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.

This site is dedicated to the memory of my cousin, Kenneth Haas.

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  1. I love this site and its honesty. I only wish more Muslims had the tolerance non-Muslims have. It would be a more peaceful world. An example of their intolerance. Some Muslims, not all, of course) react violently to freedom of expression: I recently wrote a novel (available at Amazon and Kindle), “The Prophetess of Islam.” It is *fiction* but it is favorable and encouraging to Muslim women! Unfortunately, some Muslims have taken issue with the fact my main character is woman (and lesbian) and has been approached in person by Allah via the angel Gabriel and Prophet Muhammad to change (i.e. improve) the way Islam treats women and say modern Islam is not what Allah intended when it was founded. I have received hate email from a video I created for the book (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZH7QGnpRlbU)

    For Muslims living in America, you are welcome to stay, live, work, have kids, and practice your faith, but you are in America. We have a Constitution, a Bill of Rights, and legal precedent that works for us. If you don’t like it and can’t live within our framework of law and culture, go elsewhere. Long live freedom of speech and religion!

    • Thank you for the compliment Gary. The excerpt of your book on Amazon was very interesting and well written. A new messenger for Islam would be a wonderful thing. I think the closest we have at the moment to a real life new messenger is Malala Yousafzai

  2. Pingback: US Marks 30th Anniversary Of Beirut Embassy Bombing | The Counter Jihad Report

  3. A comment to Gary Nelson – yesterday I was searching on-line for a Western feminist analysis of Sharia Law and the image of women constructed by Islam. I could find none! Apparently, Western Feminism sees itself as a typical left wing movement that supports any regime which hates the USA! Therefore they consider male chauvinist Islam as the victim, despite the fact that everything they stand for would be condemned under Sharia Law. I realized we are dealing with Academic Political Correctness whose lingua franca is Victimology and is as tyrannical as Sharia Law and the Communist Manifesto. Witness the present Administration!

  4. Your posting was very thoughtful. Ken and I were friends in Beirut. Until the bombing, we had good, bad, and crazy times. After the bombing they were mostly bad. Our personal tragedy has become just a footnote in today’s daily reporting on terrorism. Regardless, Ken is in my thoughts whenever I think of Beirut. He’s not forgotten.

  5. Thank you for your comment Jim. I’ve met several people through this blog who knew or worked with Ken and it always gives me an emotional tug. If you want to share anything privately use the contact form.

  6. Ken Haas was one of my Philosophy professors at Hamline University in St. Paul, MN. I have never met a person who was able to take an argument apart with such clarity and speed. I really appreciated his wisdom and and abilities. While the
    CIA lost a valuable “asset”, the US lost a brilliant individual and thinker.

  7. We have a lot in common. I am a registered nurse, an activist and a Desert Storm Vet of the USMC. I stood colorguard at the 10th anniversary, I believe, of the Beirut Bombing at Camp Johnson in NC. Thank you and peace be with you!

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