February 14, 2008, - 12:32 pm

Death of Stethem’s Murderer Mughniyeh “A New Day”

By Debbie Schlussel

A member of the Stethem family wrote this great column she wrote for the New York Sun on the assassination of Hezbollah military chief Imad Mughniyeh. Mughniyeh helped torture and assassinate Robert Dean Stethem, the U.S. Navy diver on hijacked TWA Flight 847. As I’ve noted before, Stethem was tortured to death because he was an American, an American soldier, and because he refused–amidst much torture and stomping–to denounce America. That is the definition of a true patriot.


American Hero Robert Dean Stethem, Rest In Peace

Imad Mugniyah is, most tragically, a Stethem household name. His career of terror and exploits of destruction are well known to our family. One incident in particular is all too close to home. Imad Mugniyah was the Hezbollah mastermind of the 1985 TWA Flight 847 hijacking during which U.S. Navy Diver Robert Dean Stethem was brutally tortured and then murdered.
The memory of Robert’s bravery and heroism during his ordeal was formally recognized and forever preserved for posterity in the commissioning of the USS Stethem, an Aegis class guided missile destroyer. The ship motto is “Steadfast and Courageous,” a fitting tribute to this brave American son lost all too soon. The list of Imad Mugniyah’s acts of hatred is heartbreaking. . . .
As my husband held the phone and listened quietly, his expression was one of both relief and reserve.
There is, of course, the hesitancy of the civilized mind in the actual rejoicing over the death of another human being. That being said, this particular death is one for which we are thankful and in which we find relief. . . .
It is fitting that he would meet the same kind of violent fate as did so many of his victims. This time, the blood on his hands was his own. . . .
Hell’s gates have swung wide open and swallowed one whom earth has regurgitated. He will not be comforted and his cries will be unheard. Imad Mugniyah is now denied the same mercy that he refused his victims.
The death of Imad Mugniyah does not bring back Robert Stethem. That son was ripped from his parents, snatched from his sister and brothers. He is a distant memory to one nephew and but a revered shadow to his other nephew and nieces. The murder of Robert Stethem was a devastating loss to his family. But it is the knowledge of Rob’s unspeakably brutal suffering that was and remains their agony. Time heals the sting of a personal loss. What time cannot touch is an imagination haunted by thoughts of a loved one’s torture for 15 hours, alone, on the other side of the world without a chance to be kissed goodbye or to be told how very much he would be missed.

As the Stethem Family and countless other freedom-loving Americans agree, despite Hezbollah’s claims, Imad Mughniyeh is not a martyr. He is a monster. And he is not enjoying 72 mythical virginal rape victims-in-waiting. He is rotting and burning in jehenim [Arabic for “hell”].
In the Stethem family, yesterday was a new day. Read the whole thing!

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9 Responses

Its a good day! When the Bible speaks of not rejoicing over the death of an enemy – it means one who has fought you honorably.
Jews are not commanded to show mercy to the descendants of Amalek. The Torah lists his inhumanity and narrates how he attacked the Israelite women and children and did not give the Jews food and water on their way from Egypt. He is neither allowed to join the Jewish people and wherever he is encountered, he should be utterly exterminated, without showing him remorse or compassion. That is the only response to Hassan Nasrallah who promises the “elimination of Israel.”
We should reserve mercy, compassion and humane feelings for the kind, decent and honorable people of this world. For the violent, the evildoers and the treacherous – the only fate they deserve is a swift death. Just like the one Imad Fayez Mughniyeh received yesterday.

NormanF on February 14, 2008 at 3:58 pm

To whomever killed Muga-whatever his name is (Who the ____ cares?), and is planning the imminent termination of Hassan Nasrallah, THANKS! And keep up the good work!
Couldn’t be the U.S., unless the military was somehow involved, since our civilian “security” agencies appear not to be able to find their asses with both hands placed behind their backs. Why, oh why, I.C.E., are Muga-scumbag’s relatives and associates still in this country? I know I’ll never get an answer to that one — just wanted to ask the question, however . . .

theendisnear on February 14, 2008 at 5:04 pm

I just hope the assassin gave him a gut wound so he suffered on his way to hell.

ScottyDog on February 14, 2008 at 5:46 pm

I was just reading this excellent piece of news on foxnews.com. There was an enormous funeral with a bunch of terrorist supporters and a speech by Hasran Nasrallah. How do these terrorist shindigs go on without cruise missiles reigning down? Inquiring minds would like to know.

JasonBourne81 on February 14, 2008 at 6:20 pm

That’s TWENTY YEARS AGO. The first spectacular ‘Palestinian’ hijacking horrors were abut 1970. It made me realize how long we have coddled and ‘explained’ Islamic barbarism under whatever guise.

poetcomic1 on February 15, 2008 at 10:20 am

My heart goes out to Robert Dean Stethem and his family; I only regret that someone didn’t throw gasoline on Imad Mughniyeh before he died.
Debbie: a Jewish soldier I knew in the service told me he didn’t believe in hell and that it’s not mentioned in the OT (only in the NT, which he didn’t recognize)…you’ve mentioned hell in this post so I’m confused a bit.

richardzowie on February 15, 2008 at 12:15 pm

I spoke with the daughter of 847’s pilot John Testrake who was also happy to hear the good news.

XRDC on February 18, 2008 at 1:51 am

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