[Gadi Adelman is] "Leading in the movement in the study of counter-terrorism", Dr. Walid Phares, Advisor to the Anti-Terrorism Caucus in the US House of Representatives

I’m Tired

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I'm Tired

After 31 years of speaking out, I have truly reached the point where I am tired. How much must happen and how many Americans must die every day, week after week, month in and month out, year after year before people realize that that the West is not the issue.

31 years is long time, actually it’s far too long. This week will be my birthday and I won’t be celebrating.

At 51 I can only look back and wonder why, why things have gotten worse rather than better. I have been speaking, writing and teaching about terror, Islam, Sharia and counter-terror for 31 years.

With all the news surrounding the death of Ambassador Christopher Stevens in Libya I have to start with the last death of an American Ambassador.

Although the last U.S. ambassador to die in the line of duty was Arnold Raphel, the U.S. ambassador to Pakistan, it is unsure whether it was a terrorist act. He perished in a plane crash in 1988, along with the then president of Pakistan, Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq.

Prior to that, the last ambassador to be killed in the line of duty was Adolph Dubs, the U.S. ambassador in Afghanistan, in 1979. On February 14, 1979, he was kidnapped by four terrorists and was killed when he was shot during an exchange of gunfire started between the terrorists and Afghan security forces.

An American Ambassador killed by terrorists. Did America notice, no.

Months after the Ayatollah Khomeini returned to Tehran and Iran voted to become an Islamic Republic we had the embassy takeover. On November 4, 1979 Iranians seized the U.S. embassy, taking 66 hostages. 14 were later released with the remaining 52 freed after 444 days on the day of President Reagan's inauguration.

This was not enough for people to take notice.

When I arrived back in the U.S. in 1981, I tried and tried to introduce this country to what I knew would be needed, anti-terrorism. I applied and interviewed with every alphabet soup government agency and was shot down by each and every one with the exception of the CIA. I was told, “This is America, we don’t have terrorism”.

The CIA offered me a position that I couldn’t speak about for years under the penalty of ‘treason’, but needless to say it wasn’t in the area of counter-terror. I refused the offer since it would have been going against my own morals, ethics and beliefs, not to mention, Israel.

In 1981 there weren’t even a handful of counter-terror people, as a matter of fact I knew of only two, myself and my dear friend and colleague Dr. Walid Phares.

Interestingly, both I and Dr. Phares have been saying and warning of the same things for all these years.  Even though what we say and warn about seem to come to fruition each and every time, very few listen.

Between 1982 and 1991 we had the kidnappings and deaths of Americans in Lebanon. Thirty U.S. and other Western hostages were kidnapped in Lebanon by Hezbollah. Some were killed, some died in captivity and some were eventually released. Terry Anderson was held for 2,454 days.

This too was not enough for people to take notice.

Shortly after I arrived back in the U.S. from Israel we had the Lebanon bombings.

On April 18, 1983, the U.S. embassy in Beirut was bombed killing 63 people, most were embassy and CIA staff members, several were soldiers and one was a Marine. 17 of the dead were Americans.

That same year on October 23, the U.S. Marines barracks were destroyed by suicide bombers during their stay as part of multinational ‘peace keeping force’. What many do not know is that this was only the second “suicide bombing” in history, it was carried out by the terrorist organization Hezbollah and killed 241 American servicemen: 220 marines, 18 sailors and three soldiers, along with sixty other Americans injured.

The Marine barrack attack was the deadliest single-day death toll for the United States Marine Corps since the Battle of Iwo Jima of World War II, the deadliest single-day death toll for the United States military since the first day of the Tet Offensive during the Vietnam War, and the deadliest single attack on Americans overseas since World War II.

Was the bombing of the U.S. embassy and the Marine barracks in Lebanon not enough for people to realize that perhaps we as Americans were not dealing with a conventional enemy? Did the American people take notice, no. Did the world take notice, no.

Before the end of that horrendous year on December 12, 1983, the U.S. embassy in Kuwait City, Kuwait was attacked by Shiite truck bombers killing 5 and injuring 80.

Did America start to take notice, no.

Then a second time within 17 months on September 20, 1984 a suicide bomber driving a truck packed with 400 pounds of explosives targeted the American embassy in Aukar, nine miles north of Beirut. 23 people are killed and 21 injured.

More flag draped coffins, did America start to notice a trend here, no.

Dec. 3, 1984 we had the hijacking of Kuwait Airways Flight 221on its way from Kuwait to Pakistan. After it was hijacked it was diverted to Tehran. The hijackers killed two American officials from the U.S. Agency for International Development. Hezbollah was once again found to be behind this as well.

Did anyone notice, no.

The Middle East wasn’t the only area Americans were attacked. On April 12, 1985 the El Descanso restaurant just outside Madrid, Spain was bombed. The explosion killed 18 Spaniards and injured 82 others, including 11 American servicemen, who according to the investigation were the target of the attack. The Islamic Jihad Organization claimed responsibility for the bombing.

More Americans targeted, did we notice, no.

Once again, Hezbollah and the Islamic Jihad struck at Americans. On June 14, 1985, TWA Flight 847 was hijacked. The eight crewmembers and 145 passengers endured a three-day intercontinental ordeal and were held for 17 days. Some passengers were beaten. Passengers with Jewish sounding names were separated from the others, and U.S. Navy diver Robert Dean Stethem was tortured and murdered. His body was thrown onto the tarmac. Dozens of passengers were held hostage over the next two weeks until released by their captors after some of their demands were met.

Flag draped coffin of U.S. Navy diver Robert Dean Stethem. Did America notice, no.

It wasn’t only the American servicemen and women that had to worry. On October 7, 1985, four heavily armed Palestinian terrorists hijacked the Italian cruise ship, Achille Lauro. The ship had more than 400 passengers and crew. The terrorists killed disabled American tourist 69-year-old Leon Klinghoffer because he was a Jew, and threw his body overboard with his wheelchair.

Did anyone outside of the Klinghoffer family notice, not really.

Muslim terrorists found that airports were easier than cruise ships and on December 27, 1985, four PLO (Palestinian Liberation Organization) terrorists walked up to the shared ticket counter for Israel's El Al Airlines and Trans World Airlines at Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport outside Rome, Italy. After they fired assault rifles and threw grenades 16 were dead and 99 were injured.

Within minutes on the same day the Schwechat Airport (Vienna International Airport) in Vienna, Austria, was attacked as well.  Three terrorists threw hand grenades into a crowd of passengers checking in for a flight to Tel Aviv, two people were killed instantly and 39 others injured. A third victim died on January 22, 1986, of hand grenade wounds sustained in the attack. These two attacks killed 19 people, 5 of whom were Americans. The bombing was linked to Libya.

More Americans dead, did America notice, no.

On April 2, 1986, terrorists exploded a bomb inside TWA Flight 840 as it flew from Rome to Athens. Four American citizens, including a nine-month-old infant fell to their deaths after being sucked from the cabin through the nine-by-four foot hole that the blast created in the side of the plane.  Five others on the aircraft were injured as the cabin suffered a rapid decompression.

Anyone remember TWA 840, anyone notice, no.

April 5, 1986, saw the attack on the La Belle discothèque in West Berlin, Germany. This was yet another location that was commonly frequented by United States soldiers. A bomb placed under a table near the disk jockey's booth exploded killing three people and injuring 230 people, including 79 American servicemen. This attack was also linked to Libya.

More American servicemen, Did any Americans notice, no.

Another hijacking of an American plane occurred on September 5, 1986, while on the ground at Karachi, Pakistan, by four terrorists from the Abu Nidal Organization. Pan Am Flight 73 had 360 on board, twenty of the passengers were killed during the hijacking, 13 were from India and the rest were from United States, Pakistan and Mexico.

American plane, any Americans notice, no.

Excluding Americans that were killed in Israel in other terror attacks, there was two years of quiet that was shattered in Lockerbie on December 21, 1988. This time it was Pan Am Flight 103 departing from Frankfurt to New York. It was blown up in midair, killing all 259 passengers and another 11 people on the ground in Scotland.

You would have thought that after this Americans would take notice, no.

On January 27, 1989, three simultaneous bombings were carried out against U.S. business targets, the Turkish American Businessmen Association and the Economic Development Foundation in Istanbul, and the Metal Employees Union in Ankara.

More Americans as targets, did America notice, no.

More Americans were targeted on June 12, 1989, in Bosphorus Straits, Turkey. A bomb exploded aboard an unoccupied boat used by U.S. consular staff. The explosion caused extensive damage but no casualties.

American State Department employees targeted, any Americans notice, no.

Between 1989 and 1991 there were no less than 6 attacks on Americans and American servicemen all on U.S. bases. On October 11, 1989, in Izmir, Turkey, an explosive charge went off outside a U.S. military PX.

On February 7, 1991, in Adana, terrorists shot and killed a U.S. civilian contractor as he was getting into his car at the Incirlik Air Base, Turkey.

On February 28, 1991, two terrorists shot and wounded a U.S. Air Force officer as he entered his residence in Izmir, Turkey.

On March 28, 1991, three U.S. marines were shot at and injured by an unknown terrorist while driving near Camp Three, in Jubial, Saudi Arabia.

On October 28, 1991, Victor Marwick, an American soldier serving at the Turkish-American base, Tuslog in Ankara, Turkey, was killed and his wife wounded in a car bomb attack. The Turkish Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack.

Lastly on October 28, 1991, two car bombings killed a U.S. Air Force sergeant and severely wounded an Egyptian diplomat in Istanbul, Turkey. The Turkish Islamic Jihad again claimed responsibility.

Yet more flag draped coffins, anyone notice, no.

1991 saw more attacks on Americans in Beirut, Lebanon. On November 8, a 100-kg car bomb destroyed the administration building of the American University in Beirut, killing one person and wounding more than a dozen.

Through all the attacks on Americans in 1991, did America notice, no.

On October 12, 1992, a U.S. soldier serving with the United Nations was stabbed and wounded near the port of Umm Qasr, Iraq.

Back in the U.S. on January 25, 1993, a Pakistani gunman opened fire on Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) employees standing outside of the building in Virginia. Two agents, Frank Darling and Bennett Lansing, were killed and three others wounded.

This occurred on American soil in Virginia, did Americans notice, no.

Then in 1993 we had the first attack on the World Trade Center. On February 26, a massive bomb exploded in a van in the underground parking garage below the World Trade Center in New York City, killing six and wounding 1,042. Four terrorists were responsible for the attack.

At this point I really thought that America would take notice, I was wrong.

Between the 1993 attack on the World Trade Center and September 11, 2001 there were at least 55 other attacks around the world by Muslim terrorists that targeted Americans, many were killed and scores more injured, but America didn't notice.

These listed attacks were against Americans; during this same period Israel was the target of and suffered even more attacks.

Since 9/11 things have gotten worse throughout the world, not better. Somehow through backwards political correctness and ignorance, the perpetrator has made himself the victim. Sadly, that Americans notice and what’s more, most Americans believe it.

It has been stated by leaders the world over as they have seen their own countries succumb to and be held hostage by Islam.

Former French President, Nicolas Sarkozy, on February 11, 2011, while being interviewed on French National Television about Islam in his country,

“My answer is clearly yes, it [multiculturalism] is a failure”.

On February 5, 2011, U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron, stated in a speech while speaking on taking a tougher stance on groups promoting Islamist terror in his country,

“Frankly, we need a lot less of the passive tolerance of recent years and much more active, muscular liberalism. Let's properly judge these organizations: Do they believe in universal human rights - including for women and people of other faiths? Do they believe in equality of all before the law? Do they believe in democracy and the right of people to elect their own government? Do they encourage integration or separatism?”

“Again it just seems the Muslim community is very much in the spotlight, being treated as part of the problem as opposed to part of the solution.”

Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany stated on October 17, 2010 while speaking on Muslims in Germany,

“We kidded ourselves for a while that they wouldn't stay, but that's not the reality.”

“Of course the tendency had been to say, 'let's adopt the multicultural concept and live happily side by side, and be happy to be living with each other'. But this concept has failed, and failed utterly.”

As leader after leader has seen their country under the threat of terror and retaliation become more Islamic, more Sharia compliant and they lose their right to free speech, they have all come to the same conclusion. Americans though don’t take notice.

The Arab Spring has brought us more Islamic ruled governments, not more “freedom”; the reason is simple, what we in the West refer to as “freedom” is not what Muslims see as freedom. Their freedom is that of the Quran. Their freedom is the word of Allah. Their freedom is living like they did 1400 years ago. Period.

If you think I am wrong, look at the Middle East. Take notice.

I’m tired of being called “an alarmist”, I’m tired of being called “an Islamophobe”, I’m tired of being called “a nut”, but most of all I’m tired of America not waking up to the truth.

Since the terror attack that should have been the one to end all others, 9/11, there have been 19,680 deadly attacks, with over 260,000 deaths, all in the name of Islam. This is not a few people “that have hijacked a religion”. This is the religion. This is Islam. It’s time to take notice.

Comments (13)
  • Neil Tarasoff  - Tired

    Outstanding post on the Ostriches we are as americans!

  • RAN  - Tired?

    Gadi, I have to say that for someone who says they are tired, this has to rank in the top 10 among the best articles you have written.

  • Reese

    *nodding :(

  • Ann

    The media basically says stay calm or nothing to see here. Our representatives say nothing about the bodies being brought back to their states or use the attacks as photo ops. The president(s) make excuses and the schools (colleges) tell the kids that the attacks are retaliation because we police the world and kill more of them than we do us...blada, blada, blah...and when we 'notice' we don't know what to do. Contact a rep? Better not email it. You'll get back a form letter. So, what(s) to do? Exposure. shout it from the rooftops; as you do by thee great articles; over and over again. Celebrate your Birthday, Gadi. Celebrate it knowing that in this free country; for now; you can. Celebrate it as if it could be your last. Celebrate it determined to make damned sure that is is not your last. And celebrate it well. We know how the story ends.

  • Shoshana  - Tired of being tired.

    Absolutely chilling summary of events. Another huge mazal tov to Gadi for a brilliant article!

  • Rudiger Laufhutte  - Chazak Ve-ematz -- "be strong and resolute" (Mos

    Many of us noticed. I did! It's just that our stupid and cowardly politicians don't pay any attention to us. We have to teach once again that we live in a republic, not a democracy. Democracy is mob rule, as the risible "Arab spring" has amply proven. No PC for me! :)

  • EMA  - frustration

    First of all, congratulations on a most brilliant article!
    Secondly, Happy Birthday!
    Next....why are Americans "ostriches"? We are so complacent and ignorant of facts - those reported and those rumored! We really, as free Americans, have no concept of what the rest of the world is going through. We bury our heads and hope the "bad news" will go away, replaced by football and baseball scores!
    Don't know what it will take for us to wake up to reality and see that the Muslim community is bent upon conquering our American way of life. I can't blame all Muslims, but if you look at the population of the world, you'll realize that we are becoming sorely outnumbered. The radicals among the world population is "out for blood" and the anti-American philosophy is rampant.
    Do we wake up? Do we read articles such as this wonderful one you've written wake us? I sorely doubt it, but....
    Keep up the informative news you send us each week, Gadi - I for one am proud of your accomplishments!

  • Anna Dean  - History!

    Fantastic article, thanks for that! And happy birthday! Please don't stop educating! People are slowly waking up! No surrender!
    History tells a big story, we must embrace and deal with it or take the consequences of becoming islamic!

    Highly recommend viewing!

  • Bill  - Why we speak.....still

    The reason we keep speaking out my friend is because we still care.
    Every day there is a new story that reminds us that the enemy is still out there....still targeting people. Today it was a teen girl, kidnapped from her Christian parents, repeatedly raped, forced to convert to Islam and then married off to a Muslim twice her age.

    It is for people like that girl that we continue to speak out in spite of appalling apathy, insults and even threats against us.

    You hit a home run every week....yeah, I know, the people who really need to hear it....don't...they don't care.

    But we do and that still counts for something...

  • yzwisey  - Terrorism

    Very good read..I was very aware of the climate in the US and Israel. Am I shocked?.. No!..but, everyone should be shocked that our govt. reps and current admn. has continued to back page this, deny,and just totally ignore it.The embassy attacks that recently took place?..well I watched a video clip 2wks prior that was aired by a watch dog group who translates,and informs,that muslim brotherhood leader was calling for attacks on western and American instalations in M.E. and everywhere should be attacked on 9/11 it was their moral obligation as a "good muslim" to jihadi against the west in particular the Americans for supporting the zionist regime.obama missed several security meets that week leading up to these attacks to campaign?! Shocked and appalled! Mostly disgusted.Then to put "icing on the cake". He had his whole admn including himself go on tv tell everyone that it was because of a 13min video clip posted on you tube in July..,And that "WE" Americans caused it because WE hurt the religious feelings of muslims! What a crock! Am I shocked,.. am I surprised?..NO,I've watched him like a hawk. I've seen what he is doing to Israel right now and will soon do and has been doing to Americans. Only if he is re-elected he will proceed,only then, he will, become more and more brazen!

  • davida  - Scarey, kind of resembles the gradual take over by

    Guess history must repeat itself in this case. Must be frustrating to see the truth and the world leaders don't seem to. Sometimes it seems you may as well talk to a wall.

  • Saul  - Saul Says

    Great article, Gadi! I, too, am in my 50s, and have been studying islam for over 30 years (ever since I was stationed in the Middle East, back in the early '80s).

    No problem was ever solved by ignoring it, yet the criminally negligent
    greed-creed motto of those in charge always seems to be the exact opposite,
    that: "There's No Money In Solutions! Whee!"

    The real reason the islamic threat is being ignored in public, is this not-so-nascent "Globalization" movement, which is clearly treason to ALL sovereign national people's governments. It's a plutocratic kleptocracy to be run by all those corporazis who never want to pay any taxes to anyone, anywhere, ever; by the global communazi labour guys who want free movement and the same lowest common denominator wages for their 3rd-world slaves, and of course by the moslems who want their one-world islamic ummah, to be run by their theocratic caliphate government. It's a triple-threat. Against all these evil forces, we have only the Truth ... while only they currently control both the fear and the greed.

    As long as ONLY the enemy controls both the behavioural conditioning binaries of the stick (fear of personally having one's own family firebombed or beheaded by the Jihad) and the carrot (greed for oil-money bribes), those sales-puppets we
    laughingly call "our leaders" and their complicit media presstitute pets will insist on maintaining their preposterously backwards, victim-blaming "narrative" that only we are to blame for the Qur'an's 1,400 years of hate, so that we should all "Submit and learn how to be better victims!"

    All the liberals' backwards nonsense really amounts to, is the victim-blaming cry that it should be illegal to accuse any criminals of their crimes, if doing so might hurt their feelings (and so "force" them to commit even more crimes)!

  • The Infidel Alliance  - THE ISLAMIC WORLD WAR

    Dear Mr. Adelman and fellow readers,

    This is a very important and moving article, but it overlooked our nations first warning about Islam - the Barbary Wars of 1801 -1805 and again in 1815. Our founding fathers faced this threat, understood it, wrote about it and defeated it...and yet we forgot about it. We forgot that our VERY FIRST FOREIGN WAR was against Islam.

    As important as it is to understand how often the United States has been attacked by Islam, the problem is much greater than that. We are not in a 'War on Terror" any more than World War 2 was a 'War on Blitzkreig'. We are in nothing less thab THE ISLAMIC WORLD WAR.


    If we look at the facts we can see the truth, that Islam is not just at war with the United States and Israel, but with all non-Islamic peoples, cultures and civilizations in every corner of the globe.

    It is Islam against:

    - the Catholics in the Philippines (routine slaughter &
    - the Christians & Ahmadiyya in Indonesia (routine slaughter &
    - Australian tourists in Hindu Bali (blown up…twice)
    - the Buddhists in Thailand (routine slaughter & beheadings)
    - the Hindus & Sikhs in India (hundreds of years battling the Islamic
    - the Jews in Mumbai (slaughtered)
    - the Zoroastrians & Baha’i in Iran (virtually exterminated)
    - Islamic converts to Christianity in Afghanistan (death fatwa)
    - ancient Buddhist statues in Bamiyan, Afghanistan (blown up)
    - the Chaldean Christians in Iraq (routine persecution, slaughter & church
    - the Jews in Israel (routine attacks against civilians, threat of 2nd
    - the Jews in Yemen (nearly exterminated)
    - S. Korean & German tourists in Yemen (kidnapped, blown up)
    - the Coptic Christians in Egypt (routine persecution, slaughter & church
    - the Christians & animists in Sudan (genocide)
    - the Christians in Kenya (constant Jihadist threat)
    - all non-Muslims in Mali (persecuted by Islamic Sharia)
    - the Christians in Nigeria (routine Jihadist attacks)
    - U.S. embassies in Tanzania & Kenya (blown up)
    - the athiests in Europe (the prime target)
    - the native French in Paris (torched car terrorism)
    - Jews in Paris (read the grisly story of Ilan Halimi, a Jewish shop clerk who
    was kidnapped, tortured and killed in 2006)
    - the native Swedes in Malmo (Islamic rape brigades)
    - the native Dutch in Amsterdam (routinely terrorized)
    - Dutch politicians (Geert Wilders & Ayyan Hirsi Ali – death fatwa)
    - Dutch cinematographers (Theo vanGogh savagely murdered by an Islamist in
    broad daylight)
    - Danish cartoonists (Kurt Westergaard – death fatwa)
    - Dutch newspaper editors (Flemming Rose, Jyllands-Posten’s culture editor
    –death fatwa)
    - Train commuters in Spain (blown up)
    - Tube commuters in London (blown up)
    - the airport in Scotland (blown up)
    - Jews in Argentina (blown up)
    - Jews in Caracas (blown up)
    - Twin Tower office workers in N.Y. (blown up – twice)
    - Defense workers in the Pentagon (blown up – airliner jihad)
    - Army/Navy military recruiters in Little Rock (gunned down by an Islamist)
    - Soldiers at Ft. Hood Texas (gunned down by an Islamist infiltrator)
    - Pedestrians at the U. of N. Carolina (run down with an SUV by Islamist)
    - Journalists like Daniel Pearl (savagely decapitated by Islamists)
    - Nick Berg, Kim Sung-il, Piotr Stanczyk, Jack Hensley, Eugene Armstrong, Paul
    Johnson (infidels savagely decapitated by Islamists)
    - Jewish centers in Seattle (attacked by Islamist Jihadist)
    - Jewish centers in Toronto (attacked by Islamist Jihadist)
    - Infidel Delta Airlines passengers (underwear bomber)
    - Times Square pedestrians (SUV bomber)
    - Soccer fans in Uganda (Blown up while watching the world cup)
    - Churches in Iraq, Nigeria, Indonesia, Malaysia (blown up)
    - Buddhist temples in Bangladesh (burned down by raging
    - Embassies in Egypt, Libya (attacked by Jihadists)

    And on, and on, and on……….

    It is Islam against everyone, everything, everywhere that is not Islamic.

    It is Dar al-Islam against Dar al-Harb. Them against us, not us against them.

    THE ISLAMIC WORLD WAR – the supremecist totalitarian violent mandate by Allah & Muhammed in the Koran & Ahadith:

    "Allahsaid ‘A prophet must slaughter before collecting captives. A slaughtered enemy is driven from the land. Muhammad, you craved the desires of this world, its goods and the ransom captives would bring. But Allah desires killing them to
    manifest the religion.’” - Ibn Ishaq/Hisham 327

    The Messenger of Allah said "I have been commanded to fight against people till they testify that there is no god but Allah, that Muhammad is the messenger of Allah" - Muslim 1:33

    Allah's Apostle Muhammed said "I have been made victorious with terror" - Bukhari 52:220

    Could it be anymore crystal clear? The doctrine? The mandates? The method? The tactics? The violence? The hatred? The undeniable history?

    I've been beating this drum for years. We MUST start controlling the narrative. We must start calling this what it really is. We must get these word in the common consciousness and lexicon:


    It's real. Please help spread the truth.

    ~ The Infidel Alliance

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