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Peacekeepers at War: Beirut 1983-the Marine Commander Tells His Story (Hardback)
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Peacekeepers at War: Beirut 1983-the Marine Commander Tells His Story (Hardback)

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Hardback 272 Pages / Published: 30/09/2009
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On October 23, 1983, nearly simultaneous suicide truck bombings killed 241 U.S. peacekeepers in their barracks at the Beirut International Airport (BIA) and 58 French paratroopers at their headquarters two miles north of BIA. In this long-awaited book, the Marine Corps commander of the U.S. Multi-National Peacekeeping Force that was destroyed by terrorists in Lebanon tells his story for the first time. Together, these suicide bombings comprised the largest nonnuclear explosion ever recorded and are now recognized as a seminal event leading to the current war on terrorism. Such acts of war revealed a new, highly effective tactic, which complemented the terrorist's strategic goals-the withdrawal of the peacekeepers and Western influence from Lebanon and a change in U.S. policy. Peacekeepers at War lays out, in detail, a sequence of events leading up to the suicide truck bombings from which one can extrapolate the rationale, motives, and perpetrators behind it. Geraghty argues that the absence of any retribution against the perpetrators emboldened the terrorists to assume they could attack Americans and Western interests with impunity. This led to kidnappings, torture, and the murders of Americans and other Westerners. Peacekeepers at War will be of interest to general readers who want to learn more about this seminal event and its effects on the current global war on terrorism.

Publisher: Potomac Books Inc
ISBN: 9781597974257
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 549 g
Dimensions: 230 x 150 x 27 mm


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The 1983 bombing of the U.S. Marine Beirut compound and of the nearby French paratroopers building was a declaration of war by radical Islamists against Western influence in the Middle East. It marked the beginning of an asymmetrical war, one that continues to this day. The Marines in Lebanon, under the command of Col. Tim Geraghty, realized the magnitude of the challenge and the seriousness of the dangers this meant to the security of the free world. Yet it took the politicians in Washington 18 more years to reach the same conclusions and to connect the dots; and this was only after terrorists attacked the U.S. homeland, killing 10 times as many people. Colonel Geraghty was made the scapegoat of Washington s failed policies and political blunders in the Middle East. For more than two decades Tim Geraghty carried that heavy burden in silence but with the courage and dignity of a Marine officer. Now, 25 years after the fact, he speaks out. Maybe this time someone will listen. Claude Salhani, editor, Middle East Times (Washington, D.C.) and former chief of the UPI Bureau in Beirut (1981-1984)--Claude Salhani"
Peacekeepers at War is the most complete treatise ever written on the military involvement of the United States in a potentially hostile Lebanon, circa 1982-1984. Colonel Tim Geraghty, the superb Commander of the 24th Marine Amphibious Unit at Beirut International Airport on October 23, 1983, when terrorists brutally murdered 241 of his men, provides a primer for those who contemplate sending our military forces on potentially hostile peacekeeping missions." General P. X. Kelley, 28th Commandant of the Marine Corps--General P. X. Kelley"
"The 1983 bombing of the U.S. Marine Beirut compound and of the nearby French paratroopers' building was a declaration of war by radical Islamists against Western influence in the Middle East. It marked the beginning of an asymmetrical war, one that continues to this day. The Marines in Lebanon, under the command of Col. Tim Geraghty, realized the magnitude of the challenge and the seriousness of the dangers this meant to the security of the free world. Yet it took the politicians in Washington 18 more years to reach the same conclusions and to connect the dots; and this was only after terrorists attacked the U.S. homeland, killing 10 times as many people. Colonel Geraghty was made the scapegoat of Washington's failed policies and political blunders in the Middle East. For more than two decades Tim Geraghty carried that heavy burden in silence but with the courage and dignity of a Marine officer. Now, 25 years after the fact, he speaks out. Maybe this time someone will listen."--Claude Salhani, editor, Middle East Times (Washington, D.C.) and former chief of the UPI Bureau in Beirut (1981-1984)--Claude Salhani
"Peacekeepers at War is the most complete treatise ever written on the military involvement of the United States in a potentially hostile Lebanon, circa 1982-1984. Colonel Tim Geraghty, the superb Commander of the 24th Marine Amphibious Unit at Beirut International Airport on October 23, 1983, when terrorists brutally murdered 241 of his men, provides a primer for those who contemplate sending our military forces on potentially hostile peacekeeping missions."--General P. X. Kelley, 28th Commandant of the Marine Corps--General P. X. Kelley
-The 1983 bombing of the U.S. Marine Beirut compound and of the nearby French paratroopers' building was a declaration of war by radical Islamists against Western influence in the Middle East. It marked the beginning of an asymmetrical war, one that continues to this day. The Marines in Lebanon, under the command of Col. Tim Geraghty, realized the magnitude of the challenge and the seriousness of the dangers this meant to the security of the free world. Yet it took the politicians in Washington 18 more years to reach the same conclusions and to connect the dots; and this was only after terrorists attacked the U.S. homeland, killing 10 times as many people. Colonel Geraghty was made the scapegoat of Washington's failed policies and political blunders in the Middle East. For more than two decades Tim Geraghty carried that heavy burden in silence but with the courage and dignity of a Marine officer. Now, 25 years after the fact, he speaks out. Maybe this time someone will listen.---Claude Salhani, editor, Middle East Times (Washington, D.C.) and former chief of the UPI Bureau in Beirut (1981-1984)--Claude Salhani
-Peacekeepers at War is the most complete treatise ever written on the military involvement of the United States in a potentially hostile Lebanon, circa 1982-1984. Colonel Tim Geraghty, the superb Commander of the 24th Marine Amphibious Unit at Beirut International Airport on October 23, 1983, when terrorists brutally murdered 241 of his men, provides a primer for those who contemplate sending our military forces on potentially hostile peacekeeping missions.---General P. X. Kelley, 28th Commandant of the Marine Corps--General P. X. Kelley

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