Advocating on Behalf of the American Military and Defense on the War on Terror

Thirty years ago today, we lost many of our warriors in a terrorist attack. The U.S. Marine Barracks in Beirut, Lebanon was attacked. Terrorists detonated car bombs killing 241 Marines and many more civilians. For those Marines who survived that day, the toughest thing is that Americans seem to forget.

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At the time, future Move America Forward Co-Founder Melanie Morgan was just a newly-hired reporter for ABC. She traveled to Beirut to cover the bombing. It was to be the first major story she ever covered.

Learn the lesson of Beirut!
  Melanie   Morgan, Co-Founder, Move America Forward
  Originally Published Oct 23, 2005 |

  Suffering   from a 101-degree fever, I was too sick and too tired to notice that as our   plane entered Beirut airspace we had come under small-weapons fire from the   ground. I was a young reporter sent by ABC's San Francisco news radio station   to cover the horrific bombing of the U.S. Marine barracks by Islamic   terrorists - 241 U.S. Service members, most of them Marines, had fallen   victim to the hardened disciples of the so-called "Religion of   Peace."
  On Oct. 23, 1983, a delivery truck had driven through the barricades   surrounding the Marine barracks, driving straight into the lobby and   detonating explosives equal to 12,000 pounds of TNT. Most of the Marines inside   were crushed to death in their sleep as the four-story building collapsed.
  There are memories from those days that haunt me: unforgettable sights and   smells.
  I still recall the sight of 8-year-old boys feeding ammunition belts to their   fathers, as they manned the foxholes that encircled the Beirut airport. These   children were being taught to hate the United States and Israel. Those   children are now of age where they are the prime candidates to fly airplanes   into American office buildings and detonate "dirty" bombs in   American cities.
  I can also remember the smell of death that hung in the air, clinging to the   scraps of metal, the dirt, and the shattered concrete.
  I remember my interview with one of the Marines who survived: Price Troche.   He was 21-years old and his family lived in the Bay Area. They had called our   radio station and begged me to find out if he had survived the bombing in   Beirut. I talked to his family in Hayward and let them know that their son   was alive - not well, but alive.
  Price had seen blood everywhere. All his friends were dead. He felt   guilt-stricken that he had not been able to stop the terrorist bombers by   firing at them as they approached. His gun was not loaded because he was a   peacekeeper, part of the contingent from the United States that was serving   at the request of the government of Lebanon to help provide stability and   security to the war-torn nation.
  But the terrorists didn't care that they were peacekeepers.
  Their agenda is one that is so extreme it cannot receive support through the   democratic process of free choice. Thus, it can only be enforced through   violence, death, terror and the targeting of civilians and, yes,   peacekeepers.
  The tactics of Islamic extremists have not changed in [30] years.
  They've blown up our embassies around the world. Just six months before the   attack on the U.S. Marine barracks, they had driven an explosives-filled   truck into the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, killing 63 people.
  They've killed U.S. peacekeepers in Mogadishu, Somalia.
  They blew a hole in the U.S.S. Cole, killing 17 sailors.
  They killed 19 more American servicemen when they detonated a truck bomb in   front of the Khobar Towers complex in Saudi Arabia.
  Islamic terrorists have recognized the vulnerability of commercial airliners   and targeted them repeatedly in their two-decade campaign of violence. They   bombed Pan Am Flight 103, killing 259 on the plane and another 11 people on   the ground in the small town of Lockerbie, Scotland.
  They hijacked TWA Flight 847 and held the plane, passengers and crew hostage   for 17 days. When they landed in Beirut, they dumped out the body of Robert   Stethem, a U.S. Naval diver who they had beaten and then shot in the head. I   was on the scene when the remaining hostages of Flight 847 were finally released   by the hijackers, and flown to Germany.
  By Sept. 11, 2001, they were flying the planes they hijacked into civilian   and government buildings here in the United States, killing thousands.
  They brought down the World Trade Towers that they had attacked once before   in a 1993 bombing that killed 6 people and injured more than 1,000 others.
  So here we are - [30] years after the Beirut bombings - and I sit here   realizing that our nation has yet to find the resolve and the will to fight   back in a war that was long ago declared against us.
  We seem stuck in the position Price Troche faced [30] years ago in Beirut. We   see the terrorists, we know what their intent is, but we're not free to take   action because of the limitations put upon us by others in the world.
  That's got to stop.
  It's time we learned the lesson of Beirut, 1983. We can never succumb to the   terrorists. We can never appease them. And we can't worry about what other   nations or politicians will say.
  It's time to fight them, kill them, and then let God sort out their ultimate   destiny.



Melanie Morgan,
    Move America Forward


                        For too many Americans it is easy to forget days like today, or the memory of those troops who gave their lives. "The worst part for me is that nobody remembers," retired Marine Mark Nevells told the Bangor Daily News. Nevells was a Marine in Beirut when the attack happened and lost many friends that day. The greatest shame would be to forget the sacrifice of those 241 Marines who were lost in that bombing.  As a nation, our biggest weakness is that people forget. As Ronald Reagan said, "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction." He meant that if we do not fight the threats to our freedom, if we become complacent and blind to the dangers around the world, if we let our guard down, we will lose our freedom. We can't let America forget. Please use the social media links to share this message with your friends and family and remind them what happened in Beirut. It was because of Beirut and countless other terrorist attacks that Melanie Morgan decided to help found Move America Forward and build a grassroots movement to support our troops and stand against the terrorists ideology that seeks to destroy the American way of life.If you can, please make a donation to Move America Forward to help us keep reminding the American people and spreading the message of support for our troops in their fight against the terrorists.

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