It's one thing to have businesses counting the costs of health care or other items in the budget and cutting various benefits. But this, should the story check out, goes far beyond such irritations. (thanks to Captains Quarters, who as always has excellent commentary)
The Khartoum operation was planned and carried out with the full knowledge and personal approval of Yassir Arafat, Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and the head of Fatah. Fatah representatives based in Khartoum participated in the attack, using a Fatah vehicle to transport the terrorists to the Saudi Arabian embassy.
Initially, the main objective of the attack appeared to be to secure the release of the Fatah/BSO [Black September Organization] leader Muhammed Awadh (Abu Da'ud) from Jordanian captivity. Information acquired subsequently reveals that the Fatah/BSO leaders did not expect Awadh to be freed, and indicates that one of the primary goals of the operation was to strike at the United States because of its efforts to achieve a Middle East peace settlement which many Arabs believe would be inimical to Palestinian interests.
Worldnetdaily (hit and miss of late) has more on this here:
The document, released earlier this year, with no fanfare, makes it clear the Khartoum operation "was planned and carried out with the full knowledge and personal approval" of Arafat, a frequent visitor to the White House throughout the 1990s who died in 2004.
In the attack March 1, 1973, eight members of the Black September terrorist organization, part of Arafat's Fatah faction of the PLO, stormed the Saudi embassy in Khartoum on Arafat's orders, taking U.S. Ambassador Cleo Noel, diplomat Charge d'Affaires George Curtis Moore and others hostage, and one day later, killing Noel, Moore and Belgian diplomat Guy Eid.
Welsh, who left the Navy and NSA in 1974, spoke to WND about the incident in 2001 after years of attempting to get answers from his own agency and the State Department. He became particularly troubled about the cover-up of Arafat's role in the murders of American officials when President Clinton invited the PLO leader to the White House for direct negotiations on the Middle East.
Later, after Nixon was gone, Welsh believes the whole matter of the Arafat tapes was kept quiet to protect the future viability of signals intelligence intercepts of this kind. And, finally, he said, the cover-up persisted to foster Arafat's role as a "peacemaker" and leader of the Palestinian cause.
The State Department cared more for propping up a known killer and terrorist, to seeking justice for its own employees. And what did this cold and morally troubling calculation result in? More terrorism, the intifada, rejection of the best offer the Palestinians have ever had from Israel, let alone any nearby Arab country and the Palestinians being kept in squalor and dysfunction by the corruption Arafat and his goons reveled in.
I doubt the State Department is going to end up on a list of the best employers in this country. That leaks from such a corrupted institution are heralded as sacrosanct oracles, by the likes of the NY Times and the other usual suspects, only adds to the disrespect such actions show towards the victims of Arafat.
This is the result of order and stability, at any cost. It is also another reason, on the already burgeoning pile of reasons, as to why the Iraq Surrender Group should be dismissed regarding it's ridiculous talk of negotiating with Iran and Syria. Fortunately, Arafat is dead, so we can at least not have to endure more foolishness from the State Department calling him a "peacemaker".
Unfortunately, much damage has already been done and lives lost unnecessarily. Those who knew, should hang their heads in shame at the scam they perpetuated on the rest of us and the graves they spat upon.
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