My name is Leslie Burt. I am a retired nurse. I started reading about Islamic Jihad after 9/11. After going to conferences and speaking engagements on the subject I began to connect with others and started sharing what I had learned.
I started this blog in response to the frequently asked questions, “Where can I go to learn more?” and “What action can be taken?”
This blog is mainly a news aggregating site but will also include an extensive library of resources for studying Islam and networking with other Counter Jihad activists.
My Interest in Islamic Jihad stems from the 1983 Hezbollah truck bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Beirut in which my cousin, Ken Haas, was killed. He and his wife of one year had just finished lunch in Ken’s office at the Embassy and kissed good-bye. She had driven back to their apartment where she heard the explosion. After several agonizing days of waiting while rescuers sifted through the wreckage it was finally revealed that Ken had died instantly at his desk.
In all, 63 people were killed, 17 of whom were Americans. The entire U.S. Central Intelligence Agency Middle Eastern contingent was killed setting our intelligence back for years. Ken was the station chief at the time. Hezbollah had ushered in a new era of tactical suicide bombings that continue to this day.
I have always wondered why the media usually only mentions the marine barracks bombing by Hezbollah in 1983. I want people to remember the Embassy bombing because that was really the beginning of this era of suicide bombings. I also find it sad that so many Foreign service workers who have lost their lives in the service of their country are not remembered and honored due to the classified nature of their work. An investigative journalist named Ted Gup wrote “The Book Of Honor: The Secret Lives and Deaths of CIA Operatives“. It is available in its entirety online here. The details surrounding the 1983 Embassy bombing episode with personal accounts of those involved, including my cousin Ken, are here.
In 2005 Iran was found to be responsible for the Embassy truck bombing and therefore liable for damages in a lawsuit filed by the victim’s family members. A record of the court testimony can be found online here. It contains a gripping, actual account of the impact this has had on members of my family, as recorded in their own words. It also contains heartwarming remembrances of Ken, giving an idea of the kind of person he was. Pages 104 – 126 deal with Ken’s surviving family member’s testimony. His wife, Allison’s testimony is on pages 109 – 117; his only son, Alex’s testimony is on pages 117 – 121; and his father, Gene’s testimony is on pages 121 – 126.
In 2008 the CIA and Mossad assassinated Imad Mughniyah, the Hezbollah leader who was responsible for Ken’s death. In Jan. 2015, Israel killed his son, Jihad Imad Mughniyah, along with 5 other Hezbollah operatives and a senior general in Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps. You can read about the details of the operation here.
This site is dedicated to the memory of my cousin, Kenneth Haas.