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January 26, 2006

Most-Wanted Terrorist Is Spotted in Syria

Topics: Iran

mugniyah.gifYesterday it was reported that according to a former Reagan administration national security official and Iran watchers on Capitol Hill, one of the American government's most wanted terrorists (and others), the Lebanese Hezbollah figure, Imad Mugniyah, was sighted at the meeting in Damascus last Thursday with Mr. Ahmadinejad and the Syrian dictator, Bashar Assad.

Mugniyah appears on the FBI's most wanted terrorists list along with Al Qaeda leaders Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri, and the government has offered a reward of up to $5 million for information leading to his capture. Mr. Mugniyah, of Lebanese origin but said to be living now in Iran, is described by the FBI as the "alleged head of the security apparatus" for Lebanese Hezbollah. He was indicted by America for his role in hijacking TWA Flight 847 in June 1985, a terrorist act in which an American citizen and Navy diver, Robert Stethem, was beaten and tortured, shot in the head, and his body dumped out on the Beirut International Airport runway.

Mr. Mugniyah is also linked to other attacks on Americans and reportedly has met with Mr. bin Laden.

At the meeting, Ahmadinejad said he "strongly supports the Palestinian people's struggle" while the militant "terrorist" chiefs pledged to Ahmadinejad that the "Palestinian resistance and struggle would continue" against Israel. Islamic Jihad chief Abdullah Ramadan Shala, Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal and PFLP-GC leader Ahmed Jibril were among those at the meeting.

None of this points to there being much hope for a "Middle East peace process."

Syria, and the Palestinian militant Islamic groups, as with Radical Iraqi Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr and his Mendhi Army, are all aligned with Iran, and there is little doubt as to Iran's position on Israel's continued existance.

While most of us do support the establishment of a peaceful, tolerant (of all faiths and particularly the existance of Israel) Palestinian nation), there appears to be little chance of that happening in our lifetime, given the circumstances and mindset of the Palestinian's Islamic culture. Sadly, the Palestinian people have, over the years - up to and including the present, demonstrated an inability to join the civilized world, give up violence, and join in peace with Israel, who has bent over backwards to facilitate an unobtainable peace with a people committed to violence.

Related: An Islamic Terrorism Update

Posted by Richard at January 26, 2006 2:10 PM

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