Finally, official recognition that Iran declared war on America back in ' 83 when they murdered 241 Marines in Beirut in what was the single largest non nuclear explosion since World War II. I thought Reagan was wrong then, and I still think he was wrong. Whether he understood Islamic jihad or not, we were attacked and he should have responded with unforgiving force. FACT. We wouldn't be in the straits we are in now incapable of defining ourselves, icapable of defending our Western beliefs, and spastic in our approach to winning this war with an enemy who has nothing, NOTHING, except self confidence and a very real understanding of who they are. Pure evil.
Iran fined $2.65 billion for ’83 Beirut bombing MSNBC hat tip Helen
Judge awards sum to families of U.S. service members killed in barracks
WASHINGTON - Iran must pay $2.65 billion to the families of the 241 U.S. service members killed in the 1983 bombing of the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut, a federal judge declared Friday in a ruling that left survivors and families shedding tears of joy.
U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth described his ruling as the largest-ever such judgment by an American court against another country. "These individuals, whose hearts and souls were forever broken, waited patiently for nearly a quarter century for justice to be done," he said.
Iran has been blamed for supporting the militant group Hezbollah, which carried out the suicide bombing in Beirut. It was the worst terrorist act against U.S. targets until the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.
Iran is Hezbollah. They fight by proxy, by Iranian foreign legion. Then and now.
PHOTO: Family members of service members killed in the 1983 bombing of the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut, from left, Valerie Giblin, Tiffany Giblin, Darlene Hairston, and her daughter Sherry Johnson, stand outside the U.S. District Court House in Washington on Friday after a federal judge ruled Iran must pay in the bombing.