A history of the war on terrorism | SummitDaily.com

A history of the war on terrorism

World War II didn’t begin with the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. Neither did our war on terrorism begin on 9/11.The conflict between Islam and the West can be traced back 1,000 years to the Crusades launched by Roman Catholic popes who coveted control of the Holy Land. That was long before George Washington ever crossed the Delaware or two-thirds of the planet’s oil supply was discovered under the feet of tribal Arabs.The church’s Crusades evolved into the Inquisition, followed later by the Barbary Wars and the European colonial conquests over the last two centuries.America’s first involvement didn’t occur until 1815 when marines were sent to fight Muslim “pirates” on “the shores of Tripoli.”Robert F. Kennedy may have been our first casualty in this century when he was assassinated by Jordanian-born Sirhan Sirhan after advocating the supply of 50 F-4 Phantom jet fighters to Israel (1968).Although not a comprehensive list, subsequent events included: the first Arab oil embargo (1973) in response to U.S. support of Israel in the Arab-Israeli war, the Iranian hostage crisis (1979), the Gulf of Sidra incidents (1981 and 1989), the U.S. barracks truck bombing in Lebanon with 241 marines killed (1983), the highjacking of the Achille Lauro cruise ship (1986), the U.S. bombing of Tripoli (1987), U.S. support for Iraq in its war against Iran, an Iraqi Mirage missile attack on the USS Stark (1987), the Iranian jetliner shot down by a U.S. warship (1988), the Pan Am flight 103 bombing over Lockerbie, Scotland (1988), operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm (1990), the first World Trade Center bombing and attack at the CIA building in Washington DC (1993), U.S. support of the Kremlin against the Chechens (1994), the Khobar Towers bombing in Saudi Arabia with 19 Americans killed (1996), the bombing of U.S. embassies in Africa (1998), the U.S. bombing (aka) Monica Missiles) of Islamic guerilla training camps in Afghanistan (1998), the bombing of American franchised Planet Hollywood in Cape Town, South Africa, (1998), and the bombing of the USS Cole in the Port of Yemen with 17 sailors killed (2000).For those who still imagine that the March 2003 invasion of Iraq was a pre-emptive strike, don’t forget the U.S. bombing of Iraq on Dec. 16, 1998, that killed about 2,000. I’m sure that you can explain what President Clinton meant when he stated that it was “to protect the national interest of the United States.”

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