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Obama: 9/11 Was 'A Failure of Empathy'
Little Green Footballs ^ | 7/14/2008 | Charles Johnson

Posted on 07/14/2008 10:32:56 AM PDT by mojito

Eight days after the atrocities of September 11, 2001, Barack Obama wrote a piece for the Hyde Park Herald—and blamed the attacks on “a failure of empathy.”

"Even as I hope for some measure of peace and comfort to the bereaved families, I must also hope that we as a nation draw some measure of wisdom from this tragedy. Certain immediate lessons are clear, and we must act upon those lessons decisively. We need to step up security at our airports. We must reexamine the effectiveness of our intelligence networks. And we must be resolute in identifying the perpetrators of these heinous acts and dismantling their organizations of destruction."

"We must also engage, however, in the more difficult task of understanding the sources of such madness. The essence of this tragedy, it seems to me, derives from a fundamental absence of empathy on the part of the attackers: an inability to imagine, or connect with, the humanity and suffering of others. Such a failure of empathy, such numbness to the pain of a child or the desperation of a parent, is not innate; nor, history tells us, is it unique to a particular culture, religion, or ethnicity. It may find expression in a particular brand of violence, and may be channeled by particular demagogues or fanatics. Most often, though, it grows out of a climate of poverty and ignorance, helplessness and despair."

"We will have to make sure, despite our rage, that any U.S. military action takes into account the lives of innocent civilians abroad. We will have to be unwavering in opposing bigotry or discrimination directed against neighbors and friends of Middle Eastern descent. Finally, we will have to devote far more attention to the monumental task of raising the hopes and prospects of embittered children across the globe—children not just in the Middle East, but also in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe and within our own shores."

Obama’s comments display an appalling disconnect from reality.

Osama bin Laden came from one of the richest families in the world. None of the 9/11 attackers were poor; if anything, they could be considered “middle class.” Ringleader Mohammed Atta was educated as an architect in the West.

Almost everything Obama wrote in this article was proven wrong. And he gave absolutely no consideration at all to the ideology of radical Islam, which is much more to blame than any imaginary “poverty” or “lack of empathy.”

And now he’s within reach of the presidency.


TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 2008; 911; blueturban; democrats; empathy; foreignpolicy; lgf; liberals; mentaldisorder; obama; quotes; radicalislam; socialists; wot
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There must be a root cause to Obama's idiocy.
1 posted on 07/14/2008 10:32:56 AM PDT by mojito
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To: mojito

“Terrorists just needed a hug” PING


2 posted on 07/14/2008 10:34:52 AM PDT by AU72
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To: mojito

“There must be a root cause to Obama’s idiocy.”

Oh . . . what do you think? . . . Public screwl system . . . stupidity (57 states, Joint Chief of Staff declares war . . remember?) . . . black racism toward all of us former slave owners? . . .


3 posted on 07/14/2008 10:37:40 AM PDT by laweeks ( to)
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To: mojito

Maybe Obama will give the terrorists therapy.


4 posted on 07/14/2008 10:37:41 AM PDT by NeoCaveman (Free Lazamataz!! Some shipping and handling charges may apply, some assembly required)
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To: AU72

“There must be a root cause to Obama’s idiocy. “

It’s called Liberalism!


5 posted on 07/14/2008 10:38:11 AM PDT by princess leah
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To: mojito
"Most often, though, it grows out of a climate of poverty and ignorance, helplessness and despair."

Well this certainly fits with Osama Bin Laden's background, growing up as he did in an enormously wealthy family. /s

To the extent radical Muslims experience "helplessness and despair" it is mainly connected with their outrage that they cannot dominate and rule the entire world according to 7th century Islamic principles.
6 posted on 07/14/2008 10:38:23 AM PDT by Enchante (OBAMA: "That's not the Jesse Jackson I knew - leave my nuts alone, Jesse!!")
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To: mojito

And just what was it that provoked the Taliban to blow up 1,500 year old Buddhist statues in March of 2001?

The man is a useful idiot and a denier.


7 posted on 07/14/2008 10:39:24 AM PDT by weegee (Obama loves America like Bill loves Hillary.)
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To: mojito

This is as ridiculous as saying the terrorists took over the planes becasue they didn’t like the inflight movie.

What an idiot.


8 posted on 07/14/2008 10:39:43 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: princess leah

I disagree, it is called Socialism!


9 posted on 07/14/2008 10:39:53 AM PDT by Cathy
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To: mojito

Lord help us if this s**thead actually does somehow get elected President.


10 posted on 07/14/2008 10:40:03 AM PDT by Marathoner ("Only Hillary Clinton or Barak Obama can get me to vote for John McCain." Thomas Sowell)
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To: mojito

Ping for later so I can remember to send this to my addle-brained friends who still think that Lord Obama is the best thing since FDR.


11 posted on 07/14/2008 10:40:31 AM PDT by ssaftler
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To: ssaftler

Doesn’t Obama know it is not the poor muslims setting up the terrorism, it is the rich ones. Somehow I don’t empathy is what they are all about.


12 posted on 07/14/2008 10:42:04 AM PDT by DonaldC
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To: NeoCaveman

Yep, that’s what we need. Send more shrinks to Afghanistan. I’m sure they’ll be able to talk some ‘empathy’ into the guys chopping people’s heads off.


13 posted on 07/14/2008 10:42:31 AM PDT by farlander (Try not to wear milk bone underwear - it's a dog eat dog financial world)
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To: Enchante
You hit the nail on the head with that one.

“To the extent radical Muslims experience “helplessness and despair” it is mainly connected with their outrage that they cannot dominate and rule the entire world according to 7th century Islamic principles.” Enchante

Check my tagline. Consider that particular brilliant insight to be repeated without attribution whenever I can work it into the conversation.

14 posted on 07/14/2008 10:43:00 AM PDT by allmendream (shamelessly stealing clever FReeper lines without attribution!)
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To: mojito
There must be a root cause to Obama's idiocy.

Barack Hussein Obama II (born August 4, 1961) is the junior United States Senator from Illinois. He is the presumptive nominee of the Democratic Party in the 2008 presidential election, and the first African American to be a major party's presumptive nominee for President of the United States.

A graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School, Obama worked as a community organizer and practiced as a civil rights attorney before serving in the Illinois Senate from 1997 to 2004.

yep, there it is "A graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School"

15 posted on 07/14/2008 10:43:21 AM PDT by edzo4
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To: mojito
"We must also engage, however, in the more difficult task of understanding the sources of such madness"

The F we do. B. Hussien O., why don't you ask them. They're your homeys.

16 posted on 07/14/2008 10:44:34 AM PDT by McGruff (This is not the [insert name here] I knew.)
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To: mojito

No doubt Obama is just the one to understand madness.

Logic and reason simply escapes him.


17 posted on 07/14/2008 10:45:15 AM PDT by Carley
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To: allmendream

Thanks, feel free to use it in any way possible to get the word out!

That’s what all this angst and rage and despair from Muslims amounts to: those Muslims who want the rule the world and make all the rest of us either dead or dhimmis.


18 posted on 07/14/2008 10:45:42 AM PDT by Enchante (OBAMA: "That's not the Jesse Jackson I knew - leave my nuts alone, Jesse!!")
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To: mojito

The more time he has to expound his speechwriters’ policy positions the clearer it becomes Obama is either out of his gourd or has lost control of his own campaign.


19 posted on 07/14/2008 10:45:52 AM PDT by JerseyHighlander
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To: mojito
But, but, I thought 9/11 was an inside job!?

Crack was a government conspiracy to eradicate blacks, so it's not a great stretch to a government conspiracy to destroy the Twin towers solely to increase funds for the CIA, military, and counter-terrorist units - right?

The '9/11 Truthers' are gonna be unhappy with the Obambi.

20 posted on 07/14/2008 10:45:56 AM PDT by the anti-liberal (Write in: Fred Thompson)
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To: mojito

I fail to empathize with this socialist.


21 posted on 07/14/2008 10:47:35 AM PDT by Kevmo (A person's a person, no matter how small. ~Horton Hears a Who)
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To: mojito
I wish michelle’s next fist-bump would miss and smack him in his oddly-pointy jaw-chin.
22 posted on 07/14/2008 10:47:47 AM PDT by bannie
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To: Cathy
Liberalism and Socialism are synonymous.

I call Obambi's variety (Black Lib. Theology + Marxism [racism+classism]) Black Socialism.

23 posted on 07/14/2008 10:48:11 AM PDT by the anti-liberal (Write in: Fred Thompson)
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To: mojito

A shameless attempt to enlist 3000 dead Americans as recruiters for the global Marxist cause.


24 posted on 07/14/2008 10:48:39 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: McGruff

“We must also engage, however, in the more difficult task of understanding the sources of such madness”

Now he’s going to suggest all American’s must study psychology?


25 posted on 07/14/2008 10:48:43 AM PDT by angcat (Indian name "She who yells too much")
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To: princess leah
Meant to respond to you as well as Cathy.

Liberalism and Socialism are synonymous.

I call Obambi's variety (Black Lib. Theology + Marxism [racism+classism]) Black Socialism.

26 posted on 07/14/2008 10:49:37 AM PDT by the anti-liberal (Write in: Fred Thompson)
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To: mojito
There must be a root cause to Obama's idiocy.

Something to do with "Dreams from [his] Father" perhaps? -- a memoir in which his white, Christian mother and grandparents (who cared and raised him) are virtually absent!
27 posted on 07/14/2008 10:50:07 AM PDT by parisa
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To: mojito

Sounds like he WAS listening to Rev Wright!


28 posted on 07/14/2008 10:50:21 AM PDT by Perdogg
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To: mojito

>> “We must also engage, however, in the more difficult task of understanding the sources of such madness ...”

Understanding the enemies madness should never be a ‘however’ to self preservation and consequence.


29 posted on 07/14/2008 10:51:04 AM PDT by Gene Eric
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To: mojito
Obama:  "Such a failure of empathy, such numbness to the pain of a child or the desperation of a parent, is not innate; nor, history tells us, is it unique to a particular culture, religion, or ethnicity."

Chronological List of Islamic Terrorist Attacks, 1968 - 2004

1968

June 5 - U.S. presidential candidate Robert Kennedy murdered by Palestinian Sirhan Sirhan, in Los Angeles, which causes further terrorist attacks, as Arab terrorist groups demanded his release.

1969

Feb. 18 - Boeing 707 attacked at Zurich, Switzerland, killing the pilot and 3 passengers.

Aug. 29 - TWA 707 hijacked from Rome to Damascus, released with only wounded.

Nov. 27- EL AL office in Athens, Greece attacked. Innocent bystanders killed.

1970

Feb. 21 - Swiss airliner blown up over Switzerland, killing all 47 people on board.

Feb. 23 - PLO terrorists open fire on a busload of Christian pilgrims killing 1 and wounding 2 Americans.

April 21- Bomb explodes aboard a Philippines airliner. All 36 aboard are killed.

Sept. 6 - “Skyjack Sunday” in Jordan. 3 planes (TWA, Swissair, Pan Am) en route to the U.S. hijacked, 400+ hostages, planes blown up in Jordan, Governments agreed to PFLP’s demands, released terrorists from jails and hostages released.

Sept. 14 - The PFLP hijacked TWA flight to Ammon, 4 Americans injured.

1971
Nov. 28 - Jordanian prime minister Tal killed by terrorists at the Sheraton Hotel in Cairo, Egypt.

Dec. - Jordanian ambassador to London, England is shot by hit squad.

1972

Jan. 26 - Bomb explodes on a Yugoslav plane killing all but one passenger.

May 30 - Ben Gurion Airport, Israel attack killed 26, and wounded 78 U.S. citizens from Puerto Rico.

Sept. 5 - Palestinian terrorists seize 11 athletes in the Olympic Village in Munich, Germany, 9 hostages and 5 terrorists killed, plus David Berger from Cleveland.

1973

March 2 - Khartoum, Sudan. Cleo Noel, Jr., U.S. ambassador, and George C. Moore, U.S. diplomat, were held hostage and then killed by terrorists at the U.S. Embassy.

Aug. 5 - Suicide squad attacks Athens airport, Greece, killing 3 civilians and injuring 55.

Dec. 17 - Bomb explodes at Pan Am office at Rome, Italy killing 32 and injuring 50+. The terrorists take 7 Italian policemen hostage and hijack an aircraft to Athens, Greece, killing one of them.

1974

March 1 - Diplomats taken hostage from Saudi Arabian Embassy in Khartoum, Sudan, 2 that are killed are Americans.

April 11 - Kiryat Shmona Massacre at an apartment building killing 18 people, 9 were children.

Sept. 8 - Athens, Greece. TWA Flight 841 exploded from bomb in cargo hold, all 88 passengers killed, including 32-year-old Steven Lowe, an American citizen.

Nov. 23 - British DC-10 hijacked at Dubai, UAE, flown to Tunisia where a German passenger was killed.

1975

Jan. 19 - Arab terrorists attack Orly airport, Paris, France, seizing 10 hostages from a bathroom. French provided the terrorists with a plane to fly them to safety in Baghdad, Iraq.

Sept. 30 - Hungarian airplane explodes killing all 64 persons on board.

Dec. 21 - Carlos “The Jackal” holds 11 oil ministers and 59 civilians hostage during the OPEC meeting in Vienna, Austria. Flew to Algeria, got $300,000,000 in ransom money, Carlos and his Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine terrorists escape.

1976

Jan. 1 - 82 innocent travelers are killed aboard a Lebanese plane.

June 27 - Air France airliner hijacked, forced to fly to Uganda. Some 258 passengers and crew are held hostage. 3 passengers killed. July 4th, Israeli commandos rescue the remaining hostages.

Aug. 11 - Terrorists attack Istanbul airport, Turkey, killing 4 civilians (1 from U.S.) and injuring 20.

Dec. 4 - Terrorists occupied the Indonesian Embassy in The Hague, Netherlands, 1 official killed.

Dec. 14 - Passenger train hijacked and passengers were kept hostage, 3 were killed.

1977

Jan. 1 - F.E. Melov U.S. ambassador to Lebanon, and Robert O.Waring, the U.S. economic counselor, kidnapped and later killed in Beirut.

Oct. 13 - Palestinian terrorists hijack a Lufthansa Flight 181 Boeing 737 and order it to fly around a number of Middle East destinations for four days, pilot is killed by the terrorists, 90 hostages rescued.

1978

March 11 - Gail Rubin, niece of U.S. Senator Ribicoff, among 38 people shot to death by terrorists on a beach near Tel Aviv.

June 2 - A bomb kills 2 people at the CHOGM meeting in Sydney Australia.

1979

July 29 - Terrorist bombs two railway stations in Madrid, kills 7.

Nov. 4 - Terrorists seized the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and took 66 American diplomats hostage. 13 freed, but the remaining 53 were held until their release on January 20, 1981 - 444 days - at the inauguration of President Ronald Reagan.

1980

April 30 - Terrorists took over the Iranian Embassy in London, holding 26 hostages, 2 of whom died on May 5th after being tortured. Much of the embassy was destroyed by fire.

1981
April 19 - 13 people killed, 177 injured in a terrorist attack in Davao Philippines.

May 13 - Pope John Paul II seriously wounded in assassination attempt in Rome, Italy, by terrorist Mehmet Ali Agca.

Oct. 6 - Egyptian President Anwar Sadat machine gunned dead by Islamic Jihad in Cairo for working for peace. 7 others killed, 28 wounded. The assassins are later executed.

1982

Beginning of the 8 years of terrorism in Lebanon.

July 19 - David Dodge, President of the American University in Beirut kidnapped, spends one year in captivity.

Aug. 19 - Two American citizens, Anne Van Zanten and Grace Cutler, were killed along with 6 others when the PLO bombed a Kosher restaurant in Paris, France.

Sept. 14 - Lebanon’s President Gemayel and 26 others assassinated by a massive car bomb in Beirut.

1983

Mar. 16 - 5 Marines wounded in hand grenade attack on Beirut International Airport.

April 18 - CIA’s Middle East Director, and 83 others are killed, 120 injured in truck bomb on the US Embassy in Lebanon.

Sept. 29 - Gulf Air Flight 771 is bombed, explodes killing all 166 aboard.

Oct. 23 - Simultaneous suicide truck bombs in Lebanon: 1st crashed into lobby of US Marine Corps Headquarters, 241 Marines dead, 82 seriously injured - and 2nd was French compounds killing 58 paratroopers.

Dec. 12 - US Embassy in Kuwait targeted to destroy the building with a truck bomb, attack foiled by guards and the device killed 5 people and injured 80.

1984

Jan. 18 - Malcolm Kerr, President of the American University of Beirut, was killed by two Hizballah gunmen.

Mar. 8 - Rev. Weir and wife kidnapped in Lebanon and held for 16 months.

Mar. 9 - Car bomb kills 80 (22 Americans) and wounds more than 200 civilians when it drove past the checkpoint at the U.S. Embassy in Awkar.

Mar. 16 - Hizballah kidnapped, tortured and killed William Buckley, an officer at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut.

Apr. 12 - Hizballah bombed restaurant adjacent to US Air Force base in Torregon Spain, 18 servicemen killed and 83 Americans wounded.

Sept. 20- US embassy in the Beirut is bombed - 2 servicemen and 23 employees are killed, 21 Americans injured including the U.S. and British Ambassadors. 50+ Lebanese were injured.

Dec. 4 - Terrorists hijacked Kuwait Airlines Flight 221 and demanded the release from Kuwaiti jails of some members, serving sentences for attacks on French and American targets. 2 Americans murdered.

1985

March 16 - US journalist Terry Anderson kidnapped in Lebanon, finally released in Dec. 1991 - 6 years later.

April 5 - Bomb explodes outside Hezbollah headquarters in Beirut killing 80 people.

April 12 - Bombing of U.S. soldier’s favorite restaurant in Madrid, killing 18 and injuring 82.

June 14 - TWA Boeing 727 Flight 847 hijacked en route to Rome, 8 crew and 145 passengers were held for 17 days, U.S. Navy diver was murdered. After being flown twice to Algiers, the hostages were released after the US pressured to release 435 Lebanese and Palestinian prisoners.

Sept. 30 - Four Soviet diplomats kidnapped in Lebanon, 1 killed but other three released unharmed after a relative of the terrorist leader’s was kidnapped and killed by the Soviet KGB.

Oct. 7 - Terrorists seize the Italian cruise liner, Achille Lauro, during a cruise in the Mediterranean, taking more than 700 people hostage for 3 days. Disabled U.S. citizen, Leon Klinghoffer, was murdered in front of other hostages by throwing him in the ocean, before the Egyptian Government offered the terrorists safe haven in return for the hostages’ freedom.

Nov. 23 - 98 passengers and crew of an Egyptair Flight 648 are held hostage by Palestinian terrorists in Malta. 5 passengers shot, 2 died, later 57 additional passengers killed when the terrorists set off explosives in the aircraft.

Dec. 27 - Suicide grenade and gun attacks in passenger terminals at Rome and Vienna, Italy airports results in 16 people being killed plus 5 Americans and more than 100 civilians injured.

1986

March 30-April 2nd - A bomb exploded on a TWA flight 840 from Rome as it approached Athens airport. The attack killed 4 U.S. citizens who were sucked through a hole made by the blast, 1 infant, and 9 injured, although the plane safely landed.

April 6 - An explosion at the “La Belle” nightclub in Berlin, U.S. soldiers’ hang-out, was bombed, killing 3 and injuring 230 people, including 79 U.S. soldiers.

Sept. 5 - Pan Am Boeing 747 Flight 73 en route to Frankfurt and on to New York hijacked by Palestinian terrorists, with 379 passengers, including 89 Americans, 22 hostages killed, 127 wounded.

Sept. 9 - Hezballah kidnapped Frank Reed, President of American University in Beirut, and held for 44 months, and Joseph Cicippio, and Edward Tracy who were each held for 5 years.

Sept. 17 - A 10-month series of terrorist bomb attacks in France begins. One bomb in Paris kills 5 and injures 52.

1987

A car bomb exploded outside the back gate of the U.S. Embassy in Rome and rockets were fired at the compound from across the street. One passerby was injured in the attacks.

1988

Feb. 5 - US Marine Corps Lt. Colonel Higgens, Chief of the U.N. Truce Force kidnapped and murdered by Hezbollah.

March 16 - 4000+ Kurdish civilian bodies found after Saddam Hussein ordered nerve gas attack (weapon of mass destruction) in northern Iraq, after they revolted against his rule from Baghdad. 1.5 million relocated, 200,000 disappeared.

April 5 - 122 held hostage after a Kuwaiti Boeing 747 was hijacked and diverted to Iran, then Cyprus. Kuwait refused requests by hijackers to release 17 convicted terrorists. After 15 days the hijackers were granted asylum in Algeria and released their hostages.

June 26 - US Naval Attache killed in Athens, Greece.

Dec. 21 - Pan Am Flight 103 - Boeing 747 from London to New York, blown up over Lockerbie, Scotland, by a bomb. All 259 passengers and 11 on the ground were killed, including 35 Syracuse University students and many U.S. military personnel.

1989

June 12 - A bomb exploded aboard an unoccupied boat used by U.S. consular staff.

Sept. 19 - 171 passengers killed when French UTA flight 772 explodes in mid-air over Niger.

October 11 - Izmir, Turkey. A bomb went off outside a U.S. military PX.

1990

Feb. - Attack of tour bus in Egypt killing 11.

1991
Feb. 7 - Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, U.S. civilian contractor shot as he was getting into his car.

Oct. 28 - Ankara, Turkey. Victor Marwick, an American soldier serving at the Turkish-American base, Tuslog, was killed and his wife wounded in a car bomb attack.

Oct. 28 - Two car bombings killed a U.S. Air Force Sergeant and severely wounded an Egyptian diplomat in Istanbul.

Nov. 8 - Bomb destroyed part of the American University in Beirut, killing 1 and wounding 12.

1992

March 17 - Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina, destroyed by bomb killing 29, injuring 60.

Hotel in Yemen bombed and U.S. servicemen killed, Operation Restore Hope.

1993

Jan. 25, Virginia, U.S.A. A Pakistani terrorist opened fire with AK-47 on CIA employees standing outside the building. Two agents, Frank Darling and Bennett Lansing, were killed and 3 others wounded.

Feb. 26 - World Trade Center in New York badly damaged by a massive bomb by Islamic terrorists. The van bomb was planted in an underground garage and left 6 people dead and 1042 injured and almost � billion dollars in damage.

Feb. 26 - A bomb exploded inside a cafe in downtown Cairo killing 3, 18 wounded, 2 U.S. citizens.

July 5 - In 8 separate incidents, 19 Western tourists traveling in southeastern Turkey were kidnapped, including U.S. citizen Starger, after weeks in captivity, they were released.

Oct - Killing of U. S. soldiers in Somalia.

1994

July 18 - 86 civilians killed and 300 wounded in bomb attack on Jewish social centre in Buneos Aires, Argentina.

July 26 - Israeli Embassy in London is car-bombed, wounding 20.

Air France Flight 8969 is hijacked to crash the plane in Paris but didn’t succeed.
A small bomb explodes on board Philippine Airlines flight 434, killing a Japanese businessman.

1995

Jan. 22 - Islamic Jihad militants blow themselves up amid a group of soldiers near Netanya, killing 21. Operation Bojinka is discovered on a laptop in a Manila, Philippines apartment, in which Osama bin Laden was planning to blow up 12 planes as they flew to the U.S., plus kill the Pope.

March 8 - Attack on US Diplomats in Pakistan.

April 9 - Islamic Jihad suicide bomber attacks military convoy in Gaza, killing 7 soldiers and an American tourist.

May 5 - Five foreign oil workers murdered by Islamic GIA terrorists in Algeria.

June 26 - Assassination attempt made against Egyptian President Honsi Mubarak by Islamic radicals who ambushed his motorcade.

July 4 - Six tourists, including two U.S. citizens taken hostage in Kashmir, India. Terrorists demanded the release of Muslim militants held in Indian prisons. On Aug. 13 the decapitated body of the Norwegian hostage was found with a note stating that the other hostages also would be killed if the group’s demands were not met. They were not and all other hostages were killed in 1996 by the terrorists.

July 25 - Islamic terrorists explode bomb in metro station in Paris, France, killing 7 people and injuring 84.

Nov. 13 - Car bomb exploded at US Army Office of the Program Manager for Saudi Arabian National Guard Modernization, in Saudi Arabia, killing seven, five of them U.S. citizens, and wounding nearly a hundred.

Nov. 19 - Islamic radicals plant bomb in Egyptian embassy in Pakistan killing 17.

Dec. 11 - 15 concurrent car bombings in Algiers kill 15 civilians and over 200 injured.

1996

Feb. 11 - Terrorists explode car bomb in Algiers killing 17. The following month, 2 more killed in another bomb and 10 are killed in a train ambush in western Algeria.

Feb. 25 - A suicide bomber blew up a commuter bus in Jerusalem, killing 26, including 3 U.S. citizens, and injuring 80 others, among them another two U.S. citizens.

April 19 - Eighteen Greek tourists were gunned down near the historic Pyramids in Egypt by Islamic terrorists aiming to destroy the country’s tourist industry.

May - Osama bin Laden unites the Islamic Fundamentalists worldwide in their Jihad against Jews and Western Gentiles, such as al-Qaeda, Palestinian Authority, Hezbollah, Hamas, Mujahideen, using the Taliban’s organization to help fund the operations.

June 25 - Terrorists explode a truck bomb next to a USAF Khobar Towers housing facility at Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, killing 19 American servicemen and 515 injured including 240 U.S. personnel.

Islamic terrorists attack tourists in Luxor, Egypt, killing 71 people, most of them vacationers.

Aug. 26 - Sudan Airways A310 Airbus airliner hijacked en route to Jordan and diverted to England. British authorities negotiate with hijackers who release all the 13 crew and 180 passengers unharmed.

Dec. 3 - A bomb exploded aboard a Paris subway train, killing four and injuring 86 persons, including a U.S. citizen.

A terrorist opened fire on tourists at an observation deck atop the Empire State Building in New York City, killing a Danish national and wounding visitors from the US, Argentina, Switzerland and France before turning the gun on himself.

Dec. 23 - A car bomb in the Algerian capital, Algiers, kills three and injures 70 people in cafe near the port. Again a week later, a car bomb kills 28 people and injures 35 people. 3rd car bomb in the past two weeks, killing additional 13 people and injuring more than 250.

1997

Jan. 2 - Major cities worldwide and U.S. get letter bombs with Egyptian postmarks at newspaper bureaus in DC, New York, London, Riyadh, S.A., and Leavenworth, KN. Experts defused all but the 1 in London, injuring 2.

Jan. 7 to 21st - Islamic terrorist rampage during these 14 days with car bombs and beheadings in Algiers, total of 238 dead, 139 wounded.

Feb. 23 - Palestinian gunman opened fire on tourists at an observation deck atop the Empire State building in New York, killing 1 and wounding over a dozen visitors before turning the gun on himself.

March 7 - Two killed in bus bomb attack in Beijing, China.

April - Terrorists behead innocent civilians this whole month with a total of 272 murdered and over 100 injured. Knives, axes and chainsaws were used and many of the bodies were burned while still alive.

Sept. 18- 9 German tourists killed when Muslims fire bombed bus in Cairo, Egypt.

Nov. 12 - 2 Terrorists shot to death 4 U.S. auditors of a Texas petroleum company and their driver at a Sheraton Hotel in Karachi, Pakistan.

Nov. 17 - 58 western tourists killed and 30 injured in gun attack at historic monuments in southern Egypt. 6 of the Islamic terrorists are killed in shoot out with police.

1998

Jan. 15 - U.S. Embassy bombing in Peru.

Feb. 23 (Published) - A Statement signed by many Islamic Jihad Leaders from most Muslim countries, first by Sheikh Osamah Bin-Ladin: “…In compliance with God’s order, we issue the following fatwa to all Muslims:
The ruling to kill the Americans and their allies–civilians and military–is an individual duty for every Muslim who can, in any country in which it is possible… We — with Allah’s help — call on every Muslim who believes in God and wishes to be rewarded, to comply with Allah’s order to kill the Americans and plunder their money wherever and whenever they find it. Unless you go forth, Allah will punish you with a grievous penalty, and put others in your place.”

Aug. 7 - Simultaneous bombs in US Embassies in Kenya, and Tanzania, heavily damaged by massive attacks. In the Nairobi attack 292 people were killed, including 12 Americans, and 5,000 injured. 10 people were killed and 86 injured in Tanzania incident for a total of 302 dead, 5086 injured within an hour.

Aug. 25 - 3 people killed and 25 injured in bomb attack on Planet Hollywood restaurant in Cape Town, South Africa.

Dec. 28 - 16 Western tourists kidnapped, 12 Britons, 2 U.S. citizens, and 2 Australians on the main road to Aden, Yemen. Four victims were killed during a rescue attempt the next day.

1999

Aug. 31 to Sept. 22nd - Russian apartment bombings kill almost 300 and injured 100.

Oct. 31 - EgyptAir Flight 990 crashed off the U.S. coast of Massachusetts, killing all 217 people on board, including 100 Americans.

Nov. 12 - Six rockets were fired at the U.S. and U.N. offices in Islamabad, Pakistan.

Dec. - Millennium terror plots foiled as customs agents arrest a man smuggling in explosives. Plan to attack Los Angeles airport and other sites intercepted by CIA. Also Jordanian authorities foil a plot to bomb US tourists in Jordan, pick up 28 suspects.

Indian Airlines Flight 814, en route to Delhi, India is hijacked, 1 passenger is killed. After negotiations with the Taliban, the hostages are released.

2000

The last of the 2000 millennium attack plots fails, as the boat meant to bomb USS The Sullivans sinks.

Oct. 12 - A suicide boat exploded next to the U.S.S. Cole (guided-missile destroyer), blowing a hole 40 feet in diameter, killing 17 American sailors and injuring 39.

2001

Feb. 5 - A bomb blast in Moscow’s Byelorusskaya subway station injures 15 people.

March 28 - Bombing at bus stop in Yemen. U.S. citizens injured including a 15 year old boy from NY.

Aug. 9 - Bombing at Sbarro’s pizzeria, killed 15 and wounded over 90, 2 of which were U.S. citizens.

Sept. 11 - 4 U.S. jetliners hijacked and forced to crash into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon like missiles, and 1 crashed in Pennsylvania on the way to the Capital Building in D.C. In all, 266 people perished in the four planes, 2602 people were killed on the ground, plus 343 firefighters, and 184 people at the Pentagon. Almost 5000 injured, 500 rescue workers now have respiratory ailments. 7 buildings collapsed in NY and 23 damaged, plus 4 subway stations.

Paris embassy terrorist attack plot foiled

Oct. 27 - Darya Khanah bombed

Dec. 13 - Terrorist attack on Indian Parliament.

Dec. 22 - Richard Reid, attempting to destroy American Airlines Flight 63 from Paris to Miami, is subdued by passengers and flight attendants before he could detonate his shoe bomb.

2002

Jan. 27 - A Palestinian woman triggered a massive explosion in Jerusalem killing 1 Israeli and injuring more than 150, including American Mark Sokolow, his wife, and both teenage daughters. Sokolow had survived the 9-11 attack on the World Trade Center, escaping from his law office on the 38th floor of the South Tower before it collapsed.

Feb. 16 - Bombing in Karnei Shomron, in a group of teenage girls from the U.S. 2 killed, 4 wounded.

Singapore embassies terrorist attack plot foiled

March 24 - 20 people die and 93 injured in 3 bomb attacks on Russian towns near the border of Chechnya.

April - Explosion at most historic synagogue in Tunisia left 21 dead, most are German tourists.

May 9 - A bomb exploded in Dagestan kills 42 people and injures 130 during Victory Day festivities.

French oil tanker Limburg bombing off Yemen

Kidnapping and murder of journalist Daniel Pearl

Oct. 12 - Bali car bombing of holidaymakers in a nightclub kills 202 Australian citizens.

Zamboanga bombings in the Philippines<

Oct. 19 - Car bomb explodes at McDonald’s restaurant in Moscow, killing 1 person and wounding 5.

Oct. 23 - Moscow theater hostage crisis begins; 120 hostages and 40 terrorists killed in rescue 3 days later.

Nov. - Kenyan hotel suicide bombing kills 16 safari tourists.
Marines attacked / murdered in Kuwait

2003

May 10- Suicide bombers killed 36 (10 U.S. citizens), at housing compounds for westerners in Riyadh, S.A. Many wounded.

May 12 - attack outside U.S. Consulate in Karachi, Pakistan, killing 12.

May 14 - 16 die in a suicide bombing at a religious festival in southeastern Chechnya.

May - 4 bombs killed 33 tourists (8 U.S. citizens) in Casablanca, Morocco.

July 5 - 15 people die and 40 are injured in bomb attacks at a rock festival in Moscow.

Aug. 1 - An explosion at the Russian hospital in North Ossetia kills 50 people and injures 76.

Aug. - Suicide car bomb killed 12 and injured over 150 at Marriott Hotel in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Sept. 3- A bomb on a passenger train in southern Russia kills 7 people and injures 90.

Oct. 15 - Bombing of US diplomatic convoy in the Gaza Strip: 3 U.S. citizens killed.

Nov. - Explosions rocked a Riyadh, S.A. housing compound, killing 17.

Nov. - Truck bombs detonated at London bank and British consulate in Istanbul kills 26, injures 22.

Dec. 5 - Suicide bombers kill 46 people in an attack on a train in southern Russia.

Dec. 9 - A blast in the center of Moscow kills 6 people and wounds at least 11.

Bombings of United States expatriate housing compounds in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia kill 26 and injure 160.

Attacks in Casablanca, Morocco leaves 41 dead. The attack involved 12 bombers and 5 targets. The targets were “Western and Jewish”.

Istanbul Bombings: Within five days, truck bombs go off at two synagogues, the British Consulate, and the HSBC Bank in Istanbul, Turkey

2004

109 Kurds are killed in 2 suicide bombings in Arbil, Iraq

Feb. 6 - Bomb on Moscow subway kills 41.

Feb. 27 - Superferry 14 is bombed in the Philippines by Abu Sayyaf, killing 116.

March 11 - 10 Simultaneous bombings of busiest rush hour commuter trains in Madrid, Spain kills 202 people and injures more than 1,400.

April 21 - Bombing of a security building in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia kills 5.

May 29 - Al-Khobar massacres–Islamic terrorists kill 22 people and one American at an oil compound in Saudi Arabia.

June 8 - Robert Jacobs, a US defense contractor employee is assassinated at his home in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia by Al-Qaeda terrorists.

June 11 - Terrorists kidnap and execute Paul Johnson, Jr. in Riyadh.

Aug. 24 - Russian airplane bombings kill 90.

Aug. 31 - A blast near a subway station entrance in northern Moscow, caused by a suicide bomber, kills 10 people and injures 33.

Sept. 1 - 3 - Beslan school hostage crisis in North Ossetia, Russia results in over 330 dead.

Sept. 9 - Australian embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia was bombed, killing 9 people.

Oct. 7 - 3 car bombs explode in the Sinai Peninsula hotel, killing 32 and wounding 114, most of them tourists.

30 posted on 07/14/2008 10:51:37 AM PDT by Always Right (Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?)
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To: farlander

An Obama administration:

Secretary of State: Oprah

Secretary of Defense: Dr. Phil


31 posted on 07/14/2008 10:51:43 AM PDT by NeoCaveman (Free Lazamataz!! Some shipping and handling charges may apply, some assembly required)
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To: ssaftler
Your addle-brained friends, as a consequence of being addle-brained, will agree completely with Obambi's view despite evidence to the contrary.

Bet you.

32 posted on 07/14/2008 10:51:47 AM PDT by the anti-liberal (Write in: Fred Thompson)
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To: mojito
There must be a root cause to Obama's idiocy.

It is an inability to see that the world is filled with people whose primary characteristic is evil.

This is why Bambi is so pro-criminal. He can't accept that all the incarcerated constituents in his Chicago state Senate district are not primarily victims (of poverty) as much as they are just plain lacking in morality and decency.

Never has anyone so naive and dangerous been so close to the presidency.

33 posted on 07/14/2008 10:51:56 AM PDT by freespirited (Never vote for a man who gets his nails done.)
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To: mojito
"We must also engage, however, in the more difficult task of understanding the sources of such madness...

Obama should know this 1st hand!


34 posted on 07/14/2008 10:52:00 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: mojito

You wouldn’t have to break much of a sweat to convince me that Obama was the 21st hijacker.


35 posted on 07/14/2008 10:52:29 AM PDT by Niteranger68 (Obama is the feces created when shame eats too much stupidity.)
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To: mojito

Any responses other than we’re going to eradicate every last one of these murdering expletives is completely unacceptabble. When a bunch deranged, religious idiots from the seventh century slaughter thousands of your countrymen, you don’t worry about their feelings.


36 posted on 07/14/2008 10:52:58 AM PDT by driftless2
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To: mojito
Obama has sympathy for international terrorism.

He is a domestic enemy to the people of the United States, and he poses a severe threat to international security.

From his twenty year fellowship with his black racist "church" to his relationship with violent anarchist Bill Ayers and sleazy slumlord Tony Rezko, Barack Obama has spent his entire life socializing with evil people who want to destroy the American way of life.

Michelle Obama is the nastiest racist to ever enter the American political spotlight, and she has nothing but sheer hatred for white Americans.

They must be stopped.


37 posted on 07/14/2008 10:54:03 AM PDT by Prole (Pray for the families of Chris and Channon.)
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To: DonaldC
"Somehow I don’t empathy is what they are all about."

Actually, I think empathy is what they are all about - empathy with their 'religion,' to the exclusion of all else. That and a sexually frustrated desire for 72 white raisins, er, I mean virgins.

38 posted on 07/14/2008 10:54:36 AM PDT by the anti-liberal (Write in: Fred Thompson)
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To: mojito
“We must also engage, however, in the more difficult task of understanding the sources of such madness”

I can give it to you in seven words, NOBAMA - They want to KILL everyone not a Muslim.

If this moron is elected, we're doomed.

39 posted on 07/14/2008 10:54:55 AM PDT by Right Cal Gal (Abraham Lincoln would have let Berkeley leave the Union without a fight)
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To: Always Right
After the letter to Carly Fiorina is a 'summary of the first 100 years of Islam'

What Arab Civilization?

40 posted on 07/14/2008 10:58:55 AM PDT by the anti-liberal (Write in: Fred Thompson)
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To: TexasCajun; mojito
Obama is not free. The truth will set him free.


41 posted on 07/14/2008 10:59:40 AM PDT by Lady Jag ( I dreamed I surfed all day in my monthly donor wonder bra - https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate)
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To: mojito
the first paragraph is boilerplate lifted from some official news releases.

the second is where the CAIR talking points start.

Obama, you're freaking out.

42 posted on 07/14/2008 10:59:48 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (maybe apes evolved from people.)
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To: mojito
it grows out of a climate of ... despair."

Osama was desperate, all right - for his brand of Islam to dominate the world. The "empathy" to such "despair" is called submission or dhimmihood.
43 posted on 07/14/2008 11:01:36 AM PDT by alecqss
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To: mojito
Obama’s comments display an appalling disconnect from reality.

No, they reflect an appalling discipleship of Jeremiah Wright for 20 years.
44 posted on 07/14/2008 11:01:51 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, John 11:25, 14:6, 1 Tim 2:5, John 3:17-18, John 20:31, 1 John 5:13, John 6:69)
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To: F15Eagle

The 9/11 attack happend because of DIVERSITY & MULTI-CULTURALISM.

If this people were never in the US to begin with we wouldn’t have had this problem.


45 posted on 07/14/2008 11:02:58 AM PDT by Transformers
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To: mojito
He gets it wrong right from the very beginning.

Even as I hope for some measure of peace and comfort to the bereaved families....

It was the nation that was hit, it was the entire nation that was grieving, not just the families of those who were slaughtered in the name of Allah. Those who love this country took this very, very personally. He just does not get it. He just is not one of us.

46 posted on 07/14/2008 11:03:50 AM PDT by Bahbah (Typical white person-Snow white)
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To: mojito
"We will have to be unwavering in opposing bigotry or discrimination directed against neighbors and friends of Middle Eastern descent."

Obama's Interpretation: "We Americans are such racists that we can't help ourselves by lashing out at our minorities..."

VOMIT!

47 posted on 07/14/2008 11:04:46 AM PDT by frogjerk (Barry Hussein is Neville Chamberlain)
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To: Always Right

Thanks for posting that list of terrorist attacks.


48 posted on 07/14/2008 11:05:29 AM PDT by Lady Jag ( I dreamed I surfed all day in my monthly donor wonder bra - https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate)
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To: Tijeras_Slim
Even more than an idiot, Obama proves yet again that he is dangerous to the national interest. This man doesn't say a word about the love he feels for America. He just blames global poverty on us. These are his thoughts on what took place on 9/11 and it gives me the hackles.
49 posted on 07/14/2008 11:06:06 AM PDT by ishabibble (ALL-AMERICAN INFIDEL)
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To: Prole

Agreed. But, what can we do as Americans to stop him? If enough of the sheeple vote for him, there is nothing that can be done. Besides, dontcha know that IF he is outvoted, then he will find a way to sue his way into the White House because it will be racism that stops him.


50 posted on 07/14/2008 11:07:17 AM PDT by Arkansas Toothpick
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