Skip to comments.Terror suspects behind Entebbe affair give themselves up
Posted on 02/04/2007 5:16:05 PM PST by abu afak
After 19 years on the run, German police arrest members of RZ group, which was involved in hijacking Air France plane with dozens of Israelis on board in 1976
Two suspected members of a German left-wing terror group which took part in some of the most notorious hostage dramas of the 1970s have surrendered to authorities after 19 years on the run.
Federal state prosecutors in Karlsruhe said on Sunday that the two suspected members of the "Revolutionaere Zellen" (RZ), or Revolutionary Cells, had given themselves up in December.
RZ members helped Carlos the Jackal take ministers hostage at an OPEC conference in Vienna in 1975. Two RZ members were killed in July 1976 when the Air France plane they helped hijack was stormed by Israeli special forces in Entebbe, Uganda.
The group emerged in the early 1970s from the radical left-wing scene in Germany, which also spawned the Red Army Faction (RAF), also known as the Baader-Meinhof gang.
According to the website of the Interior Ministry of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, the RZ were responsible for at least 295 attacks between 1973 and 1995.
German weekly magazine Der Spiegel reported that the two suspects were "a couple"....."
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It'd be a real shame if they were to meet with an "accident".
are we sure it's not 29 years??
Maybe they'll get a chance to watch "The King of Scotland" while they're serving their lengthy prison terms.
Looks like the German govt is not very serious about this ...uh..."arrest."
Don't forget, Germany is on the metric system.
Nineteen (or twenty nine) years on the run, and upon being arrested, they are released from custody?
"My car gets forty rods to the hogshead
and that's the way I likes it!"
November 24, 2003
THE AXIS OF TERROR
Carlos the Jackal pledges alliance to Osama bin Laden
FEW CONVICTED MURDERERS and hijackers accept the label "terrorist." One who does--indeed, who embraces terrorism as among man's "noblest pursuits"--is a Venezuelan now serving a life sentence for murder in France. He is Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, better known as "Carlos the Jackal."
He has just published a book in French to announce his conversion to Islam and present his strategy for "the destruction of the United States through an orchestrated and persistent campaign of terror." Entitled "Revolutionary Islam" (Editions du Rocher, 2003) and published under the name Ilich Ramírez Sánchez-CARLOS, the book urges "all revolutionaries, including those of the left, even atheists," to accept the leadership of Islamists such as Osama bin Laden and so help turn Afghanistan and Iraq into the "graveyards of American imperialism."
Son of a militant Communist, Ilich was sent to Moscow to study at Patrice Lumumba University, an institution set up by the KGB to train terrorists from the Third World. That was in the 1970s, when the most fashionable cause was opposition to the U.S. intervention in Indochina.
Ilich opted for the less fashionable cause of Palestine, and soon moved to Lebanon, where he trained for operations organized by George Habash's People's Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). (snip)
Germany isn't great about keeping any terrorists in custody...I don't think this is the first time.
Thank you abu afak for the ping.
I'm a little slow tonight. Blame it on football.
I read that article earlier...before FR shut down.
I wonder what Bibi is going to do??
I bet he isn't happy about the terrorists being let go.
FR shut down? I just logged on, didn't know.
Yeppers...it was down for about 30 minutes or so, I think.
Good game tonight.
That's what it was: a "scene." A fad. A hip new urban mode with a cachet of Danger and Purpose. What it meant was people dead, lives ruined, and a world aflame.
Now that the kitsch is gone, after a lifetime on the run, these slime are ready to meet justice.
Of course, we'll hear the usual blandishments from the media and the pinko fellow travelers: they should be forgiven; they've paid their debt; they were just innocents caught up in an insane milieu.
There should be no mercy for these wretches. If Saddam Hussein hanged for his crimes, so should they.
did you see this? pics, etc (linked from above article)
Special: Entebbes open wound
Tensions remain between Netanyahu family, whose memory of their beloved son Yoni has reached almost mythical proportions, and fellow commando unit members, who continue to cast aspersions on his functioning during rescue mission. Senior unit members: First problem was that Yoni missed much of the planning stage.
Sharon Roffe-Ofir Published: 07.02.06, 23:46
Some things to remember: the PFLP was originally called "Black September" (anyone know any major terror events occurring in that month?), the PFLP was trained and funded by the Soviet Union (including Carlos the Jackal), and the PFLP gleefully recruits orthodox jihadists for suicide missions despite the PFLP being an athiestic, communist front.
It's worth noting that by being agressive...taking the war to the terrorists in Somalia, Sudan, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Liberia, Iraq, the Philippines, etc...that we are gleening intel that is rooting out older terrorists who would otherwise have managed to remain on the run.
I just went and read the whole thing.
What a tragic story...I hate reading that it is still an open wound. I pray that with these terrorists hopefully, eventually behind bars...the Netanyahu family and the comrades of Yoni will be able to put this behind them.
Yeah, why are we fooling around with "years." Kilodays should be the new standard.
"Germany isn't great about keeping any terrorists in custody."
Maybe they were let out so they can be followed and others found, or perhaps they will have an accident soon.
> The group emerged in the early 1970s from the radical left-wing scene...
"scene" -- what an *odd* turn of phrase. Peculiar. Almost places belonging to a gang of 1970s terrorist thugs on par with the contemporaneous Punk Rock *scene* or the Discotheque *scene*.
Is *that* what bored German youth were doing at the time? One shudders to think. Forty years previously I guess they had the Nazi scene to keep themselves busy. Nature doth abhore a vaccuum.
So now, I guess, we have the Al Qaeda *scene* to go along with our Emos and our Goths... just one more antisocial diversion for our bored youth to get involved in. But it certainly explains the David Hicks thing.
1971 to 1979 : (IDI AMIN RUNS UGANDA —) Idi Amin,... sadist and mass murderer who ran Uganda from 1971 to 1979...Amin left a despicable legacy. A Muslim convert, he murdered at least 250,000 Ugandan Christians, most of them Anglicans, though he hated Catholics with equal zeal. He also murdered Ugandans of Asian descent and drove the rest into exile. Amin’s “ethnic cleansing” of Asians severely damaged Uganda’s economy. Amin allied with Libya’s Moammar Gadhafi and buddied with other Arab radicals. He considered war with Kenya and fought neighboring Tanzania, whose forces finally helped topple him. ..Amin and his goons killed between 300,000 and 400,000 Ugandans, out of a 1970s population of around 10 million. Amin’s raw homicidal toll exceeds that of ex-Serb dictator Slobodan Milosevic’s genocides in Bosnia and Kosovo.
...Amin survived on shrewdness and showmanship buttressed by coldblooded slaughter. Six feet four with a weightlifter’s chest, he could play to a movie image of an African dictator, especially when he draped his military uniform with ribbons and gold medals the size of grapefruit. His smart mouth fed the press a line of sass that no reporter could ignore- a line of anti-Western sass. Amin understood political theater. One day, he organized an attack on apartheid South Africa. Well, not quite. He had a Ugandan battalion stage a mock attack against a village flying Republic of South Africa flags. It got him headlines. ...
During the Cold War, Amin escaped their [”international human-rights crowd’s”] condemnation because he was “anti-colonialist.” What utter pish. He was a vicious brute who killed en masse and then retired to a luxury hotel. -—— “Amin’s grisly legacy,” By Austin Bay, Washington Times, Friday, August 22, 2003
The PFLP was also one of Saddam Hussein’s favorite “charities.”
1980s early : (”MAY 15” [see PLFP] TERRORIST MOHAMMED RASHED AND HIS ACCOMPLICES ABU IBRAHIM & CHRISTINE PINTER ARE GIVEN SAFE HAVEN IN IRAQ; FROM BAGHDAD THEY LAUNCH MULTIPLE BOMBING OPERATIONS THROUGHOUT EUROPE) Rashed and his accomplices were given a safe haven in Iraq in the early 1980s by Saddam Husseins regime. They launched multiple bombing operations out of Baghdad throughout Europe and, in this case [in Aug. 11, 1982], on the American-owned passenger airplane [Pan Am Flight 830] bound for the United States.————— “Jordanian Man Sentenced In 1982 Bombing Of Pan Am Flight From Tokyo To Honolulu,” FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, FRIDAY, MARCH 24, 2006, WW.USDOJ.GOV
Their operatives were also trained in S. Yemen by Cuban and E. German instructors.
There was a PFLP cell in Los Angeles as well: the LA Eight.
1987 : (LA EIGHT ARE ARRESTED FOR ALLEGED ASSOCIATIONS WITH THE PLFP) The case of the “L.A. eight” goes back to 1987, when [Aiad] Barakat, six other Palestinians and a Kenyan were arrested for alleged associations with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a radical offshoot of the Palestine Liberation Organization. The PFLP has opposed peace negotiations between the PLO and Israel, and the U.S. government considers it a terrorist organization. All eight have denied being members.-—— “Federal judge in LA rules Palestinian man should be citizen - Aiad Barakat of the ‘L.A. eight’” AP via Riverside Press Enterprise ^ | 6/23/06 | - Los Angeles