Friday, November 12, 2004
You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life
Cleo A. Noel Jr. and George Curtis Moore were among a group of men seized by Black September terrorists during a reception held at the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Khartoum [Sudan]. The terrorists demanded the release of Sirhan Sirhan, the Palestinian assassin of Robert Kennedy, as well as terrorists being held in Israeli and European prisons. President Nixon refused to negotiate. The tape was of conversations between Arafat in Beirut and his thugs in Khartoum. Execute the diplomats, ordered Arafat. The terrorists obeyed, machine gunning the unarmed, hapless Noel and Moore. They also killed a Belgium diplomat. The authenticity of the tape was verified in U.S. laboratories by both the State Department and the White House.
On March 2, 1973, around 8:00pm (local) --Abu-Iyad called Abu-Ghassan and gave him the Cold River [Nahr al-Bard] code: "Remember Nahr al-Bard. The people's blood in the Nahr al-Bard is screaming for revenge. These are our final orders. We and the world are watching you." The execution took place on 9:06. (Reportedly, about half an hour later than planned because Abu-Tariq let the Americans write last letters and wills.) A few minutes later, when the international media still did not report the killing, Beirut wanted to make sure that the executions took place. Arafat himself did the talking to Abu-Ghassan. He asked him if he received the code word Nahr al-Bard and if he understood what it meant. Abu-Ghassan assured Arafat that he had understood everything and that his -- Arafat's -- orders had already been carried out fully.
If you've ever read the story of the executions at Nuremberg, there's a bit where one of the British reporters commented on the actual performance of the executions as inferior, since several of the bonzen took twenty minutes to expire at the end of the rope. His opinion was that a British hangman (presumably referring to Albert Pierrepoint) would've done a better job of it (an interesting point for a British reporter to make, since reporters had been banned for decades from being at executions in Britain). Perhaps instead there was a certain karmic justice in the war criminals dying badly. In the case of Arafat (Y''s) his end didn't have the poetic justice of the drop and snap that would've been the appropriate means of his disposal, but the truth about the decedent's murderous, filthy life is out there, and he will also be on the ash-heap of history after the pomp and circumstance awarded to him by the likes of the UN dies down.
Speaking of which, the UN doesn't particularly like the fact that ICANN runs the show for the Internet, and wants to take it over. I suppose they'll do just as spiffy a job as they do with things like removing dictators and preventing genocide.