Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America

JWV Denounces Germany’s Malevolent Self-Interest in the Release of Hizballah Terrorist

Winter 2005

JWV Denounces Germany's Malevolent Self-Interest in the Release of Hizballah Terrorist The Jewish War Veterans of the USA (JWV) strongly condemns Germany's double dealing in their release of Mohammad Ali Hammadi, a convicted Hizballah terrorist. Hammadi was serving a life sentence for hijacking a TWA flight to Beirut and murdering an American Navy SEAL diver. Germany, in a blatant expression of its moral cowardice, complied with the demands of Iraqi terrorist insurgents who had kidnapped German archaeologist Susanne Osthoff. Her kidnappers released her after Hammadi was flown to Beirut. Germany ignored its commitment to extradite Hammadi to the United States in the event of his release. The JWV is pleased that Susanne Osthoff has been released, but believes that Germany and the world paid too great of a ransom. Mohammad Ali Hammadi is now free to continue his terrorist acts against America and its allies. Germany's actions have endangered all Americans, and especially our troops overseas. Apparently American lives are of little to no value to our German "friends," who only know how to take without moral consideration. This deal will only encourage Iraqi terrorist insurgents to take more hostages, now that they know Germany is willing to negotiate the lives of non-Germans. Germany's hostage-for-terrorist swap marks the first time since 9/11 that a senior European ally has intentionally, and contrary to agreed policy, submitted to the demands of hostage takers by releasing a convicted terrorist. The United States must demand that NATO unconditionally condemn Germany for its subversiveness in the face of the world's enemies.


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