12/28/06

LGF: Surprised that docs show Arafat a killer

C'mon now LGF. Did you think that Arafat was a saint?

So now we have official documents that attest that he was a killer and terrorist. But we knew that all along. What is with this make believe act, now that the proof is more official?

DECLASSIFIED
PA/HO Department of State
E.O. 12958, as amended
May 4, 2006

SECRET
NO FOREIGN DISSEM / CONTROLLED DISSEM

THE SEIZURE OF THE SAUDI ARABIAN EMBASSY IN KHARTOUM

In the early evening hours of 1 March 1973, eight Black September Organization (BSO) terrorists seized the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Khartoum as a diplomatic reception honoring the departing United States Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) was ending. After slightly wounding the United States Ambassador and the Belgian Charge d’Affaires, the terrorists took these officials plus the United States DCM, the Saudi Arabian Ambassador, and the Jordanian Charge d’Affaires hostage. In return for the freedom of the hostages, the captors demanded the release of individuals, mostly Palestinian guerillas, imprisoned in Jordan, Israel, and the United States.

The Khartoum operation was planned and carried out with the full knowledge and personal approval of Yasir Arafat, Chairman of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), and the head of Fatah. Fatah representatives based in Khartoum participated in the attack, using a Fatah vehicle to transport the terrorists to the Saudi Arabian Embassy.

Initially, the main objective of the attack appeared to be to secure the release of Fatah/BSO leader Muhammed Awadh (Abu Da’ud) from Jordanian captivity. Information acquired subsequently reveals that the Fatah/BSO leaders did not expect Awadh t be freed, and indicates that one of the primary goals of the operation was to strike at the United States because of its efforts to achieve a Middle East peace settlement which many Arabs believe would be inimical to Palestinian interests.

Negotiations with the BSO terrorist team were conducted primarily by the Sudanese Ministers of Interior and of Health. No effort was spared, within the capabilities of the Sudanese Government, to the secure freedom of the hostages. The terrorists extended their deadlines three times, but when they became convinced that their demands would not be met and after they reportedly had received orders from Fatah headquarters in Beirut, they killed the two United States officials and the Belgian Charge. Thirty-four hours later, upon receipt of orders from Yasir Arafat in Beirut to surrender, the terrorists released their other hostages unharmed and surrendered to Sudanese officials.

The Khartoum operation again demonstrated the ability of BSO to strike where least expected. The open participation of Fatah representatives in Khartoum in the attack provides further evidence of the Fatah/BSO relationship. The emergence of the United States as a primary fedayeen target indicates a serious threat of further incidents similar to what occurred in Khartoum.

3 comments:

Bryce said...

Thanks for linking to LGF. After reading their site, I could not in the least find any such surprise as you claim they had. Do you have a problem with LGF's right-of-center views that would lead you would misrepresent their reaction to the Arafat discovery?

Tzvee said...

I have problems with those who would imply that _wow_ we now have proof that Arafat was a terrorist. Kinda like finding a paper that proved that _gee_ Hitler was a bad man.

Bryce said...

Again, I don't think LGF implied that, not one bit. If LGF expressed any surprise, it was at the State Department for declassifying the document.