The Damour Massacre by Palestinians in Lebanon – 1976
“It was an apocalypse,” said Father Mansour Labaky, a Christian Maronite priest who survived the massacre at Damour. “They were coming, thousands and thousands, shouting ‘Allahu Akbar! Let us attack them for the Arabs, let us offer a holocaust to Mohammad!’ And they were slaughtering everyone in their path, men, women and children.”
New York Times correspondent David Shipler visited Damour, a Christian village near Beirut, which had been occupied by the PLO since 1976, when Palestinians and Lebanese leftists sacked the city and massacred hundreds of its inhabitants. The PLO, Shipler wrote, had turned the town into a military base, “using its churches as strongholds and armories” (New York Times, June 21, 1982).
When the IDF drove the PLO out of Damour in June 1982, Prime Minister Menachem Begin announced that the town’s Christian residents could come home and rebuild. Returning villagers found their former homes littered with spray-painted Palestinian nationalist slogans, Fatah literature and posters of Yasir Arafat. They told Shipler how happy they were that Israel had liberated them.
In July 1982 the United States sent U.S. Marines to Beirut to facilitate to transfer of Yasir Arafat’s PLO forces to Tunisia thereby preventing angry Lebanese Christians and their Israeli allies from eliminating the terrorist group once and for all.
By September 1,1982 over 14,000 armed PLO forces had left Beirut for their new headquarters in Tunis.
Saving Yasir Arafat and his gang of terrorists did not as planned, endear the United States with the remaining terror groups in Lebanon.
In October 1983, a suicide bomb attack killed 241 U.S. marines. In February 1984, U.S. marines were removed from Lebanon.
Many American commentators seeking a scape-goat, proceeded to blame the bombing of the Marine barracks on Israel.
Today the United States is making the same mistake they made when trying to protect the PLO and other terrorist groups in Lebanon. Barrack Hussein Obama, with support from his Democratic Party and most of the Republican Congress, has spent billions of taxpayer’s dollars in support of the Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra (JN), the official al-Qaeda (AQ) affiliate in Syria in their jihad against secular Syrians and millions of Syrian and Iraqi Christians.
“Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. When change is absolute there remains no being to improve and no direction is set for possible improvement: and when experience is not retained, as among savages, infancy is perpetual. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” George Santayana (1863-1952) “The Life of Reason”