Sunday, October 10, 2004

On this day in military 732 and others

On this day in military 732. Charles Martel of France defeats the Moors at the Battle of Tours near Poitiers, France (or if you prefer, the Battle of Poitiers near Tours, France), thus stopping the Muslim advance into Western Europe.

On this day in military 1944. Eight hundred (800) Gypsy children are gassed at Auschwitz death camp in Poland. Before Bosnia and Srebrenica, "enlightened" people thought that "death camps" and "ethnic cleansing" was a thing of the past. Interesting how "the past" has a nasty way of repeating itself.

On this day in military 1985. American F-14 fighters intercept an Egyptian jet airliner flying the hijackers of the passenger cruise ship, the Achille Lauro, to freedom and force it to land at the NATO airbase located at Sigonella, Sicily. However, after the hijackers are taken into Italian custody, Mohammed Abbas and another Palestinian are released (thanks Italy), but later convicted in abstentia. This same Mohammed Abbas was later found to be on Saddam Hussein's payroll when he was captured by US commandos in Iraq in April 2003 during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He later died in March 2004 of "natural causes" while in US custody. And the donks still say that there are no Saddam/terrorist connections.


At 12:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great El-....

Greetings. I often troll bloggs in freetime and notice that yours' is often military history mixed with a lot of personal/public e-mail to someone you must know. Anyway, how much of what you post do you know to be true? I find your connection with Mohammed Abbas and Saddam very intriguing, but hesitate in quoting it to others as fact as the only reference I could site would be, "Um...I read it from The Great El-ahrairah." offense, but not very convincing as you can see.

At 10:09 PM, Blogger The Great El-ahrairah said...

My Saddam/Abbas connection came from the internet. I was wondering what had happened to him so I did a search and Wikipedia or something like that came up with the rest of the facts. After reading it, I remember hearing about him being caught after the US showed up in Fraggie. I didn't know that he had died while in custody, but whether by natural causes or otherwise, but with the 24-hour Abu Ghraib coverage, the MSM hasn't picked up on it. Maybe they decided that championing the cause of a man who planned the hijacking of an ocean liner where an American Jew in wheelchair was killed was a bit too much for their pro-Arab leanings. I guess that you can still argue that Saddam didn't have terrorist connections, but since you are known by the people that you associate with, ergo, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to deduce that Saddam was in bed with terrorists.


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