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Flashback 1983: Reagan Reneged on Promise to Protect Palestinians After Bombing Retreat. 1000s Slaughtered

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President Ronald Reagan with Caspar Weinberger...

President Ronald Reagan with Caspar Weinberger, George Shultz, Ed Meese, and Don Regan discussing the President’s remarks on the Iran-Contra affair, Oval Office (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In 1983, Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger didn’t want the Marines in Beirut.

They’d gone in the year before to calm fears that Lebanon’s civil war could spark a battle engulfing the entire Middle East. The Marines’ role was to evacuate Palestinian fighters and prevent an invasion from neighboring Israel.

U.S. diplomats promised the safety of Palestinian families who remained. But after the Marines finished their job and withdrew in 1982, thousands of Palestinians — largely women, children and the elderly — were massacred by Israeli-backed Lebanese militia.

An embarrassed State Department persuaded President Ronald Reagan to send the Marines back, hoping their mere presence in Lebanon would prevent further bloodshed and salvage the peace plan. Weinberger fought the decision.


Written by voiceoftruthusa

November 11, 2013 at 5:22 am

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