Thursday, July 30, 2009
There is a bill H.Res 111 to set up a select committee to oversee all POW/MIA activity
A part of the bill
Sec. 2. The select committee shall conduct a full investigation of all unresolved matters relating to any United States personnel unaccounted for from the Vietnam era, the Korean conflict, World War II, Cold War Missions, Persian Gulf War, Operation Iraqi Freedom, or Operation Enduring Freedom, including MIA's and POW's missing and captured.
You can read the entire bill here
As of today the bill has 206 cosponsors read the list here
Contact your representatives, ask them to cosponsor this important legislation if they are not
already show on the list.
Ask them to push to get the bill out of committee and to vote for passage when it reaches the
Our country must do everything possible to determine where and demand return of all
POW/MIA's or their remains from ALL conflicts.
Give closure to the families and loved ones who still do not know the final story of these brave men and women.
If the links do not work properly go to Thomas(Library of Congress) and do a search for
H. Res 111 for the 111th congress.
National Vice Chairman
American Cold War Veterans, Inc.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
It is quite an eye opener.
You can read the full article here
This will just get you started.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder [PTSD] became a household name in the early 1980’s. As the wife of a former military man and a veteran, I was compelled to learn all I could about it. On one occasion I told my husband I suspected he had PTSD. He denied it, telling me our problems were all because of me and my independence. Yes, I was a feminist, and the longer I lived with him, the more defiant I became to make my own way. Nevertheless, I did not have the courage to end our marriage and I stayed with him because I loved him and I was afraid he would not survive without me. In early 2000, he met a Vietnam Veteran on the golf course.
Together, they bonded as brothers. With the acceptance of their friendship, my husband has recognized the behaviors he battles daily are a reflection of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. He met with a representative of Veterans Affairs in 2001 or 2002, and is still battling to get the benefits he was promised. PTSD is his daily battle and there are times he actually wants to run away from himself. If only the VA could live with him for one week they would understand how painful his emotional wounds are. If only the VA could hold him during the flashbacks.
In many ways, my soldier husband is still in Vietnam, never to return. On one occasion my husband met with a VA rep only to be told, and I quote, “It doesn’t help your case that you are still with your first wife.” When my husband expressed his comment to me, I was outraged, wanting the name, phone number, and contact information. My husband did not share it with me, but I can certainly educate others into the scenarios I discover.
Recently, I became involved with Veterans-for-Change (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/VETERANS-FOR-CHANGE/), a non-profit group that desires to wake up Congress and fulfill the promises made to Veterans. As a member of Veterans-For-Change, an expanding vocal group for Veterans rights, benefits, and treatment, I as well as my co-members and veterans nationwide, are extremely upset that the VA appears to ignore the veterans.
In March 2008, my husband traveled to Columbia, SC to appeal a decision from the VA. Now, he is told his file is in Washington, still awaiting a decision. My concern is not just for my husband, but for all veterans. Just how long does it take for a veteran to get the physical, emotional, mental, and monetary care he or she needs so life can return to normalcy? Now that I am an active participant with Veterans-for-Change I recognize there is a multitude of complaints that must be addressed by Congress or the Veterans Affairs.
My mission is to write about these scenarios and to share with my readers. When called to duty, to service America and its freedom, our Veterans stood tall, fought the battles, and now when needing our service the most, the VA ignores, or procrastinates to service their needs. This is a disgrace to all serving in the military.
Veterans-for-Change repeatedly hears stories from military veterans about the lack of care with the VA, along with the intense emotional battle, just to get benefits. Repeatedly, veterans are either denied, or their files are placed on hold, sometimes for years. Many of these claims are for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder [PTSD]; lack of properly sanitized and sterilized medical equipment used for testing and physicals; and Blue Water Navy Dioxin Exposure and Agent Orange.
PTSD: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
VA Physicians are being instructed to deny or misdiagnose PTSD, or they are simply ignoring the signs, over medicating or improperly medicating, and simply not even looking into alternative ways of dealing with PTSD. Many Veterans are left to feel as if no one cares, or no one listens to their symptoms. Instead of listening, or asking probing questions, the medical practitioner prescribes a drug and it appears that the VA has a drug for every ailment.
We as Americans must take a stand to service and understand our soldiers and Veterans, not simply remove their weapons, dust them off, and refer them to another source of treatment, or someone else at the VA. We must learn to listen and stop the habit of prescribing drugs for every ailment. Veterans are not pin cushions or guinea pigs. We promised our Veterans benefits, freedom, and a better life, not simply prescribed drugs by doctors who react by overwriting prescriptions, instead of listening to their emotional ailments. Is this the way the VA strives to help our Veterans?
Just simply prescribing a drug in hopes the Veteran will feel better in the morning? Post Traumatic Stress Disorder [PTSD] is described as an ‘emotional illness’ and it was not recognized as PTSD until the 1980’s when the American Psychiatric Association recognized it as such, according to the website, www.psychiatric-disorders.com.
PTSD leaves no visible scars, only the emotional scars that will remain forever inside the mind of the war veteran. PTSD leaves a stigma attached to it. To those who do not understand this ailment, the looks, discriminations, and lack of compassion leaves the Veteran with a lack of understanding of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and the wounds of it. While it is true, the wounds are embedded within the mind, the wounds are so obvious to those of us who love the Veteran suffering with PTSD; and we strive to do all we can to make their life more productive and pleasant. We need the VA to do the same.
Veterans-for-Change has discovered there are far too many reports of improperly cleaned or sterilized equipment at numerous VA hospitals, resulting in thousands of complaints that have not been addressed or resolved.
Reportedly, there could be as many as 11,224 Veterans at risk, due to this lack of care, and many VA hospitals are involved. The number of Veterans affected could result in health and physical epidemics that could result in deadly diseases that should have been prevented provided the proper sanitation, and sterilization techniques were used. Instead, questions remain unanswered, and the VA’s continuous denial brought to the public attention of these problems, resulted in denying any possibility, or accepting responsibility, of cross contamination to many veterans. This is unforgivable and a government investigation should be underway – ASAP.
Blue Water Navy Dioxin Exposure
Reportedly 21 million gallons of Agent Orange were scattered over the fields in Vietnam between 1962 and 1970. Many of the Veterans of the Vietnam conflict served the United States Navy during 1962 and 1975. Many of these war veterans suffer with medical disabilities from the effects of Blue Water Navy Dioxin Exposure, found in Agent Orange.
However, these naval personnel are constantly denied service-connected health care and disability compensation by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Those who served in the Navy during war time have been excluded for presumption of illness directly related to Agent Orange. This chemical was sprayed, tossed around, and of course when it rained went into the ocean, or was carried in the air during strong winds.
Agent Orange was also carried on board ships for delivery, yet Veterans are still denied benefits due to the “boots on the ground” ruling. The ‘boots on the ground’ ruling must be changed to benefit the Veterans and their illnesses. They were in Vietnam. They experienced Agent Orange in everything around, especially in the air and waters.
President Obama has said: “We have a sacred trust with those who wear the uniform of the United States of America, a commitment that begins with enlistment and must never end.
”You, as Americans, and politicians of a free society, do have a moral, ethical, and Patriotic obligation to provide benefits and care, regardless of the costs involved! Our government has a moral, ethical, and Patriotic obligation to care for those who did the job others failed to do, or the many millions of Americans who chose to escape the effects, physical ailments, illnesses, and emotional wounds of war. Freedom is not free; it comes with a price tag. Veterans paid a gigantic price, emotionally, physically, and mentally.
Only a war veteran can comprehend how that price was paid for in full by our military and war veterans, along with their spouses and children! The price they paid for their devotion to their freedom does not have a monetary amount and it could be considered priceless since the effects of war leave so many emotional and physical scars that cannot be repaired. The price our war veterans paid was distributed in full with blood, sweat and many tears! Veterans-for-Change finds this unforgivable. Isn’t it about time Congress, the President, and the Veterans Affairs actually stood tall and paid that bill?
Isn’t it time to help our wounded warriors, including those who suffer with PTSD, lack of medical care and improperly cleaned or sterilized equipment, and Blue Water Navy Dioxin Exposure, along with the emotional scars, to be compensated? The actions of Congress and the actions and policies of the VA seem to express so loud and clear that it would have been far better had our men and women not served or died at war than to suffer the denials, the schemes, shenanigans, and the maltreatment provided by the government of the United States.
Let us all make a bit of noise with our Congress and all lawmakers. Send a copy of this article to those in your community, along with those who represent your home front. Isn’t it time our Veterans were treated with respect and dignity? Isn’t it time we welcomed them home and gave them the benefits promised, without the emotional war they must battle now, just to get those benefits? The choice is yours. You must decide.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
increasing numbers. This is a change from the decline of usage in the past, a 5 percent decrease
from 2006 to 2007.
More than thirty-one million in Food Stamps were used in 2008 a 25 percent increase in 2008. This compares to a 13 percent increase for the civilian population. The agency includes retirees and reservists and National Guardsmen in their report.
What a shame this is, that so many members must rely on Food Stamps. And the figures appear
to show that members living on base in government quarters use more stamps than those
living off base.
It should not matter where a member lives, for our military to be so low on the pay scale compared to civilians in equal (or almost equal) jobs; means that as always the military is
falling behind in every category.
National Vice Chairman
American Cold War Veterans, Inc
Friday, July 17, 2009
It seems none of the computer systems and updates work properly. So the cemetery is run
with pen and paper. Index cards are used.
It has been found that graves sites do not match the maps. Some headstones are in the wrong
place. Workers admit that there are some places they do not know who is buried or where.
This is an outrage, these bave men and women gave their lives for our country and deserve
to be treated with honor and respect.
To allow something like this to go on for years is inexcuseable this has to be corrected immediately.
Not only that, but in the new section for the fallen warriors of Iraq and Afghanstan mementoes
left on the graves by family and loved ones are left to rot in the rain or gathered up and
thrown in the garbage.
I can only feel sorrow and pain for those affected by this injustice.
Call, write, fax, email your elected officials and demand an immediate Congressional Probe into the wrong doing. This is criminal and those responsible should be punished to the full extent
of the law.
National Vice Chairman
American Cold War Veterans, Inc.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
interview he made no mention of the U.S. and our allies defeating the Soviet Union. So the lives lost, the men and women who served in the military during that time was all for nothing.
Not the first time we the Cold War Veterans have been slapped down, trod on and ignored.
Now our president kicks us when we are down.
A very good article
I guess he was laughing at us when he sent that letter saying he thought all the veterans should
be given a Cold War Medal.
So what is the next step? Where do we turn now? Is it over for the medal? We will not give up
the fight, and will continue to pester everyone we can.
National Vice Chairman
American Cold War Veterans, Inc.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
US Navy US Marines KIA WIA KIA W
IA1st Marines reconnaissancepatrol fired on by 40-50Chinese communist guerillas northwest of Tientsin, China,
6 Oct. 1945 0 0 0
37th Marines jeep patrol firedon by Chinese communist snipersnear Tangshan, China19 Oct 1945 0 0 0 2
Ambush of 5th Marines jeep patrol by Chinese communist snipersoutside of Peiping, China
26 Oct 1945 0 0 0 1
Two marines hunting near 7thMarines railroad outpost shot bytwo Chinese west of Anshan, China,4 Dec 1945 0 0 1 1
One marine attacked while onliberty in Tientsin, China,9 Dec 1945
0 0 0 1
Two 7th Marines supply trucksambushed by Chinese communistguerillas near Tangshan, China,15 Jan 1946 0 0 0 2
Marine hunting party attacked byirregular forces in the vicinityof Lutai, China,
7 Apr 1946 0 0 1 0
5th Marines bridge guards attackedby Chinese communists firingmortars, near Tangku, China,
5 May 1946 0 0 0 1
7th Marines sentry attacked byguerillas in Lutai, China,
7 May 1946 0 0 0 1
1st Marines reconnaissance patrolambushed by 50-75 armed Chinesein village 10 miles south ofTientsin, China,
21 May 1946 0 0 1 1
Marine sentry attacked in Tangku,China,
2 Jul 1946 0 0 0 1
Supply convoy, protected by 11thMarines detachment, ambushed byChinese communist forces at Anping,China,
29 July 1946 0 0 4 11
Chinese communist raid on 1st Marine Division ammunition supply point at Hsin Ho, northwest ofTangku, China
3 Oct 1946 0 0 0 1
Two Chinese communist companiesabout 350 men, attack 1st Marine Division ammunition supply pointat Hsin Ho, northwest of Tangku,China,
4-5 Apr 1947 0 0 5 17
Marine hunting party ambushedby Chinese communists outsideof Tientsin, China,
25 Dec. 1947 0 0 1 0
PB4Y2 from VP-26, Det A, shot down by Sovietaircraft, over Baltic Seaoff coast of Latvia,
8 Apr. 1950 10 0 0 0
Korean War, 25
Jun. 1950 - 31 Jan. 1955 505 1,576 4,267 23,744
P2V-3W from VP-6 shot down by Soviet aircraft, over Seaof Japan off Vladivostok,Siberia,
6 Nov. 1951 10 0 0 0
PBM-5S2 from VP-731 attacked byChinese fighters over theYellow Sea,
31 Jul. 1952 2 2 0 0
P2V-5 from VP-22 shot down byanti-aircraft fire near Swatow,China,
18 Jan. 1953 9 0 0 0
P2V from VP-19 shot down by Soviet aircraft, over Seaof Japan near Siberian coast,
4 Sep. 1954 1 0 0 0
P2V from VP-9 shot down by Soviet aircraft, St. LawrenceIsland in the Bering Sea,
22 Jun. 1955 0 10 0 0
P4M-1Q from VQ-1 shot downby hostile aircraft nearWenchow, China,
22 Aug. 1956 16 0 0 0
P4M-1Q from VQ-1 attacked byNorth Korean fighters near theKorean Demilitarized Zone,over Sea of Japan,
16 Jun. 1959 0 1 0 0
4 Aug. 1964 - 27 Jan. 1973 1,631 4,178 13,091 51,392
Intervention in the Dominican Republic,28
Apr. 1965 - 21 Sep. 1966 1 0 9 25
USS Liberty, attacked byIsraeli forces in theEastern Mediterranean,
8 Jun. 1967 31 168 2 1
LCDR Ernest A. Munro killed andRMCS Harry L. Greene wounded bycommunist terrorists, Guatemala,
16 Jan 1968 1 1 0 0
USS Pueblo, captured by North Korean forces in theSea of Japan,
23 Jan. 1968
1 8 0 1[All crew members, 79 Navy and 2Marines, subsequently awarded thepurple heart for the period oftheir captivity]
A-1H from VA-25 on a ferry flightfrom the Philippines to an aircraftcarrier in the Tonkin Gulf shotdown by MIG interceptor afteraccidently violating airspace ofHainan Island, China
14 Feb. 1968 1 0 0 0
P3B from VP-26 on a coastal surveillance photo-reconnaissancemission, shot down, possibly bya Cambodian naval vessel, crashingin the Gulf of Thailand,
1 Apr. 1968 12 0 0 0
Sailors from USS Independence and accompanying destroyers injured by students during anti-Americanriots in Istanbul, Turkey,
16-23 Jul. 1968 0 19 0 0
Sailors from USS Columbus and accompanying destroyers injured bystudents during anti-American riots in Izmir, Turkey,
19-22 Dec. 1968 0 14 0 0
EC-121M from VQ-1 shot down by North Korean aircraft overthe Sea of Japan,
14 Apr. 1969 30 0 1 0
Two UH-1Bs from HAL-3 Detachment3 shot down in Svay RiengProvince, Cambodia, by Cambodiananti-aircraft fire,
28 Apr. 1969 4 4 0 0
Seabee wounded and Marine Security Guards killed and wounded during Terrorist attack on US Embassy softballgame,Phnom Penh, Cambodia,
26 Sep. 1971 0 1 1 3
Marine Security Guard Sidney T.James wounded during an attackby a radical communist group,U.S. Embassy, Manila, Philippines,
1972 0 0 0 1
LCDR Franklin G. West wounded byNorth Korean forces, Panmunjun,Korea,
3 Mar 1974 0 1 0 0
CDR Robert M. Ballinger killed by dynamite explosion during investigation of tunnel built byNorth Koreans in the southern portion of the demilitarizedzone, Korea,
20 Nov 1974 1 0 0 0
Seabees killed by gunfire duringterrorist ambush of jeep onnortheast edge of US Naval Baseat Subic Bay, Philippines,
3 Feb. 1975 3 0 0 0
Two Marines from Marine SecurityDetachment, Saigon, killed during artillery attack while providing security for Defense AttacheOffice, at Tan Son Nhut Airport,Saigon, Republic of Vietnam,
29 April 1975 0 0 2 0
"Mayaguez Incident," battle with Khmer Rouge forces, Koh TangIsland, Cambodia,
14 May 1975 2 3 14 41
Sailor wounded during attack byunidentified gunman against U.S.Air Force Bus, 14 miles north ofClark Air Bus, Philippines,
11 Dec. 1976 0 1 0 0
LT Robert E. Nelson serving with UN observers in the Lebanese village of Maroun Al Ras wounded during attack by Israeli DefenseForces, night of
14-15 Mar 1978 0 1 0 0
U.S. Embassy Marine securityguard wounded, Kabul, Afghanistan,
7 Aug 1978 0 0 0 1
U.S. Embassy Marine securityguard wounded, Beirut, Lebanon,
6 Oct 1978 0 0 0 1
SGT Garry Downey and SGT Krauswounded by Iranian guerillas duringattacks on U.S. Embassy, Tehran,Iran,
11 and 14 Feb. 1979 0 0 0 2
Marine security guards injured when leftist protesters attemptedto storm U.S. Embassy, San Salvador,El Salvador,
30 Oct. 1979 0 0 0 2
Marine Security Guard CPL Steven Crowley killed by sniper fire during attack by mob on US Embassy, Islamabad,Pakistan,
21 Nov. 1979 0 0 1 0
Puerto Rican nationalists armed with automatic weapons ambushed a Navy bus driving to Sabana Seca Naval Communication Center near San Juan,
3 Dec 1979 2 10 0 0
BMCM Sam Novello killed by Turkish leftists at his home inIstanbul, Turkey,
16 April 1980 1 0 0 0
Marines wounded in terrorist attack, Costa Rica,
17 Mar 1981 0 0 0 3
Crewmen from USS Pensacola (LSD-38) attacked by terroristsin San Juan, Puerto Rico,
16 May 1982. 1 3 0 0
U.S. Embassy Marine securityguard wounded, BeirutLebanon,
7 Jun 1982 0 0 0 1
25 Aug. 1982 - 26 Feb. 1984 19 8 234 151
Terrorist bombing of US Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon.Casualties included IS1 DanielJ. Pellegrino and eight MarineSecurity Guards,
18 Apr. 1983 0 1 1 7
Lieutenant Commander Albert A. Schaufelberger killed byterrorists, San Salvador,El Salvador, 25 May 1983 1 0 0 0
CPL Guillermo Sanpedro killed in terrorist attack, Cyprus,
23 Oct. 1983 0 0 1 0
Operation Urgent Fury,invasion of Grenada, West Indies
23 Oct.1983 - 21 Nov. 1983 4 1 3 15
Marine Barracks Bombing by terrorists
18 220 US Army 3 Killed 60 others injured
23 Oct. 1983
Beirut, LebanonCapt. George Tsantes shot by terrorists near Athens, Greece
15 Nov. 1983 1 0 0 0
Lt. Mark A. Lang killed and LTRobert O. Goodman wounded when A-6 Intruder from VA-85 shot downwhile attacking Syrian antiaircraft batteries at Hammana, east of Beirut, Lebanon,
4 Dec. 1983 1 1 0 0
Commander, Carrier Air Wing Six(CVW-6) CDR Edward K. Andrewsflying an A-7 Corsair II, shot down by aircraft fire, nearBeirut, Lebanon,
4 Dec 1983 0 1 0 0
LCPL Rudolfo Hernandez killed in terrorist attack, Germany,
7 Feb. 1984 0 0 1 0
HN Carl P. Englund wounded,Beruit, Lebanon,
29 Feb 1984 0 1 0 0
PO1 Michael R. Wagner assigned to Defense Attache Office, killed; CEC Harvey L.Whitaker and BU1 Stephen E. Haycock and four Marine securityguards wounded in terrorist bombingof US Embassy Annex, East Beirut, Lebanon,
20 Sep. 1984 1 2 0 4
Seabee Steelworker 2nd ClassRobert Dean Stethem of UnderwaterConstruction Team ONE was killedby terrorists in Athens, Greece,on TWA Flight 847,
14 Jun. 1985 1 0 0 0
Off-duty Marines assigned toMarine Security Guard Detachment,San Salvador, El Salvador, killed by terrorists armed with automatic weapons at a cafe in the Zona Rosa district of San Salvador,
19 June 1985 0 0 4 0
USS Stark struck by Iraqi missiles, Persian Gulf,
17 May 1987 37 5 0 0
Terrorist grenade attack on USO club in Barcelona, Spain,
27 Dec. 1987 1 5 0 0
Col. Rich Higgins, killed by pro-Iranian terrorists. Captured on 17 Feb. 1988 in Lebanon and declared dead on 6 Jul. 1990. 0 0 1 0
USS Samuel B. Roberts struckIranian mine, Persian Gulf,
14 Apr. 1988 0 10 0 0
Japanese Red Army terroristbombing of USO club in Naples,Italy,
14 Apr. 1988 1 4 0 0
Loss of AH-1T helicopter during operations against Iranian naval forces, possibly to hostileaction, Persian Gulf,
18 Apr. 1988 0 0 2 0
Capt. William E. Nordeen, Defense and Naval Attache,killed by terrorist car bombin Kifissia, the suburb of Athens, Greece,
28 Jun. 1988 1 0 0 0
Loss of CH53D helicopter duringOperation Team Spirit
1989 South Korea 0 0 19 0
Lt. Robert Paz,USMC shot and witnesses, Navy LT and his wife, beaten by Panamanian forces at a road block in Panama City,
16 Dec. 1989 0 1 1 0
Operation Just Cause, Panama,
20 - 24 Dec. 1989 4 9 1 3
Persian Gulf War,
2 Aug. 1990 - 3 Mar. 1991 5 12 24 92
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
A portion of his speech
"Like President Medvedev and myself, you're not old enough to have witnessed the darkest hours of the Cold War, when hydrogen bombs were tested in the atmosphere, and children drilled in fallout shelters, and we reached the brink of nuclear catastrophe. But you are the last generation born when the world was divided. At that time, the American and Soviet armies were still massed in Europe, trained and ready to fight. The ideological trenches of the last century were roughly in place. Competition in everything from astrophysics to athletics was treated as a zero-sum game. If one person won, then the other person had to lose.
And then, within a few short years, the world as it was ceased to be. Now, make no mistake: This change did not come from any one nation. The Cold War reached a conclusion because of the actions of many nations over many years, and because the people of Russia and Eastern Europe stood up and decided that its end would be peaceful."
This could leave the door open to our medal if this plays out right.
National Vice Chairman
American Cold War Veterans, Inc.
Monday, July 6, 2009
and a link to his site http://www.mises.org/article.aspx?Id=887&FS=A+Hiarticle+of+Terror
There are more attacks prior to 1950, but not so well documented. So it is true that
terrorist did not start wint 9/11
November 1, 1950: Puerto Rican nationalists attempt to assassinate President Truman.
In 1954, the House of Representatives would be sprayed with gunfire, wounding five congressmen.
In 1973 and again in 1974, bombs would be set off in New York City.
In 1975, the FALN would plant bombs in New York, Chicago and Washington, D.C., killing several people and wounding dozens.
June 5, 1968: Robert F. Kennedy is assassinated by Sirhan Sirhan, a Palestinian immigrant who regarded RFK as a collaborator with Israel.
March 1971: The U.S. Senate is bombed again. Suspected this time are opponents of the Vietnam fiasco.
November 4, 1979: Supporters of the Ayatollah Khomeini storm the U.S. embassy in Teheran in anger at the longtime U.S. support for the Shah's despotic regime. It would not be until two years later that the hostages would be freed.
December 1979: A mob of Iranians burns down the U.S. embassy in Tripoli, Libya. Iranian-sponsored terrorism against the United States is promoted as a just cause in retaliation for U.S. support for the Shah and Israel.
April 8, 1983: The Iranian-backed Hezbollah bombs the U.S. embassy in Beirut, Lebanon. The attack kills 17 Americans. All attacks by Hezbollah in Lebanon around this time are in retaliation for the U.S. openly choosing sides, supporting the Christian government against the Muslim militias by training and arming the Lebanese National Army (the LNA). U.S. Marines even began patrolling with the LNA, and the U.S. Navy and Marines began shelling the Muslims to support the LNA.
October 23, 1983: A suicide truck-bomber from Hezbollah attacks the U.S. embassy and destroys the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut, killing 290 people and wounding 200 more. The U.S. Marines soon withdraw from Beirut. A Hezbollah spokesman brags that it took only two "martyrs" to force the Marines out of Lebanon: one who blew up the embassy, and the other who drove the truck that destroyed the Marine barracks.
In September 1984, Hezbollah would bomb the U.S. embassy annex in East Beirut, killing 23 people and wounding four Marine guards.
During the 1980s, Hezbollah would kidnap 19 American diplomats, educators, businessmen, clergy, journalists, and military personnel, and kill at least four.
March 1986: The largest peacetime American naval armada ever assembled sails across the "line of death," which, according to Khadafy, marks Libyan territorial waters in the Gulf of Sidra. Fulfilling the predictions of U.S. defense analysts, he shoots off missiles at the fleet. U.S. forces then destroy a missile site and three Libyan naval craft. In retaliation, Khadafy sponsors the bombing on April 5, 1986, of the La Belle nightclub in West Berlin, which killed an American soldier and a Turkish woman.
On April 15, 1986 (two weeks after the "line of death" incident in late March), the U.S. retaliates for the La Belle bombing with air strikes against Libya.
According to the Defense Science Board (and contrary to neocon belief), these air strikes did not cause Khadafy to abandon terrorism. In fact, he expanded his terrorist campaign against Western Europe to the United States. (See the next eight entries.) Beginning in April 1986, State Department analysts began to link Libyan terrorist agents to an average of one attack per month against U.S. targets. Some examples of these are:
April 1986: An American hostage in Lebanon is sold to Libya and executed.
1986: Libyans attempt to blow up the U.S. embassy in Lomé, Togo.
September 1987: Abu Nidal, working for Libya, hijacks Pan Am Flight 73 in Karachi, Pakistan. Several Americans are killed during the hijacking.
April 12, 1988: A Japanese Red Army operative with three bombs is arrested in New Jersey with a plan to attack a military base in the United States. The attack has been timed to coincide with the second anniversary of the U.S. air strikes on Libya.
April 14, 1988: The Japanese Red Army, under contract from Abu Nidal, plants a bomb at the USO military club in Naples, Italy, to coincide with the anniversary. Five people are killed.
December 1988: Two Libyan intelligence agents allegedly bomb Pan Am Flight 103. The bomb kills 270 people, 200 of whom were Americans.
1988: Libyan agents bomb U.S. library facilities in Peru, Colombia, and Costa Rica.
September 1989: Libyan agents recruit a Chicago gang to shoot down U.S. airliners with shoulder-fired missiles, the same type so generously given to the Islamic fundamentalists in Afghanistan in the late '70s and the '80s. The plot, fortunately, is foiled.
March 10, 1989: The wife of the commander of the U.S.S. Vincennes is pipe-bombed in retaliation for the July 3, 1988, shooting down of an Iranian airliner over the Persian Gulf that killed 290 civilians.
March 31, 1990: Four terrorists attack a U.S. Air Force bus in Honduras. Eight people are injured. The Moranzanist Patriotic Front claims responsibility, to protest U.S. military presence in Honduras.
May 13, 1990: New People's Army assassins kill two U.S. airmen near Clark Air Base in the Philippines.
May 1990: A group led by Ramzi Yousef assassinates, in the United States, Rabbi Meir Kahane, leader of the Jewish Defense League. The murder would later be discovered to be a part of a larger revenge campaign against U.S. foreign policy--a campaign that included the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993.
January 2, 1991: A U.S. military helicopter is shot down by the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front militants (a Marxist guerrilla group) in San Miguel, El Salvador. The two crewmen are then executed, most likely because the U.S. provided military aid and advisers to the government of El Salvador.
Mid-January to late February 1991 (during the Persian Gulf War): The number of terrorist attacks on American targets all over the world sharply increases: 120, compared with 17 over the same period in 1990. Terrorism analysts label these incidents "freelance" Iraqi-inspired terrorism.
March 12, 1991: A U.S. Air Force sergeant is blown up at the entrance to his residence in Athens, Greece. The deadliest terrorist group in Greece, known as November 17, claims responsibility and says the attacks are in response to "American imperialism-nationalism."
March 28, 1991: Three U.S. Marines driving near Jubial, Saudi Arabia, are shot by an Arab.
October 28, 1991: Turkish Islamic Jihad claims responsibility for a car bomb that kills a U.S. Air Force sergeant.
June 10, 1992: A U.S. Army vehicle traveling between Panama City and Colón, Panama, is sprayed with gunfire, killing the driver and a passenger and wounding a civilian bystander. The incident is likely related to the U.S. presence in Panama and control of the Panama Canal.
January 23, 1993: Mir Aimal Kansi, a Pakistani, opens fire on CIA employees on the street outside the agency's headquarters in Virginia. Kansi allegedly is angry about the treatment of Muslims in Bosnia; in retaliation, he had planned to get even by shooting up the CIA, the White House, and the Israeli embassy.
February 26, 1993: Islamic terrorists truck-bomb the World Trade Center. The perpetrators had wanted to kill up to a quarter million people by toppling the twin towers like two dominos. Ramzi Yousef, the leader of the bombers, said they intended to inflict Hiroshima-level casualties as punishment for U.S. policies in the Middle East.
March 3, 1993: A bomb explodes in front of the U.S. embassy in Belgrade, most likely in response to U.S. policy toward Serbia and Bosnia.
April 15, 1993: Seventeen Iraqis are arrested in Kuwait smuggling in a large car bomb and weapons as part of an Iraqi plot to assassinate former president George Bush on his visit to Kuwait. President Clinton would later retaliate against Iraq for the plot with cruise missiles strikes against the headquarters of Iraqi intelligence, killing several Iraqi civilians.
June 1993: Sheik Omar Abdul Rahman and other Muslims conspire to attack several New York landmarks all on the same day to inflict maximum casualties. As a sequel to the bombing of the World Trade Center, the group planned to blow up, on July 4, the headquarters of the U.N., the Lincoln and Holland tunnels under the Hudson River, the George Washington Bridge, and the federal government's main office building in New York. The group also planned to assassinate Senator Alfonse D'Amato and others. At the time they were arrested, the conspirators were mixing fertilizer and diesel fuel to create a bomb like the one used on the World Trade Center. Rahman and nine others were convicted in a public trial October 1, 1995.
July 1, 1993: Terrorists fire two rockets at the U.S. Air Force base at Yokota, Japan. The incident happens a few days before President Clinton is due to visit the base. The attacks are most likely from opponents of the U.S. military occupation of Japan.
July 7, 1993: Just six days later, four rockets are fired at the headquarters of the U.S. Air Force in Japan at Camp Zama, Japan.
October 3, 1993: After U.S. armed forces kill thousands of Somalians--an attack about which the commander of the operation, Marine Lt. Gen. Anthony Zinni, told the press, "I'm not counting bodies . . . I'm not interested"--al-Qaeda-trained Somalian tribesmen conduct ambushes of U.S. "peacekeeping" forces in Somalia. The attacks down two helicopters and kill 18 American Army Rangers, resulting in the infamous dragging of dead American soldiers through the streets of Mogadishu. An indictment alleges that al-Qaeda believes the United States has plans to occupy Islamic countries, as demonstrated by its involvement in Somalia and Saudi Arabia and the Persian Gulf War. U.S. forces would be withdrawn from Somalia, and bin Laden would later call the Somalia operation his group's greatest victory.
October 21, 1994: Members of Abu Nidal's organization are convicted of plotting to kill Jews in the United States, to blow up the Israeli embassy in Washington, and to kill anyone who exposed their plans.
February 7, 1995: Ramzi Yousef, mastermind of the World Trade Center bombing, is finally arrested in Pakistan. The arrest foils a plan already set in motion to bomb 12 U.S. jumbo jets in flight over the Atlantic and kill 4,000 passengers.
March 20, 1995: The Japanese apocalyptic cult Aum Shinrikyo (Supreme Truth) releases sarin nerve gas in the Tokyo subway. According to the group's beliefs, the last years of the millennium would give rise to an Armageddon between Japan and the United States, and the cult believed that attacking the Tokyo subway would hasten this Armageddon. The group was hoping to kill tens of thousands of people.
April 1995: Members of the Aum Shinrikyo religious cult plan a nerve-gas attack on Disneyland in Anaheim, California. The group plans to attack during a fireworks celebration at which attendance at the park would reach maximum capacity. Tipped off by Japanese police, U.S. authorities apprehend members of the group at the Los Angeles airport before they can launch the attack. The plan also called for an attack on petrochemical facilities in Los Angeles.The Aum Shinrikyo cult has assets of at least $1.2 billion and the capability to produce sarin and VX gas--agents that cause anthrax and botulism--and radiological weapons. This cult is still active.
August 18, 1995: The Manuel Rodriguez Patriotic Front bombs an office building of the American company Fluor Daniel in Santiago, Chile, citing as its reason solidarity with Cuba and opposition to the U.S. economic blockade.
September 13, 1995: A rocket-propelled grenade is fired at the U.S. embassy in Russia. The attack is suspected to have been retaliation for U.S. involvement in the NATO air strikes on Bosnian Serb targets.
November 13, 1995: A military complex in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, housing U.S. troops is car-bombed, killing seven people, including five Americans, and wounding 42 others. Muslims seeking to overthrow the oppressive Saudi monarchy and expel the United States from Saudi Arabia carried out the bombings. Three groups, including the Islamic Movement for Change, claim responsibility, and U.S. officials suspect Osama bin Laden was involved.
November 15, 1995: An explosive device is discovered on a power line to a U.S. military complex in Sagmihara, Japan.
February 15, 1996: A rocket is fired at the U.S. embassy compound in Athens, Greece, causing minor damage to three diplomatic vehicles and surrounding buildings. The State Department says the circumstances of the attack suggest it was another attack by the group known as November 17.
June 25, 1996: A U.S. military apartment complex, Khobar Towers, near Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, is truck-bombed, killing 19 U.S. airmen and wounding 515 people, including 240 U.S. citizens. U.S. officials have linked Osama bin Laden to the bombing, and some analysts also suspect Iran of complicity.
February 23, 1997: A Palestinian, Ali Hassan Abu Kamal, opens fire on the observation deck of the Empire State Building, killing and wounding several tourists before committing suicide.
July 31, 1997: Police in Brooklyn arrest two Palestinian men who allegedly are planning suicide bombings of the subway and a commuter bus.
November 12, 1997: Four employees of Union Texas Petroleum are killed in an attack one mile from the U.S. consulate in Karachi, Pakistan. The Islamic Revolutionary Council and the Aimal Secret Committee claim the killings are revenge for the conviction of Mir Aimal Kansi, the Pakistani man who murdered CIA employees in their cars in January 1993.
December 23, 1997: The teachers' residential compound of the Karachi American School is fired upon. This attack is also probably in retaliation for the conviction of Mir Aimal Kansi.
April 3, 1998: November 17 claims responsibility for a rash of attacks against U.S. targets in Greece. Since 1975, its victims include a CIA station chief and three other Americans.
August 7, 1998: Simultaneous car-bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, both linked to Osama bin Laden, kill more than 200 Africans--mostly Muslims. Before the bombings, bin Laden issues a Fatwa that he will kill Americans and will not discriminate between military personnel and civilians. In retaliation, on August 20, 1998, the U.S. launches cruise missiles on bin Laden's al-Qaeda training camps in Afghanistan and a factory in Sudan. The Clinton administration claims the Sudanese factory produced chemical weapons and was linked to bin Laden. This is later proven to be a lie, but it would not stop Clinton from declaring his own, although fragmentary, "War on Terrorism" in the midst of impeachment.
August 25, 1998: A Planet Hollywood restaurant in South Africa is bombed. A local terrorist group called Muslims Against Global Oppression is said to be the likely culprit, seeking revenge on the United States for the cruise missile attacks on Afghanistan and Sudan.
August 26, 1998: A U.S. government information center in Pristina, Kosovo, is fire-bombed, most likely in opposition to U.S. and NATO policy on Kosovo.
Early September 1998: The Ugandan government and the FBI uncover a plot by Osama bin Laden to attempt to bomb the U.S. embassy in Kampala, Uganda, for a second time. Ugandan officials say that the cruise missile strike on Sudan in retaliation for the bombings in Kenya and Tanzania might have prompted bin Laden to try a second time to attack the embassy in Kampala. Several arrests are made in connection with the bombing.
October 2000: The USS Cole is dinghy-bombed while in port in Yemen. Al-Qaeda is widely suspected, in bin Laden's ongoing personal war against U.S. policies in the Middle East.
September 11, 2001: The World Trade Center is bombed a second time, killing nearly 3,000 and sparking a new "war on terrorism," a resurgence in statism throughout the Western world, and increased nuclear confrontation between India and Pakistan.
These examples illustrate the folly of the uniquely modern American theory of self-defense, which decrees that the U.S.government must occupy and manipulate the globe in order to prevent wars that drag in the United States and destroy the lives of American men and women. The policies result in, not less, but more terror.
Richard Betts, writing in Foreign Affairs before September 11, raised the prospect that "some angry group that blames the United States for its problems may decide to coerce Americans, or simply exact vengeance, by inflicting devastation on them where they live." He concluded that "the best way to keep people from believing that the United States is responsible for their problems is to avoid involvement in their conflicts."
Yet the supporters of this latest war believe the solution to criminal acts against Americans is yet more criminal behavior--the destruction of innocent lives and property--by the United States done in their name. In the interest of peace, security, and the freedom of global commercial relations, all Americans and non-Americans the world over must forcefully oppose the hyper-interventionism of the United States government, which by its own admission endangers the lives and property of Americans. Interventionism and jingoism are not the solutions to terrorism, but rather its motive force.
Adam Young is studying computer science in Ontario, Canada. His articles have appeared in Ideas on Liberty, Mises.org, LewRockwell.com, and The Free Market. Send him MAIL. Also, see his Mises.org Articles Archive.
National Vice Chairman
American Cold War Veterans, Inc.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
There is a site you can use to enter the name of a veteran you want to honor when you vote.
Sadly, not only is it not well know, it is also a little difficult to find, which is a shame. There is no
reason to hide this away, let the entire state know of its existance.
First do a search for maine.gov voter information, when Google brings up the list, click on the voter information-Maine USA.
Then on the left side click on Vote in Honor of a Veteran. When that page comes up look for the link Maine Remembers Those Who served.
When you click on that link it will bring up the table of contents listing wars starting in the Revolutionary War, with links.
Chapter 3 is the Cold War Era, with several links tied to particular incidents. The last link in
that chapter Maintaining Peace And Stability says exactly what and why we served; in a few
but meaningful words.
I wish the state would generate more publicity about this site before every election. If no body knows about it, it will languish and fade away.
There is also a link, although I am not sure if this part of the program is still in effect; that you
can use to order a button with the name of your veteran on the button.
National Vice Chairman
American Cold War Veterans, Inc.