Tuesday, September 12, 2006

I Guess This is What They Mean By Multilateralism

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NATO partner and "ally" Germany has released and deported a terrorist who killed a US Navy sailor:

WASHINGTON — One of the most infamous terrorists of the 1980s has rejoined Hezbollah following his release from a German prison and deportation to his native Lebanon in December 2005, a senior Bush administration official told FOX News.

Right back to his terrorist ways. Just like those we release from Gitmo.

Mohammed Ali Hamadi was released despite strong U.S. objections, FOX News learned. Those objections were raised in phone calls to German authorities by Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and FBI Director Robert Mueller, as well as by top-level State Department and administration counter-terrorism officials.

"[The Germans] ignored us and didn't give us enough time to pursue it through legal action," an official told FOX News on the condition of anonymity. "They gave us very short notice."

What would the outcry be if we released a known terrorist back to their country of origin who had killed a German citizen?

They didn't even give us a chance to work out legal means to get this guy put in an American jail. What could possibly be the reason for that? Wait for it:

U.S. officials said they "can't rule out" the possibility that Germany deported Hamadi, after he had served 19 years of a life sentence, in exchange for the release of Susanne Osthoff, a German archeologist taken hostage in Iraq and freed four days after Hamadi's deportation. German authorities have denied any such deal was made.

Of course they denied it, but it doesn't make sense they would release this guy without us having a chance to get him, especially after serving only 19-years of a life sentence. So what did this guy do to warrant a life sentence?

In June 1985, Hamadi was one of four Islamic militants who commandeered TWA Flight 847 — en route from Athens to Rome — and hijacked it to Beirut. The ensuing hostage ordeal lasted 17 days, with the plane shuttling among various Mediterranean airports.

On the second day of the hijacking, Hamadi and his accomplices learned that U.S. Navy diver Robert Dean Stethem was on board. Hamadi and his co-conspirators beat Stethem unconscious, then shot him to death and dumped his body on the tarmac of the Beirut airport. The hijackers later escaped.

This guy beat a Navy diver unconscious and then for kicks shot him because he was an American. They then kicked his body onto the tarmac like he was garbage.

Thanks for nothing Germany and PM Merkel. I hope you feel safe negotiating and appeasing terrorists.

Update: Another hearty thanks to the friggin' Germans for this too:

Five years after the world stood “shoulder to shoulder” with America in the aftermath of 9/11, The Times has learnt that many of the countries that pledged support then have now ignored an urgent request for more help in fighting a resurgent Taleban and its al-Qaeda allies.

Turkey, Germany, Spain and Italy have all effectively ruled out sending more troops. France has not committed itself either way, but the military sources in Kabul said that there were no expectations that the French would contribute to a new battlegroup, especially now that they were providing a substantial force in Lebanon.

Good luck with that little terrorist problem you've developed. Didn't Mohammed Atta and several of his accomplices live in Germany?

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