenced to death in Pakistan, but later released against the wishes of the United States and India.
  • 9-6-86: Turkey: ANO kills 21 in attack on Istanbul synagogue.
  • 9-9-86:  Frank Reed, director of the American University in Beirut, is kidnapped in Lebanon by Hizballah and released 44 months later.
  • 9-12-86: Joseph Cicippio, acting comptroller at the American University in Beirut, is kidnapped in Lebanon by Hizballah and released 5 years later.
  • 1987: A car bomb explodes outside the back gate of the U.S. Embassy in Rome and mortars are fired at the compound from across the street. One passerby is injured in the attacks. The al Muthanna State Establishment and the Nuclear Research Center at Al Tuwaitha in Iraq researches radiological weapons and tests three prototypes. The center is abandoned in 1988; the whereabouts of 100 bomb casings from the site are still unknown.
  • 1-2-87: United Nations hostage negotiator Terry Waite, a representative of the Archbishop of Canterbury, is taken hostage by Iranian Hizballah terrorists in Beirut, Lebanon, and held until November 1991.
  • 1-24-87: American citizens Jesse Turner, Alan Steen, Robert Polhill, and Mithileshwar Singh are kidnapped by Islamic terrorists in Beirut, Lebanon, and held until 1991.
  • 2-17-88: While serving with the U.N. Truce Organization, U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. William Higgins, the American Chief of the United Nations Truce Supervisory Organization, is kidnapped and murdered in Southern Lebanon by the Iranian-backed Hizballah.
  • 3-16-88: Iraqi forces attack Halabja residents with chemical weapons.
  • 4-15-88: Hizballah hijacks Kuwait Airways jet, killing two passengers; hijackers allowed to return to Algeria 16 days later.
  • 8-8-88: A bomb explodes in a C-130 Hercules aircraft just after take-off from Bahawalpu, Pakistan, killing Pakistani President General Zia Al Haq, a U.S. ambassador, and 37 others.
  • 12-21-88: Pan Am Boeing 747 flight 103 explodes and crashes in Lockerbie, Scotland, when a bomb planted by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command and the Libyan government explodes; all 259 passengers are killed, including U.S. students and military personnel; eleven also die on the ground.
  • 8-2-90: The Persian Gulf War begins when Iraq invades Kuwait and annexes it as "the Iraqi province of Kuwait."
  • 1991: Saudi Arabia rejects Osama bin Laden's offer to assist in fighting Iraq and then permits U.S. troops to use its military bases, fueling Bin Laden's hatred of the United States and Saudi Arabia.
  • 1-18-91: Iraqi agents planted bombs at the U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia's home residence and at the USIS library in Manila.
  • 2-28-91: Kuwait is declared liberated and a cease-fire is called, ending the Gulf War. President George H.W. Bush allows Saddam Hussein to stay in power.
  • 1992: Ethnic civil war under Taliban leadership in Kabul, Afghanistan, where 50,000 are killed, mainly Persians.
  • 1992: Osama bin Ladin proposes that Hezbollah, the pro-Iranian Shiite terrorist group, join in a common objective of killing U.S. troops stationed in Asia and Africa. Bin Laden establishes legal businesses, such as farms, a tannery, and a construction firm, in Sudan to increase his available funds for al-Qaeda.
  • 12-20-92: A hotel in Aden, Yemen, recently used by U.S. troops preparing to go to Somalia, is bombed; two tourists are killed.
  • 1-25-93: A gunman, later identified by agents as Pakistani immigrant Mir Amal Kansi, kills two and wounds three CIA employees with a high-powered rifle outside CIA headquarters in McLean, Virginia. Kansi was charged with the crime as agents testified that he said he shot the employees in retaliation for U.S. policies against Muslims in the Middle East, including the bombing of Iraq.
  • 2-26-93: A rented van packed with explosives is detonated in the World Trade Center's underground garage; six people and an unborn child are killed, more than 1,040 are injured. The bomb plot includes a device designed to release cyanide gas that would kill emergency response crews and area residents, but the cyanide is destroyed in the fire. Four Islamic terrorists, including the Abu Sayyat and group mastermind Ramzi Ahmed Yousef, carry out the attack. Osama bin Laden is suspected to be behind the plot, but denies involvement. Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman, a.ka. the blind Sheik of Egypt, is later given a life sentence in a U.S. Medical Center for Federal Prisoners in Springfield, Missouri, for his role in the bombing. The bomb causes $500 million in damage.
  • 4-14-93: Iraqi intelligence service agents attempt to assassinate U.S. President George H.W. Bush in Kuwait but fail. In retaliation, the U.S. launched a cruise missile attack two months later on Baghdad, Iraq.
  • 9-13-93: Yasser Arafat, Chairman of the PLO, and Yitzak Rabin, Prime Minister of Israel, sign the historic Declaration of Principles, or the Oslo Accords, on the lawn of the White House with President Bill Clinton as a witness. The pact sets into motion a five-year transition designed to lead toward autonomy for Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza as Israelis withdrew their troops from that area.
  • 10-4-93: The Battle at Mogadishu, or Black Hawk Down, begins when militants trained by al-Qaeda shoot down two U.S. helicopters on a humanitarian mission in Mogadishu, Somalia. Using weapons supplied by Osama bin Laden and Mohammed Atef, the militants kill 18 U.S. soldiers, dragging some of their bodies through the streets afterward.
  • 10-11-93: Norwegian publisher of "The Satanic Verses" survives three gunshot wounds, delivered by an unknown gunman.
  • 10-12-94: The Taliban militia conquers Kandahar, Afghanistan.
  • 12-11-94: PAL flight 434, en route to Japan, is bombed; one passenger is killed. Ramzi Yousef constructed the bomb on the first leg of the two-leg flight using diluted nitroglycerine in a contact lens cleaner bottle and a wristwatch as a timer. Before the second leg of the flight, he left the plane, avoiding the explosion. The Abu Sayyat Group and Yousef carried out the attack as a "practice run" for their Bojinka plot, which would have blown up 11 airliners with similar bombing devices and served as a precursor to the 9/11 attacks.
  • 6-26-95: An attempted assassination of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, fails. Osama bin Laden is suspected, but al-Gama'at al-Islamiyya is held responsible.
  • 7-4-95: Over the course of four days, Al-Faran guerrillas kidnap six foreign tourists, including two U.S. citizens, to protest anti-Islamic, or Western, countries. One German captive was found beheaded, while American John Childs, of Connecticut, escaped and was rescued. The other four were never found.
  • 11-13-95: A Saudi National Guard training facility run by U.S. officials in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, is attacked by car bomb; seven are killed, including one U.S. citizen, and more than 60 other foreign national employees of the U.S. government are wounded. In a separate incident, four anti-royal Saudi Arabian dissidents are beheaded. Islamic Movement for Change, the Tigers of the Gulf, and the Combatant Partisans of God claim responsibility.
  • 1996: The Taliban takes control of Afghanistan and conquers Jalalabad and Kabul; Kabul University is shut down. Taliban law limits male students to a high school education and bans female students over the age of 12 from all schooling. The Jamiat-ul-Ulema-e-Islam political party in Pakistan assists in the organization of terrorist training camps in Afghanistan. Osama bin Laden is expelled from Sudan and establishes a training facility near Jalalabad, Afghanistan, to develop al-Qaeda into an international terrorist network.
  • 4-3-96: A U.S. Air Force flight crash kills U.S. Commerce Secretary Ron Brown and 34 others in Croatia. The crash is officially blamed on pilot error, poor equipment, and weather conditions (the plane was flying through a heavy rainstorm when it crashed), though rumors persist that the crash was not an accident.
  • 6-25-96: A truck bomb is detonated outside the U.S. Air Force complex Khobar Towers in Dharan, Saudi Arabia; 19 U.S. servicemen are killed and 515 people are injured, including 240 U.S. citizens. The attack is blamed on the Movement for Islamic Change organization, but Hezbollah is ultimately determined responsible, with key suspects Ahmed Ibrahim al-Mughassil, Ibrahim al-Yacoub, and Abdel Karim al-Nasser.
  • 8-23-96: Osama bin Laden releases a written declaration of war against the United States, including a demand to withdraw U.S. troops and to overthrow the Saudi Arabian government.
  • January 97: At least 14 letter bombs postmarked from Alexandria, Egypt, were sent to Al-Hayat newspaper headquarters in London and bureaus in Washington, D.C., New York City, and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, as well as Leavenworth prison in Kansas. All devices but one were defused. The London bomb exploded, injuring two security guards.
  • 11-12-97: Members of the Islamic Inquilabi (Revolutionary) Council and the Aimal Khufia Action Committee kill four U.S. auditors and a Pakistani driver in Karachi, Pakistan. The attack may have been carried out in retaliation for the U.S. conviction of Pakistanis who murdered two CIA agents.
  • 1998: The Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation, with prayer houses in Ashland, Oregon and Springfield, Missouri, raise over $30 million a year; part of these funds are directed to Osama bin Laden. The Global Relief Foundation in Chicago, Illinois, knowingly or unknowingly raises more than $5 million per year to be given to bin Laden.
  • 1998: Osama bin Laden releases a declaration stating: "To kill Americans and their allies, civilians, and military is an individual duty for every Muslim who can do it, in any country in which it is possible to do it." He also said in an interview, "Our battle against the Americans is far greater than our battle was against the Russians. We anticipate a black future for America. Instead of remaining a United States, it shall end up separated states and shall have to carry the bodies of its sons back to America."
  • 2-23-98: Osama Bin Ladin and al-Qaeda issue a Fatwa urging the murder of Americans wherever they are found.
  • 6-21-88: The U.S. embassy in Lebanon, Beirut, is attacked by rocket-propelled grenades.
  • 8-7-88: A group of 22 al-Qaeda members, including Osama bin Laden, detonate truck bombs almost simultaneously outside two U.S. embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, killing 224, including 12 U.S. citizens and injuring more than 5,000.
  • 8-20-98: The United States retaliates for the attack against U.S. embassies by bombing key targets in Afghanistan and Sudan with cruise missiles. Osama bin Laden is targeted in the attack, but escapes from a training camp in Khost, Afghanistan, before it is hit.
  • February 2000: al-Qaeda defector Jamal Ahmed al-Fadl testifies that Osama bin Laden had tried to buy uranium on the black market for $1.5 million in a presumed attempt to develop nuclear weapons.
  • 10-2000: A small boat loaded with explosives is rammed into the U.S. Navy destroyer, U.S.S Cole, in Aden, Yemen, killing 17 sailors and injuring 39. Osama bin Laden is thought responsible for the attack, and later it is proved that he and his group al-Qaeda is responsible.
  • 5-27-01: In the Philippines, the Abu Sayyaf Muslim terrorist group kidnaps and seizes 13 tourists and three staff members at a resort on Palawan Island, taking them to Basilan Island. The captives include three U.S. citizens—Guellermo Sobero and missionaries Martin and Gracia Burnham. Philippine troops fight a series of battles with the guerrillas between June 1 and June 3, during which nine hostages escaped and two were found dead. The guerrillas took additional hostages when they seized the hospital in the town of Lamitan. On June 12, Abu Sayyaf spokesman Abu Sabaya claimed that Sobero had been killed and beheaded. His body was later found in October. The Burnhams remained in captivity until June 2002.
  • Now known as 9/11, four planes—American Airlines flight 11, United Airlines flight 175, United Airlines flight 93, and American Airlines flight 77—are hijacked and flown into the World Trade Center North and South towers in New York, a field in Pennsylvania, and the Pentagon, respectively. Nearly 3,000 people were killed, including the 19 hijackers, and thousands more injured. Osama bin Laden, leader of al-Qaeda, takes responsibility.
  • An al-Qaeda plot to attack U.S. embassies and the Eagle Base airfield in Paris, France, and Brussels, Belgium, is thwarted by NATO officials. In a separate incident, Israeli authorities prevent a radioactive backpack-bomb from entering Israel; the smugglers have ties to al-Qaeda.
  • September, 2001: Letters containing anthrax are mailed from Trenton, New Jersey, to five U.S. media outlets, along with notes, one of which read "09-11-01, this is next, take penicillin [sic] now, death to America, death to Israel, Allah is great." One recipient dies.
  • 10-9-01: Two Democratic senators in Washington, D.C., receive a second batch of letters containing a new, weaponized form of anthrax—previously unseen by bioweapons experts—along with notes that read "09-11-01. You cannot stop us. We have this anthrax. You die now. Are you afraid? Death to America. Death to Israel. Allah is great." Four die and 22 develop infections.
  • November, 2001: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report evidence that anthrax bacterium was present in the building where a Florida man, who died of anthrax on October 5, had worked. The discovery of a second anthrax case triggered a major investigation by the FBI. The two anthrax cases were the first to appear in the U.S. in over 25 years. Subsequently, anthrax appeared in the mail received by television networks in New York and by the offices in Washington of Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle and other members of Congress. Attorney General John Ashcroft said in a briefing on October 16, "When people send anthrax through the mail to hurt people and invoke terror, it's a terrorist act."
  • 12-21-01: Richard Reid, also known as Abdul Raheem and Tariq Raja, boarded American Airlines Flight 63 from Paris to Miami wearing shoes that were packed with plastic explosives. Reid became known as the "shoe bomber." A passenger on board complained of the smell of smoke, and passengers discovered that Reid was trying to ignite a fuse on the sole of his shoe. Passengers subdued Reid before the fuses were lit.
  • 2002: Iraqi president, Saddam Hussein, and his regime offer $25,000 to the families of all suicide bombers.
  • 1-22-02: Armed militants on motorcycles in Calcutta, India, fire on the U.S. Consulate, killing five Indian security personnel and wounding 13 others. The Harakat ul-Jihad-I-Islami and the Asif Raza Commandoes claimed responsibility. Indian police later killed two suspects, one confessed to belonging to Lashkar-e-Tayyiba as he died.
  • 1-23-02: In Karachi, Pakistan, extremists kidnap U.S. journalist Daniel Pearl. Authorities receive a videotape on February 20 of Pearl's beheading. His grave was found near Karachi on May 16 and four suspects are arrested.
  • 3-17-02: A Protestant International Church in Islamabad, Pakistan, is attacked with grenades; five are killed, including two Americans, and 46 injured. The Lashkar-e-Tayyiba group is suspected to have carried out the attack. The Americans were State Department employee Barbara Green and her daughter Kristen Wormsley. 13 U.S. citizens were among the wounded.
  • 7-4-02: A 41-year-old Egyptian national, Hesham Mohamed Hadayet, kills two Israelis and wounds four others at the El Al ticket counter at the Los Angeles, California, International Airport. The FBI concluded it was a terrorist attack, however, were unable to link Hadayet to any specific terrorist group.
  • October 02: The "Beltway Sniper" attacks occur over a period of three weeks wounded in the Washington, D.C. and Baltimore-Washington Metro Area. A total of 13 are shot, 10 of which died and three were wounded in apparently random sniper attacks. John Allen Muhammad (former U.S. Army Sergeant and a member of the Nations of Islam) and Lee Boyd Malvo (a minor at the time of the shootings) are convicted of the attacks.
  • 10-8-02: A U.S. Marine is murdered and another wounded at a training center in Kuwait while participating in a training exercise. The Kuwaiti Government calls the incident a terrorist attack. al-Qaeda claims responsibility.
  • 2-22-03: al-Qaeda operatives open fire at a World Cup cricket match in Karachi, Pakistan, killing nine.
  • 5-13-03: Saudi Arabia: al-Qaeda suicide bombers use truck bombs on the Vinnell, al-Hamra, and Ishbilyah residential housing compounds for foreign workers. The 34 dead included nine attackers, seven other Saudis, 10 U.S. citizens, and one citizen each from the United Kingdom, Ireland, and the Philippines, while wounding 194. Saudi authorities arrest 11 al-Qaeda suspects on May 28, 2003.
  • June 03: Eleven northern Virginia men, known as the "Paintball" terrorists, are accused of being a part of a jihadist network that sought to wage war against nations deemed hostile to Islam. Two others are later charged, including spiritual leader Ali al-Timimi, an Iraqi-American U.S. citizen.
  • 10-15-03: Gaza Strip: Palestinian terrorists bomb a U.S. Embassy motorcade, killing three diplomatic security contractors. A remote controlled bomb exploded under a car in a U.S. diplomatic convoy passing through the Gaza strip. Three Dynacorp employees are killed, a fourth wounded. Palestinian security forces arrested several suspects, some of whom were members of the Popular Resistance Committees.
  • 10-26-03: Baghdad, Iraq. The al-Rashid Hotel is attacked by Iraqis using improvised rocket launchers. One U.S. Army officer is killed, and 17 others are wounded. The wounded include 4 military personnel and seven American citizens. Deputy Secretary of Defense, Paul D. Wolfowitz, was a guest at the hotel, however, he escaped injury.
  • 2004: Osama bin Laden pays an estimated $60 to $100 million to obtain the expertise of Pakistan's nuclear engineers and other specialists. Former Soviet and Chinese nuclear scientists and technicians are also employed by bin Laden. One purchase of 12 kilos of uranium reportedly cost bin Laden more than $75 million.
  • 3-11-04: Spain: Four bombs explode on three commuter trains in Madrid; 201 are killed, 1,400 injured. al-Qaeda thought responsible, with Rabie Osman Ahmed as the key suspect, but Abu Hafs al-masri Brigade claims responsibility. Soon after the attack, Spanish voters elect a new government that pledges to withdraw troops from Iraq.
  • 12-6-04: Attack on U.S. Consulate in Saudi Arabia. In Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, five attackers broke through the gate of the U.S. Consulate, threw explosives and fired automatic weapons, killing five people (1 Filipino, 1 Sudanese, 1 Yemen, 1 Indian, 1 Sri Lankan) and injuring nine others including two Saudi Arabian National Guardsmen at the gate. The al-Qaida Organization in the Arabian Peninsula claimed responsibility.
  • February 05: Three former PayPal employees launch YouTube.
The information in this timeline originated at the American Board for Certification in Homeland Security's website.

We live our lives appeasing those who would kill us for the values we hold. Yet, no matter how many times we offer the hand of mollification, another vein for hatred is exposed. I am for freedom for the people of the Middle East, but I am also in favor of being able to live my own life in peace without fear of reprisal from religious fundamentalist fascists who feel their own tickets to Heaven are only stamped after I am dead.

I am tired of appeasing religious and political zealots.

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