First Suicide Attack—Recalling the deadly 1983 attack

Reagan cut and run and it embolden the terrorist to this day…they believe that we do not have the stomach of a war of attrition.

Thirty years ago today, Americans were devastated by the news of a massive terrorist attack in Lebanon that killed 241 American servicemen. Early on a Sunday morning terrorists drove an explosive laden truck….


Source: Recalling the deadly 1983 attack on the Marine barracks

Slowly the creeping tentacle of terrorism clawed itself to the US……and the rest,as they say, is history.


6 thoughts on “First Suicide Attack—Recalling the deadly 1983 attack

  1. A few determined men prepared to die for their cause can always be sure to inflict such damage on any armed forces, anywhere. Decades later, it still goes on, and we have never really learned any way to counter such fanaticism.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. As they say, it’s a fine line between terrorist and patriot. One can also suggest whether we should have been there to begin with.. or, if we are going to be somewhere in the world that maybe we should quit prancing around thinking the mere presence of an American soldier is going to make people “behave”.. and then we transfer that complete arrogance into not protecting our soldiers while overseas from as many threats as possible but rather assuming “no one would dare blow up an entire building full of Marines”.
    I’m sorry, gentlemen.. I am very tired of our national arrogance in thinking we need to slam democracy down everyone’s throats and expect everyone to comply. The soldiers always pay the price.

    I’ve met two people in my life who were in Beirut at the time.. the last one was a fellow worker when I was in Vegas a couple years ago. He had been walking down the road about a block away when it happened. He still gets a measure of PTSD treatment from having to pull his busted and smashed up Marine buddies from the wreckage.

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