Wednesday, July 21, 2010

News Flash: Using My Testimony, Court Fines North Korea $378 Million

By Barry Rubin

A Puerto Rican court has awarded $378 million to the relatives of people killed in the 1972 terrorist attack on Israel’s airport. I was the chief witness at the trial to explain and document the connections between the Japanese Red Army, which carried out the attack, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), and North Korea, the state sponsor for the attack. See here and here.

Attacks like this continue to this day--and attempts are made every day--sponsored by Iran, Syria, and other states while the murderous efforts are implemented by groups like Hamas, Hizballah, and even Fatah. One wonders whether they will have their day in court, too, and be subjected once again to the isolation and contempt that they deserve. The present moment is featuring large amounts of sympathy for the perpetrators, diplomatic engagement, and constantly criticizing their victims.

Even now, the British prime minister is in Washington trying to explain how one of the Libyan murderers of scores of Americans and others in the Lockerbie plane bombing was released on “compassionate” grounds on the claim that he was dying, only to make a “miraculous” recovery on reaching Libya. Remarkably, this release coincided with a big oil deal between Libya and a British company called BP, maybe you've heard of it.

Western intellectuals and experts are clamoring for engagement with Hamas and Hizballah even though the blood is not even dried on their hands. At the UN, the sponsors of terrorism and their friends have far more power than their targets. And attacks are carried out with more cleverness in an era of profound credulity, so that Hamas can start a war and use human shields only to reap benefits, while the Turkish regime organizes a theatrical jihad attack of which even video tape of the event is not considered proof by many for what actually happened.
Such anarchy in wonderland the world cannot long endure.

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