Negotiating for Prisoners’..?
Perhaps there are enough of us around (over 30 yrs.) that can easily remember the tumultuous times of excessive hijacking. Most of these very dangerous times were in the late 1970s which in turn — due to the volume, and critical loss of life by both — hijacker’s and their hostages had people up on Capitol Hill running relentlessly trying to figure out something that would work.
We believe that these hijacking episodes were the beginning of the basis of terror. We’re also sure that many other common events that occurred during the 1970-80s could also be linked up to terrorist activity; however this writing places its focus on the hijacking years.
It was awful — people, special interest groups, weather forecasters, especially those involved in the airline business — it seemed were always discussing what airline routes had been cancelled, what airlines began losing money, and finally, which airline was not safe to use.
We will never forget the ultimate price that Robert Stethem paid in the most heinous homicide that did not need to happen were it not for some real crazies. On June 14, 1985 Stethem boarded a flight onto his way home after a short tour was completed in Greece. Robert Stethem was killed by Hezbollah militants during the hijacking of the commercial airliner he was aboard, TWA Flight 847. When their demands were not met, Stethem, as a member of the US military, was targeted, beaten, and tortured. Finally, the hijackers shot him and dumped his body onto the tarmac at the Beirut airport.
It should be noted for those who are studying the Middle East that Hezbollah was conceived by Muslim clerics and funded by Iran following the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 1982, and was primarily formed to offer resistance to the Israeli occupation. Its leaders were followers of Ayatollah Khomeini, and its forces were trained and organized by a contingent of 1,500 Iranian Revolutionary Guards that arrived from Iran with permission from the Syrian government. This all seems just a bit coincidental with matters unique to prisoner exchanges that go on without Congressional approval or knowledge by the current corrupt administration.
Having established who, what, where, and when Hezbollah was listed on the International Terrorist List (countries) we now move to Yemen and what appears highly likely given the “pardons” by President Barack Obama alone.
The ongoing instability in Yemen is throwing another hurdle at President Obama’s plans to close Guantanamo Bay. The defense secretary confirmed that the administration will not send any Gitmo detainees to Yemen for the foreseeable future, Catherine Herridge, Fox News reported.
Herridge said there are new fears that the detainees who have been freed will rejoin al Qaeda in Yemen. She also said that nearly two-thirds of the remaining detainees at Guantanamo Bay are from Yemen. Herridge added that during the State of the Union address this week, “the president held out Yemen again as an example of the kind of partnership they want to have in the future. This kind of no U.S. boots on the ground and the training of security forces there. “Furthermore, she remarked that there is no certainty that a new government will continue working with the U.S.
If there is anything we’ve missed in our small paper here, please feel free to join in and comment. Otherwise it is very important to understand that The European Union, Canada and the United States formerly listed the MEK as a terrorist organization, but this designation has since been lifted, first by the Council of the European Union in January 26, 2009 (following what the group called a “seven-year-long legal and political battle”), then by a decision by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on September 21, 2012 and lastly by a decision by the Canadian government on December 20, 2012. Please remember the saying, “The USA Does Not negotiate anything for prisoners”…Ronald Reagan