The BBC’s Magical Exploding Barracks

BBC magic

On planet earth, things tend to have the basic cause and effect pattern, where one event leads to another event,

BBC is apparently not on planet earth as per this report, the 1983 Marine barracks attack in Beirut which killed a total of 305 American and French servicemen, as well civilians, had no cause. Just magical bombings carried out in thin air.

The barracks magically exploded:

On 23 October 1983, bombs exploded in Beirut, killing 241 US service members and 58 French paratroopers. Survivors describe what happened on that day – and afterwards.

The multinational force of American, French, British and Italian soldiers was deployed to Lebanon following the massacres at the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps by militiamen.

Their mission: to back the Lebanese Armed Forces and help them establish and maintain sovereignty over war-torn Beirut.

The operation was intended to be brief. But in April 1983, the US embassy in Beirut was destroyed, and the situation for the multinational force deteriorated from there.

Then the US marines and the French paratroops were attacked – in two separate suicide bombings, occurring at about the same time.

Soon afterwards US troops and other members of the multinational force pulled out of Lebanon. And the survivors of the attacks tried to get on with their lives.



BBC editors went to great lengths to whitewash Hezbollah’s responsibility for this attack, as well as the attack on the US embassy earlier that year. By casually mentioning the building was “bombed” without naming the culprits, the BBC is reporting half truths on historical events. This is obviously not the first time it has happened, and sadly, not the last.

Perhaps the BBC doesn’t want to embarrass the newly hailed moderate* Iran – Hezbollah’s patron.

*Moderation may not apply


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