Why Suspect All Muslims As
A Good Case For Profileing
-- November 1979: Muslim extremists (Iranian variety) seized the U.S.
embassy in Iran and held 52 American hostages for 444 days, following
Democrat Jimmy Carter's masterful foreign policy granting Islamic
fanaticism its first real foothold in the Middle East.
-- 1982: Muslim extremists (mostly Hezbollah) began a nearly decade-long
habit of taking Americans and Europeans hostage in Lebanon, killing
William Buckley and holding Terry Anderson for 6 1/2 years.
-- April 1983: Muslim extremists (Islamic Jihad or possibly Hezbollah)
bombed the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, killing 16 Americans.
-- October 1983: Muslim extremists (Hezbollah) blew up the U.S. Marine
barracks at the Beirut airport, killing 241 Marines.
-- December 1983: Muslim extremists (al-Dawa) blew up the U.S. Embassy
in Kuwait, killing five and injuring 80.
-- September 1984: Muslim extremists (Hezbollah) exploded a truck bomb
at the U.S. Embassy annex in Beirut, killing 24 people, including two
-- December 1984: Muslim extremists (probably Hezbollah) hijacked a
Kuwait Airways airplane, landed in Iran and demanded the release of the
17 members of al-Dawa who had been arrested for the bombing of the U.S.
Embassy in Kuwait, killing two Americans before the siege was over.
-- June 14, 1985: Muslim extremists (Hezbollah) hijacked TWA Flight 847
out of Athens, diverting it to Beirut, taking the passengers hostage in
return for the release of the Kuwait 17 as well as another 700 prisoners
held by Israel. When their demands were not met, the Muslims shot U.S.
Navy diver Robert Dean Stethem and dumped his body on the tarmac.
-- October 1985: Muslim extremists (Palestine Liberation Front backed by
Libya) seized an Italian cruise ship, the Achille Lauro, killing
69-year-old American Leon Klinghoffer by shooting him and then tossing
his body overboard.
-- December 1985: Muslim extremists (backed by Libya) bombed airports in
Rome and Vienna, killing 20 people, including five Americans.
-- April 1986: Muslim extremists (backed by Libya) bombed a discotheque
frequented by U.S. servicemen in West Berlin, injuring hundreds and
killing two, including a U.S. soldier.
-- December 1988: Muslim extremists (backed by Libya) bombed Pan Am
Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing all 259 on board and 11 on
-- February 1993: Muslim extremists (al-Gama'a al-Islamiyya, possibly
with involvement of friendly rival al Qaeda) set off a bomb in the
basement of the World Trade Center, killing six and wounding more than
-- Spring 1993: Muslim extremists (al-Gama'a al-Islamiyya, the Sudanese
Islamic Front and at least one member of Hamas) plot to blow up the
Lincoln and Holland tunnels, the U.N. complex, and the FBI's lower
-- November 1995: Muslim extremists (possibly Iranian "Party of God")
explode a car bomb at U.S. military headquarters in Saudi Arabia,
killing five U.S. military servicemen.
-- June 1996: Muslim extremists (13 Saudis and a Lebanese member of
Hezbollah, probably with involvement of al Qaeda) explode a truck bomb
outside the Khobar Towers military complex, killing 19 American
servicemen and injuring hundreds.
-- August 1998: Muslim extremists (al Qaeda) explode truck bombs at U.S.
embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, killing 224 and injuring thousands.
-- October 2000: Muslim extremists (al Qaeda) blow up the U.S. Navy
destroyer USS Cole, killing 17 U.S. sailors.
-- Sept. 11, 2001: Muslim extremists (al Qaeda) hijack commercial
aircraft and fly planes into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a
field in Pennsylvania, killing nearly 3,000 Americans.