Marine Families Angry with Hezbollah, Syria and Iran
by Jim Kouri, CPP
The current hostilities in Lebanon are for some American families a sad reminder of tragic events over two decades ago, when Hezbollah terrorists in 1983 attacked the U.S. barracks in Beirut, killing 241 Marines who had been stationed as an international peacekeeping force.
Those Marines were members of the same unit that is currently protecting and helping American citizens as they evacuate from what has beome a war zone in the Middle East.
"We understand only too well how Hezbollah uses terrorism to advance its radical goals," said Lynn Smith Derbyshire, whose brother was killed in the Beirut bombing.
"Hezbollah must no longer be allowed to terrorize the citizens of the world, whether in Israel, the United States or in Lebanon," she said.
Derbyshire is a member of a group called: "Justice For Marine Corps Families - Victims of Terrorism" that for years has strongly urged the US government to hold Hezbollah's sponsors in Iran and Syria accountable for the actions of their proxy army. Iran helped create Hezbollah, while Syria allowed them to maintain a strangehold in Lebanon.
In March 2003, a judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that when Hezbollah attacked the Marines in October 1983, the terrorist organization carried out the direct will of the Islamic Republic of Iran and its Ministry of Information and Security. As punishment, the judge found Iran financially liable for the attacks.
The government of Iran retains commercial investments in the US and is using profits made on American soil to finance more terrorism through Iranian-controlled banks that have invested Iranian funds in US property.
Legislation is pending in Congress that clarifies the language in existing laws so that the families and victims of the 1983 Beirut bombing may target these illicit investments to collect on court-ordered damages.
"By passing H.R. 865 and S. 1257, Congress can stop Iran from funding more attacks by Hezbollah with money that is made right here in the United States," said Steve Forbes, former Republican presidential candidate.
"Hezbollah [terrorists] killed our loved ones without consequence, and now they are attacking other nations," said Derbyshire. "We can stop this is by passing laws that will take action against Hezbollah for atrocities already committed."
Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police. He's former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed "Crack City" by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for a number of organizations. He's also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. He writes for many police and crime magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer, Campus Law Enforcement Journal, and others. He's appeared as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, Fox News, etc. His book Assume The Position is available at Amazon.Com, Booksamillion.com, and can be ordered at local bookstores. Kouri holds a bachelor of science in criminal justice and master of arts in public administration and he's a board certified protection professional.