19-Year Manhunt Is Over

19-Year Manhunt Is Over

On June 25, 1996, a truck bomb exploded in eastern Saudi Arabia, killing 19 Americans and wounding 372 more. The bombing took place in an 8-story dormitory for U.S. Air Force personnel known as the Khobar Towers. The report of the bomber’s capture is at page 9A of the Raleigh News & Observer (“N&O”) dated August 27, 2015, written by Aya Batrawy and Ken Dilanian of the Associated Press.

Ahmed al-Mughassil, Saudi Hezbollah mastermind of the bombing, was arrested in Beirut and transferred to Riyadh, ending an almost 2-decade manhunt in which the FBI offered a $5 million reward for information leading to his arrest.

Al-Mughassil, also known as Abu Omran, was named in an indictment issued in Alexandria, VA, along with 14 others. The charges include murder of federal employees and bombing resulting in death.

The Khobar Towers bombing was the deadliest attack on U.S. forces since the bombing of the U.S. Marines barracks in Beirut in 1983 that killed 241 American servicemen.

When I read this article I cheered that another terrorist was caught, but was not happy that the story was buried on page 9A. I may yet let the N&O know that this story should have had much more visibility – front page! In my opinion, this story is much more important than Trump’s latest harrangue, Hillary’s email, a new factory in Johnston County, etc…….

Just sayin’, as they say…….


Apologize for Hiroshima and Nagasaki?

It’s time for the annual calls for the U.S. to apologize for using the atomic bomb on Japan to end the Pacific part of World War II.

Along with some eloquent op-ed contributors to the August 11, 2015 edition of the Raleigh News & Observer, I submit that not only did President Truman’s decision to use the atomic bomb not only saved millions of American, Japanese, and other lives that would have been lost if Japan did not surrender, but also that the atrocities committed by the Japanese military during the war far outweigh the consequences of the two atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Today we are able to review the facts easily and quickly with a few keystrokes and an Internet search engine, and the facts show that the Japanese military murdered hundreds of thousands of civilians, enslaved hundreds of thousands more, executed tens of thousands of  prisoners of war, and forcing the U.S. into war in the first place with the attack on Pearl Harbor.  Search “WWII Japanese atrocities” to find, for example:


The following link contains information about Japan’s apologies for their military’s atrocities, including some reparations:


Is a U.S. apology needed?  I’m on the side that says no.