Beirut 30 Years Ago Today: We Remember But What Did We Learn?

Beirut 30 Years Ago Today: We Remember But What Did We Learn?

Thirty years ago today 220 Marines, 18 Navy personnel and three Army soldiers were killed and another 60 were injured in the first attack on American barracks.

Beirut, 30 years ago today
Beirut, 30 years ago today

Thirty years ago today I began my transformation from an anti-capitalist-property destroying-environmentalist-military-scoffing liberal to a conservative.  The light bulb that went off in my head isn’t interesting or special….I merely was growing up and still had a lot of events to witness and experience to complete the transformation.   

Thirty years is a long time, enough time that a whole generation has grown up, barely, if at all, aware of the carnage that occurred in Beirut.  It’s something that is probably not even mentioned in Civics class (do they teach that anymore?) and if it is, I’m betting it’s followed by a compassioned plea for tolerance by a teacher my age that didn’t completely grow up and is still steeped in a tea of willful ignorance and childlike fantasy that all people just need to be accepting of one another and no one will be harmed.

For all the combined efforts of Christians, Jews, and Muslims, Islamic terrorists still want to eliminate all other religions – they still want to kill us.  They want to establish Islam as the one and ONLY religion.  There is NO room or “tolerance” for any other.  Could it be any clearer?  How many more terrorist attacks on Americans and other Christians and Jews do we have to witness and mourn before we stop coddling and explaining evil and blaming ourselves?  What makes some Americans so eager to look at these attacks as retribution for something WE did?  Islamic apologists want America to change. To be understanding and accepting of the reasons terrorists act out so violently…but I see little evidence of them dealing with the “extremists”, for all their very public blathering and their cadre of supporters.

And before an apologist gets all hot and bothered and ready to share their opinions about what America does to prompt terrorist attacks, save your outrage for your own politicians calling Americans terrorists, ok?   You see, I want us to WIN and I want us to LIVE.  I’m not interested in making nice with murderers.  WE are the good guys.  THEY are the bad guys.

Nope.  Islamic terrorists made clear their plans for America thirty years ago and they haven’t relented.

They’ve spread, they’ve multiplied and they’ve continued pounding away, taking innocent life while complicit apologizing American politicians and media excuse it.

As we continue to bury the aging Greatest Generation that fought against the heinous evil that is Nazism and saved our undeserving asses, we also bury our current warriors that also fight against another evil that would make Hitler seem like a pre-school teacher.  It’s hard for apologist liberals to even understand the concept of good vs. evil, but there it is.  When you celebrate diversity, you soon lose your own identity and exceptionalism and you still get murdered.

Thirty years ago we buried other warriors, murdered in their beds as they slept.  Again, we pause and mourn and vow we will never forget.

But I say, we never learned.


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  • GWB says:

    An astaslem! I will not submit!

    Sadly, Catherine, many have not learned the lessons that need to be learned – even after all this time. I dread the day we have to say “I told you so.”

    • Catherine Wilkinson says:

      GWB…agreed. And here’s the thing. Liberals don’t want to acknowledge that evil even exists. They love moral relativism….because it excuses all kinds of behavior.

      • GWB says:

        It also gives them power, Catherine – the power to decide who is right and who is wrong. And the power to make Machiavellian alliances as necessary to accrue more power.

        The failure to learn is two-fold, however. It is not just the failure to comprehend who the enemy is, but the failure to understand how to interact with those who would kill or enslave us. It is a typical progressive failure to not understand that some people just can’t be reasoned with/talked to/negotiated with. In their view, enough money/talk/education/programs/regulation/negotiation can overcome any problem. And, that just isn’t so.

  • Jodi G. says:

    Excellent, Catherine. We haven’t learned, and our politicians and bleeding hearts are complicit. No doubt about it.

  • Merle says:

    Some HAVE learned and some have not forgotten the lessons of the past. Some of my co-workers think I am radical because of my views on terrorists, etc. I refuse to “just talk to them” and my position is I only want to see one thru a rifle sight.


  • Dejah Thoris says:

    Katie Couric: “What do you feel when you shoot an insurgent?”
    Marine: “Recoil.”

    Clone that dude and breed more like him.. Because the enemy that is willing to blow themselves up to kill you deserves extermination.

    And thanks for joining our side.

    • GWB says:

      Do be careful, though, Dejah. Remember the door gunner from Full Metal Jacket?

      Private Joker: How can you shoot women or children?
      Door Gunner: Easy! Ya just don’t lead ’em so much! Ain’t war hell?

      We don’t want to give the other ide too much rhetorical ammunition. 😉

    • Merle says:

      UMM, if that was intended for me I have been on your side – ever since my first tour of Viet Nam.


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