Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Mohamed Ali Hamadi - terrorist scum

We didn't get a chance to opine on this the other day but the always reliable Little Green Footballs had the post and an excellent update today.

Hamadi was convicted and sentenced to life in prison in Germany for the murder of Navy diver Robert Dean Stethem during the hijacking of TWA Flight 847 in 1985.

He was just released and has returned to Lebanon - his release may have been part of an exchange for German archaeologist Susanne Osthoff who was kidnapped in Iraq and just released.

LGF reminds us of Robert Dean Stethem: [link currently unavailable as its been LGF-lanched]

When the plane was at the Beirut airport in Lebanon, Petty Officer Stethem was singled out because he was in the US military. After many hours of being cruelly beaten, tortured, and finally killed by the terrorists, they threw his body from the plane in a final disgraceful, cowardly act. The wounds were so terrible that his body had to be identified by its fingerprints.

Throughout the ordeal, Robert Stethem did not yield, and instead encouraged his fellow passengers to endure by his example. He was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star for heroism and bravery. He is buried at Arlington Cemetery.

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