Friday, September 14, 2012

Those Who Don't Know History

A friend of mine on Facebook has the following posted on my news feed:
There are so many things wrong with this, I'm not even sure where to begin.

In 1985, a German disco was bombed.  Among the dead were several American service personnel. The Reagan Administration advertised to the whole world that Libya was responsible.  After several months of discussions, several American F-111 Fighter Bombers flew from Great Britain around the Iberian Peninsula and attacked targets in Libya, including Moammar Qaddafi's house.  Among the dead was Qaddafi's young daughter.

Within a few days of the attacks, it was revealed that the Germans had determined the disco bombing was carried out by Syrian operatives.  It didn't take too long for American officials to admit, on the record, that they goofed.

A couple days before Christmas, 1988, an Eastern Airlines flight from Germany to the United States exploded in midair, the pieces landing in Scotland.  Among the dead were several students from Syracuse University, returning from studying abroad for a semester.  Claiming jurisdiction because the bombing occurred in their air space, the British determined the perpetrators were Libyan.  When confronted, the Qaddafi regime admitted involvement, claiming the bombing was a reprisal for the 1986 attack by the Americans, carried out from bases on British soil.

As for the whole apology thing, I'm still waiting for someone to tell me who apologized to whom, when, for what, and how even if that happened, it has anything to do with the deaths of four American diplomats.

I don't care if you don't like Barack Obama.  I don't care if you think Ronald Reagan was a Great President.  I don't even care if you think, somehow, Barack Obama bears responsibility for the deaths of those diplomats.  I do care, however, that there continue to be people who perpetuate made-up events and pass them off as reasons for holding whatever political opinions they might have.

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