There is an urgent need for the public to become informed about the Global Islamic Jihad Movement. We must demand from our leaders that they become familiar with Islamic Law and jihadist ideology so that our counterterrorism policies can better protect us from this growing threat.
This blog is mainly a news aggregating site but also includes an extensive library of resources for studying Islam and networking with other Counter Jihad activists. My goal has been to pull from a variety of the most trusted and reliable sources to educate the public on the counter jihad movement. The many RSS feeds and counterjihad twitter feed in the sidebar are meant to provide a time saving jumping off point to access all the headlines and breaking news.
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. Ken left a career as a philosophy professor to work for the CIA and was the Station Chief in Beirut. 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. 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. In a recent development, U.S. State-Sponsored Terrorism Victims Can Finally Expect Some Compensation.
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.