I visited a new blog today - I'm fighting bronchitis and called off at work - after seeing a comment at another blog. The second post on the page made me feel uneasy. I forgot. Completely. Perish The Thought had a memorial to the Marine Barracks bombing in Lebanon. Remember? All the way back in 1983? October 23rd, 1983 to be exact.
The Muslim Homicidal Bomber ran his truck into the lobby of the building and detonated the equivalent of 12,000 pounds of TNT. The building collapsed. And quickly, so did American resolve.
Noted at Perish The Thought was this sad summary:
The death toll was 241 American servicemen: 220 Marines, 18 Navy personnel and 3 Army soldiers. Sixty Americans were injured. In the attack on the French barracks, 58 paratroopers were killed and 15 injured. In addition, the elderly Lebanese custodian of the Marines' building was killed in the first blast.  The wife and four children of a Lebanese janitor at the French building also were killed.
The result of that attack on Americans in Lebanon, by Islamic Terrorists, was American retreat from the Middle East. The U.S.Congress pressured the President, Ronald Reagan, to pull all American troops from Lebanon. And the Islamic Terrorists noted that retreat, and they arrived at the conclusion that the USA was a Paper Tiger.
Please visit Perish The Thought and read the post. I forgot, I'd bet you did, too. And we shouldn't. Not only because this was one of many Islamic attacks on Americans - not the first, either! - but because the dead were serving their country in a hostile place. Their service and sacrifice should not be minimized because it wasn't as spectacular and public as the 9/11 attacks. They were there on our behalf. They were killed or wounded serving us. We dare not forget so quickly.
I apologize for having forgotten.