posted on May, 10 2013 @ 05:31 PM
The timing for this case to be adjudicated and announced for outcome dovetails in well for current events, but it forms a very important story in
it's own right.
The bombing of the Beirut Embassy in 1983 is no "also happened" thing. It was a very serious attack directly upon the United States of America and
was never fully settled for outcome as I and many people then and since have seen it.
This still doesn't entirely settle the ledger....but it does go some distance toward it.
Iran owes $8.4 billion to more than 300 who were injured or whose loved ones died in the 1983 bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, a
federal judge ruled.
In 1983, a Hezbollah suicide bomber drove a vehicle filled with more than 2,000 pounds of explosives into the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon,
killing 63 people. Six months later, Hezbollah carried out the more famous bombing of the U.S. Marine Barracks in Beirut, killing almost 300 American
and French soldiers.
That is the history of what happened.
In the barracks bombing, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has issued more than $9.5 billion in judgments against Iran for its
support of Hezbollah.
The court on Thursday ordered Iran to pay another $8.4 billion for the Embassy bombing, adopting the recommendation of U.S. Magistrate Judge John
(Source: Courthouse News
That is the outcome as it now stands.
As is customary for Courthouse News stories, it's a more lengthy one with a good bit of context, details and general history. It's worth the trip
over to read the full piece, in my opinion. However, the bottom line is the important part.
Never forget, never let it slide and never give up. Justice comes, eventually....even if delayed unforgivably in some cases. (30 years is pushing the
bounds of even our Justice system for getting results... WOW!).
Don't ask me the odds of collecting
on this though. There is a world of difference between the ordered judgement and cash to those it's been
awarded to. Even if a clear path seems to be there.
I'll be interested to see when or if they see actual judgement amounts come to them, anytime soon. Still, Court allows the setting of factual events
to a formal record that stands in time for others to review. If nothing else, that alone is a critical part of the process, in my opinion.