If you like it when evil terrorist masterminds get what’s coming to them, yesterday was a stellar day. Imad Mughniyeh, one of the world’s most elusive and wanted terrorists, took one for the glorious Islamist cause when he and his car were blown to kingdom come. The only thing that could have made it better would have been if it had happened on Valentine’s Day, but you can’t have everything.
In case the name Mughniyeh isn’t ringing any bells, he was a one-time Hezbollah “security chief” who was suspected of masterminding attacks that, among other things, killed hundreds of Americans. Those attacks include, but are not limited to, the following:
The 1983 car bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Beirut (63 dead, including 17 Americans); the 1983 suicide truck bombing of the barracks of U.S. and French peacekeeping forces in Beirut (241 Marines and 59 French paratroopers killed); the hijacking of TWA flight 847, during which U.S. Navy diver Robert Stethem was shot and dumped on the tarmac of the Beirut (where else?) airport; kidnappings galore, including AP Mideast correspondent Terry Anderson, who was released in 1991 after six years in captivity and CIA station chief William Buckley, who was tortured and killed by his captors in 1985.
As happy as we all should be over the richly deserved death of this monster, there is a bit of mystery surrounding it in that no one has claimed responsibility. Was it Israel? Was it the United States? Was it some rival terrorist faction? We may never know.
But Hezbollah knows where to lay the blame regardless of any possible conflicting reality and vowed to retaliate against Israeli targets anywhere in the world. Hey, isn’t that what they work at doing anyway, seven days a week, 365 days a year? So what’s changed?
Anyway, all decent people should be thrilled that Mughniyeh is gone. But not all people are decent, or, to be more kind, some people are, shall we say, morally confused, as I found out while listening to conservative radio talk show host Michael Medved yesterday, who was in a celebratory mood over the news of Mughniyeh’s richly gratifying extirpation.
Medved specializes in taking calls from people who disagree with him, presumably because it makes for rousing debate rather than just a bunch of preaching to the choir. But it gets a bit frustrating when he takes a call from someone who is a complete moral idiot incapable of distinguishing between good and evil and keeps her on the line for ten minutes, causing me to scream at the radio till I’m hoarse.
The female caller, in an infuriatingly condescending tone of voice, chastised Medved for celebrating the death of a “human being” and then went on with a typical leftist litany of the crimes of the United States, which were presumably the reason for the existence of terrorism in the first place. When asked what should have been done about Mughniyeh, her response was, “Leave him alone.”
The next caller, another moral moron, basically reiterated what the woman had said and I had to change the station before I ran off the road in a state of enraged exasperation.
Almost as disturbing as the terrorists and their despicable actions are the legions of Americans who, since the 1960s, have been rendered incapable of rational thought and bereft of moral clarity. It’s a lead pipe cinch they’re all voting for Obama who wants to meet face-to-face with the world’s premier dictators, as well as have a summit with Muslim countries in order to improve the United States’ image, as if it’s our image that needs improving and not the other way around.
It’s almost enough to make a person give up listening to talk radio, but then if you follow what’s going on at all, there’s simply no escape from the crazies. One has to be fearful for the country and extremely apprehensive about who becomes the next president. But for today, anyway, savor the news of Mughniyeh’s timely annihilation and look forward to the next such act of justice and moral clarity.
Greg Strange provides conservative commentary with plenty of acerbic wit on the people, politics, events and absurdities of our time. See more at his website: http://www.greg-strange.com/.