Friday, May 26, 2017

A handy list of Islamist and Western terrorism

People who blame Islam for Islamist terrorism cite the long clash of empires, which makes as much sense as blaming Christianity for the brutal conquest of the Americas—empires expand for profit, and religion is one of many excuses. This post focuses on the history that the West began to make after the fall of the Ottoman Empire.

1946: Jewish terrorists bombed the King David Hotel.

1948: Israel took more land than the UN allowed.

1967: Israel attacked its neighbors and took more land. See 1967 War.

1979: The CIA began Operation Cyclone to fund the Mujahideen in the war against Afghanistan's secular socialist government. The Mujahideen's most famous member today: Osama bin Laden.

1982: Israel began the Lebanon War. In response, Hezbollah was born, and so was Islamist suicide bombing.

1985: Initially, Islamist terrorism was confined to the Middle East, but it came to the west in Spain's El Descanso bombing. The targets are believed to have been the US soldiers dining there, but many civilians died too.

1988: Bin Laden created al-Qaeda.

1990: The Gulf War began. The U.N. found that half a million Iraqi children died as a result of harsh sanctions against Iraq. In a televised interview, Bill Clinton's Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, clarified US priorities:
Lesley Stahl: We have heard that a half million children have died. I mean, that’s more children than died in Hiroshima. And, you know, is the price worth it?

Secretary of State Madeleine Albright: I think this is a very hard choice, but the price—we think the price is worth it.
2001: Osama bin Laden masterminded the destruction of the World Trade Towers, using 15 Saudis, 2 people from the United Arab Emirates, 1 Lebanese, and 1 Egyptian. In response, the US began the War in Afghanistan.

In 2003, the US began the Iraq War.

In 2011, the US decided to overthrow Libya's ruler. From Hillary Clinton, ‘Smart Power’ and a Dictator’s Fall - The New York Times: "The president was wary. The secretary of state was persuasive. But the ouster of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi left Libya a failed state and a terrorist haven."

At the same time, American-led intervention in Syria  began.

2013: The Wedding That Became a Funeral: A US drone strike on a wedding convoy killed 12, but the U.S. refused to acknowledge civilian deaths.

2014: Another Gaza Hospital Hit by Israeli Strike; Four Dead, 40 Hurt: One patient and three visitors die after tank shell hits third floor of building that houses intensive care unit and operating rooms.

US 'appalled' by 'disgraceful' Israeli shelling of Gaza UN school | World news | The Guardian: Spokeswoman says Israel must do more ‘to avoid civilian casualties’ after 10 people killed in Sunday strike called ‘criminal act’ by UN chief.

2015: Afghan hospital bombing: Civilians 'accidentally struck' - CNN: A Doctors Without Borders hospital in Afghanistan was struck accidentally after Afghan forces called for U.S. air support, a U.S. forces commander says.

2016: US Military Admits: We Deliberately Bombed a Hospital in Iraq: Military spokesperson says "it's very difficult to ascertain with full and total fidelity" that no civilians were killed.

US Bombs School Shelter in Syria Killing 33 Civilians | News | teleSUR English: "Most of these people had taken shelter in this building from the fighting and the planes. They were hiding for their lives," said one witness.

What follows that, you should know.

Recommended: A short history of suicide bombing | AOAV:
Muhammad Hussein Fadalallah, a spiritual guide of Hezbollah, described under what circumstances suicide bombers were to be deployed: ‘We believe that suicide operations should only be carried out if they can bring about a political change in proportion to the passions that incite a person to make his body an explosive bomb.’
Terrorist Attacks On Americans, 1979-1988 | Target America | FRONTLINE | PBS

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