A Palestinian who absconded from Italy while on parole for the 1985 hijacking of cruise ship Achille Lauro is holed up in the Lebanon refugee camp where the army is besieging Islamist militants. Bassam al-Ashker, now 39, told AFP by telephone that he is now a militiaman for the mainstream Fatah faction of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and saw it as his duty to brave the fighting to help the thousands of trapped civilians.
Ok, somebody explain to me why a convicted terrorist is running around free? If he skipped, shouldn’t he be apprehended and put back behind bars? Or shot, or something?
He told AFP he had retained his radical anti-Western politics and, after fleeing Italy in 1991 following his release on parole from nearly six years in jail, spent 14 years in Iraq before moving to Lebanon’s Nahr al-Bared refugee camp.
Now there’s a surprise….Iraq harboring criminals. And this was BEFORE we were even in that country.
“I organize the training of young Palestinian recruits who we send to fight the Americans alongside the Iraqi resistance,” Ashker told AFP. “I have even fought them myself in Fallujah and Ramadi,” two rebel bastions west of Baghdad.
So, there aren’t any terrorists in Iraq? There is no war on terror? And this is just one guy. How many more were there before we entered the country, planning attacks on Western interests…..and US?
Despite his anti-Western views, Ashker insisted he had no truck with the Islamist fighters of fringe militant group Fatah al-Islam.
“They have certainly proved their military prowess,” he said.
“If they had used it to fight Israel, I would have been the first to join them, but they are fanatics who believe only in religion and have no regard of the consequences of their actions on civilians,” he said.
What is it with these people? Have they ever contributed anything positive to the world recently? Death and destruction provides no food on the table for their children.
Despite his disdain for the Fatah al-Islam fighters, Ashker insisted he had no intention of leaving the Nahr al-Bared camp, where living conditions have been deteriorating amid chronic shortages of water, food and power.
Do they work, produce, grow food, dig trenches or wells? Or is this a ‘welfare’ camp. Do they become part of the solution, or do they prefer to be part of the problem? If the people living in this camp, on land provided by the Lebanese people, would have turned over the bad guys to start with, this whole problem would have been solved, and innocents would be injured and killed. But that’s just me.