The Achille Lauro Hijacking. Lessons in the Politics and by Michael K. Bohn

By Michael K. Bohn

Political speeches and public rhetoric paint the phenomena of terrorism with a black-and-white brush, featuring it as a simple conflict among evildoers and heroes. With The Achille Lauro Hijacking, Michael okay. Bohn, who watched the incident spread from the White apartment state of affairs Room, makes use of essentially the most notorious terrorist incidents of the prior twenty-five years to light up the folly of such oversimplified jingoisms. The 1985 hijacking of the Italian cruise send, the fantastic trap of the terrorists, and a formerly untold tale of yankee bigotry come jointly during this publication as a case examine within the advanced forces that form either terrorism and the responses that it triggers.

In October 1985, 4 Palestinian males hijacked an Italian cruise send, Achille Lauro, preserving thousands hostage for 2 days. The hijackers killed disabled, sixty-nine 12 months previous Jewish American, Leon Klinghoffer, and threw his physique into the ocean. Many take into accout Klinghoffer's...

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1st ed. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 1-57488-779-3 (alk. paper) 1. Achille Lauro Hijacking Incident, 1985 2. Terrorism—Mediterranean Region—Case studies. 3. Italy—Politics and government—1976-1994. I. Title. 15′4′0916387—dc22 2004006728 ISBN 1-57488-780-7 (paperback) Printed in the United States of America on acid-free paper that meets the American National Standards Institute Z39-48 Standard. Potomac Books, Inc. ” (1987–1989) 6 Mideast Machiavelli (1990–1991) 7 The Death of Klinghoffer (1991–1995) 8 The Ship of Death 9 Terrorist Turned Politician (1996–1999) 10 Gotcha!

We are Argentineans,” they said, trying to explain their reticence to chat. But they did not understand a thing when a woman speaking fluent Spanish wanted to speak with them. Having boarded the ship with passports from Portugal, Norway, and Argentina, perhaps they were trying to maintain the smallest shred of their cover story. On Sunday, the Klinghoffers and their friends celebrated Marilyn’s fifty-eighth birthday. The beach people were glad to see Leon enjoying himself, savoring the benefits of a good life.

Molqi, his clothes splattered with Klinghoffer’s blood, rejoined his comrades outside the lounge, saying, “I have killed the American”. He and a second hijacker, Bassam al-Ashker, then went to the bridge. ” He then handed Mrs. ” De Rosa was fully aware at that point that Klinghoffer was dead, a point that later became the basis for a serious diplomatic conflict. “I was convinced they were going to kill more people,” De Rosa recalled later. ” Peter Kohler, a writer and expert on merchant ships, especially passenger liners, came to know De Rosa well when he took a cruise aboard Achille Lauro only a few months after the hijacking.

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