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February 17, 2008

Responding to the Gray Lady's Tears

When top Hezbollah terrorist Imad Mugniyah was treated to a little poetic justice last week, the New York Times ran this shot of his grieving father and grandfather as the #1 Picture of the Day:


Really tugs on the heartstrings, doesn't it?

Mugniyah was behind the 1983 Marine barracks bombing that killed 241 American service members in Beirut. He was also among the hijackers of TWA Flight 847, who killed Navy Seabee diver Robert Stethem. Stethem's brother Patrick comments on the coverage of Mugniyah's demise:

I wouldn't even call it politically correct. I'd call it pro-terrorist. You know, he's been convicted of these crimes against humanity. He was responsible for the Beirut Marine barracks bombing, which was the largest non-nuclear explosion at that time since World War II. I mean, there's no doubt of the blood on this guy's hands, and the fact that, you know, it was so fitting it was a car-bomb that finally got him, which was his, you know, method of choice. And, you know, I saw those [New York Times] pictures, and now his family understands the terror and the sadness that he inflicted on hundreds of families. And, it's a terrible thing. And, as happy as I was to see his reign of terror end, at the same time, it doesn't allow us to reach back in time, and pull, you know, our loved ones back to us.

But Pinch Sulzberger et al. can take heart: there are other vicious killers where Mugniyah came from.

On a tip from Cheetah.

Posted by Van Helsing at February 17, 2008 11:35 AM


He was such a good boy.

Posted by: chsw at February 17, 2008 5:37 PM

The schadenfreude just won't go away.

Posted by: steve at February 17, 2008 5:43 PM

Aren't these the guys who tell their followers that death for Allah's sake is desirable? And- is it just me, or is there an absence of tears on those two faces? A phony "Clinton-at-Ron-Brown's-funeral" photo-op moment perhaps???

Posted by: Toa at February 17, 2008 7:40 PM