October 10, 2005, - 12:16 pm

Leon Klinghoffer: Important Anniversary Hardly Remembered

By Debbie Schlussel
Recently, Lisa Klinghoffer e-mailed me about an important anniversary: the murder of her father, Leon Klinghoffer, by Islamic terrorists.
20 years ago, this past Saturday (October 8), Leon Klinghoffer–a helpless 69-year-old in a wheelchair on a cruise ship–was cruelly murdered for the dual crimes of being a Jew and an American. He and his wife were taking the cruise to celebrate their 36th wedding anniversary. After hijacking the ship, cowardly Palestinian terrorists assassinated Klinghoffer by gunshot and threw his body overboard, a plot masterminded by Abu Abbas.

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Leon Klinghoffer: American Hero in Life & Death

Here’s what one of many, who’ve written posthumous notes to Klinghoffer over the years through a cemetery website, wrote:
“You are a model of courage and strength for all of us to be proud of. You did not bow to the animal terrorists that took your life, but you, instead, showed them your true bravery, strength, and proudness.”
Unlike Klinghoffer, Abbas led a great life and was never punished. He was allowed to live in freedom–under the protection of Saddam Hussein in Iraq. He died in captivity shortly after U.S. troops captured him during the start of the War in Iraq. Abbas never faced justice.
Writes Lisa Klinghoffer: “We tried hard all these years to have him brought to justice. When he was caught, we tried to have him brought here to be tried for the Murder of my father, but, alas, he eluded us again and died in prison. If you ask me, he didn’t suffer enough!!!!!!!!!”
AMEN, Lisa!
An Egyptian jet tried to fly the Islamic hijacker-murderers to freedom, but U.S. Navy F-14 fighters intercepted it and forced it to land in Sicily. Now, however, there is word–through an FBI informant (whom I represented)–that the U.S. government may have shamefully allowed one of Klinghoffer’s murderers to live in freedom in the Washington, DC area, under an assumed name–“in exchange for information on Al Qaeda.” No information is enough to justify freedom (or even life) for any of Klinghoffer’s murderers.
When I wrote about the 20th anniversary of the torture murder of Navy diver Robert Stethem by Hezbollah terrorists, Lisa reminded me: “October 8th is the 20 year anniversary of the murder of our father, Leon Klinghoffer, aboard the Achille Lauro. For us, it is so hard to believe that it has been 20 years, and just look what has gone on in the world since!!!!!!!!”
Indeed.
In a few cases where Klinghoffer’s murder was “remembered,” it was nauseating. Despicable Brit John Adams created an “opera” about the murder of Klinghoffer, denigrating him and glorifying his Palestinian Islamic murderers. Here’s what a smart Aussie reviewer said about the film adaptation of this outrage:
“Nails scratched across a blackboard. The sound of a dentist’s drill. Plucking nose hairs with a pair of tweezers. All painful experiences but not a patch on watching this torturous two-hour[s].”
Lisa is right. It’s not just that we haven’t remembered Klinghoffer and his murder with proper attention and resolve. It’s that in the 20 years since his murder, we have empowered radical Muslims and the terrorists they support–the same ones who murdered her innocent, disabled father and threw him overboard. And now we are being asked–in our schools, our popular culture, our government policy–to “understand” them.
Klinghoffer’s murderers weren’t Christians. And they weren’t from Samoa or Fiji, either. They were Arab Muslims. The same group we keep denying is after us, today.
WAKE UP, AMERICA!
***UPDATE:
I received the following touching e-mail from Lisa Klinghoffer in response to the blogpost I wrote above:
Dear Debbie,
Thank you so much! It has been a tough time for me this past week. We went to the cemetery and cried. I have tried to be so brave and stoic over the years and do the work that we do in Leon’s honor and memory. But sometimes, I just have “a moment,” and all families have to go through the same, as we do.
Thanks for remembering. I mean that’s what it’s all about: to remember and to educate so that perhaps one day ……….
Thanks,
Lisa Klinghoffer

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12 Responses

Debbie,
I’ve never forgotten Leon Klinghoffer, and that infamous day/incident aboard The Achille Lauro. I was 16 years old. I continue to be disgusted that we haven’t remembered Klinghoffer and his murder with proper attention. We haven’t done enough to erradicate the real problem; ISLAM! RADICAL ISLAM!! And all those that enable these sub-human terrorists.

Yiddish Steel on October 10, 2005 at 12:51 pm

And yet we give millions every year to Palestine.

Walter E. Wallis on October 10, 2005 at 2:42 pm

The hijackers had been surprised by a crew member and acted prematurely. Holding the passengers and crew hostage, they directed the vessel to sail to Tartus, Syria, and demanded the release of 50 Palestinians then in Israeli prisons. Refused permission to dock at Tartus, the hijackers killed one wheelchair-bound passenger Ôø? an American named Leon Klinghoffer Ôø? because he was Jewish and threw his body overboard. The ship headed back towards Port Said, and after two days of negotiations the hijackers agreed to abandon the liner for safe conduct and were flown towards Tunisia aboard an Egyptian commercial airliner.
The plane was intercepted by United States Navy fighters on October 10 and directed to land at Naval Air Station Sigonella, a NATO base in Sicily, where the hijackers were arrested by the Italians after a disagreement between U.S. and Italian authorities. The other passengers on the plane (possibly including the hijackers’ leader Abu Abbas) were allowed to continue on to their destination, despite protests by the United States. Egypt demanded, but did not receive, an apology from the United States for forcing the airplane off course.
October 7, 1985

KOAJaps on October 10, 2005 at 3:20 pm

If it weren’t for innocent women, children, and the physically impaired, gutless wonder Muslim punks would never win a battle.
They have no spine.

DCWatson on October 10, 2005 at 3:40 pm

Achille Lauro anniversary; Leon Klinghoffer; Abu A

The MSM/DNC prefers to remain silent about this anniversary because it wants us to believe that terrorism began during the Presidency of George Bush – just like hurricanes.
. . . The terrorists doused American and British women with gasoline and ta…

The Cassandra Page on October 10, 2005 at 6:25 pm

This can’t be true. We all know that terrorism did not begin until George Bush became President – just like hurricanes. Click here to learn how the American left treated the military heros who captured the terrorists.
If the hyperlink doesn’t work – click here:
http://cassandra2004.blogspot.com/2005/10/achille-lauro-anniversary-leon.html

salt1907 on October 10, 2005 at 6:29 pm

Also,consider the types of lobotomized meshugenas
who made ‘Death of Klinghoffer’ the second leading grosser(out)of the ’92 San Francisco
(figures)Opera season;they got to watch arias with titles like ‘The Aria of The Falling Body’-dat’s right-Leon Klinghoffer’s body singing as it fell into the ocean and ‘The Bird Aria’ about a
“sensitive terrorist”..I’m in the mood to run Adams over with a bulldozer-so a hit play can be done about him,like Rachel Corrie.

jaywilton on October 11, 2005 at 10:34 am

The rotter who wrote that play should be a human shield for a while.

Dumbo on October 11, 2005 at 12:46 pm

Wow, 20 years, time really flies, guess I’m getting old (especially compared to Yiddish Steel :-)) (OK I was “only” 18 then….I remember the story vividly and how horrified I was by it).
Thanks for the reminder Debbie, “never forget” and “never again”!

hairymon on October 11, 2005 at 8:27 pm

From the moment this happened, I was impressed with Leon’s resistance and bravery. I believe there should be a national civilianfor bravery in the face of brutality. Some candidates might include the people who resisted on flight 93 on 9/11. This would be a way to immortalize Leon’s bravery and allow this too often forgotten event to never fade. Just my humble opinion, I have no idea how to accomplish this, and I am open to suggestions and tireless pursuit of this goal. Les

Les on July 18, 2008 at 7:00 pm

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