Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Our Friends the Germans

Realistically, I expect no reaction whatsoever from the U.S. media as a whole about the release of Hezbollah terrorist Mohammed Ali Hamadi on parole, although at least CNN is reporting it. Who? You know, the murderer of U.S. Navy Diver Robert Dean Stethem during the hijacking of TWA Flight 847 in Beirut.
Stetham's heroism was such that the Navy named a guided-missile destroyer after him. The USS Stethem's website says:
USS STETHEM (DDG 63) is the first U.S. Navy warship named to honor the life and service of Steelworker Second Class (DV) Robert Dean Stethem, USN (1961-1985). Petty Officer Stethem entered the Navy on May 4, 1981. He attended recruit training in Great Lakes, Illinois, and was assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Sixty-two, homeported at Gulfport, Mississippi. In October 1984, he was assigned to Underwater Construction Team One at Little Creek, Virginia.

Petty Officer Stethem was a victim of the terrorist hijacking of Trans World Airlines Flight 847 on June 14, 1985. He was returning home from an assignment in Nea Makri, Greece, when the terrorists seized and ordered the aircraft to Beirut, Lebanon. Petty Officer Stethem was singled out from the passengers as a U.S. Navy Sailor and killed when terrorist demands were not met. He was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart in 1985 and the Bronze Star in 1986.

Petty Officer Stethem’s family has a long and proud Naval history. Both of Petty Officer Stethem’s parents served in the U.S. Navy as well as civil service posts. His father, Richard, served for twenty-six years retiring as a Senior Chief Petty Officer. Petty Officer Stethem’s mother, Patricia, was a Storekeeper before leaving the Navy to raise a family. Petty Officer Stethem’s brother Patrick was a Steelworker Second Class before leaving active duty and his other brother, Kenneth, served in the U.S. Navy for twenty years retiring as a Chief Boatswain’s Mate and Navy SEAL.

According to CNN, "Hamadi was convicted in 1989 in Frankfurt, Hessen state, for the beating and shooting of Robert Dean Stethem, a 23-year-old U.S. Navy diver whose body was thrown on the tarmac at Beirut airport during the hijacking of TWA Flight 847."

Thanks for your support in the Global War on Terror, Germany. I hope we can get this guy to GITMO before he kills any other U.S. servicemen.

EDIT (20 DEC 05, 11:16) - From James Taranto's Best of the Web:
"Germany has quietly released a Hizbollah member jailed for life for the murder of a U.S. Navy diver, apparently disregarding Washington's wish to extradite him, diplomats and German officials said on Tuesday," Reuters reports from Berlin:

"He served his term," Eva Schmierer, a spokeswoman for Germany's justice ministry, told a news conference.

Sources in Berlin and Beirut said earlier that Mohammad Ali Hammadi, convicted of killing Navy diver Robert Dean Stethem in Beirut during the 1985 hijacking of a TWA flight and sentenced to life in prison, was flown back to Lebanon last week.

If he was sentenced to life in prison, how can be released after having "served his term," unless he is in a box? This is one reason we have nothing but contempt for European elites' opposition to the death penalty. At least when someone is executed, he really has served his term.
I would've stopped at "Nothing but contempt for European elites." Damn Jerry!


Blogger Rebekah bloody well said...

I can't believe they released that guy. Some "allies" we have. Sheesh.

20 December, 2005 17:10  
Blogger TexasFred bloody well said...

I have some VERY strong things to say about this but I have NOT been able to get a grip on them just yet, they are WAY too *R* rated to publish at the moment...

20 December, 2005 18:28  
Blogger Uranttilly bloody well said...

Ah .. you're right Fred same here.
A concrete enema with a Koran used as aggregate would be too good for the likes of this subhuman piece of *trash*

20 December, 2005 19:24  
Blogger Crazy Politico bloody well said...

Life without parole means 19 years? WTF Germany, do you have no one there that can do the math on that?

20 December, 2005 23:32  

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