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December 22, 2005

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I knew Cleo Noel and George Curtis Moore, and neither of them was black.

Thanks for the information. In attempting to verify your correction, I came across this excerpt from Powerline ( http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/003983.php). This excerpt clarifyies that Noel and Moore were machined gunned to death:

"The Black September gang took Moore and two others hostage -- Cleo Noel, Jr., the United States ambassador to Sudan, and Guy Eid, the Belgian embassy's charge d'affaires. Two other diplomats taken by the Black September operatives were released.

"The Black September gang demanded the release of Sirhan Sirhan, the assassin of Robert Kennedy, of a Black September leader held in Jordan, and of several members of the Baader-Meinhof gang held in Germany. On March 2, President Nixon and representatives of the other two governments announced that they would not negotiate with terrorists for the release of the diplomats.

"The Black September operatives allowed Noel, Moore, and Eid to make out their wills but refused their request to allow them to call their wives. The order to kill the three hostages was delivered by shortwave radio to the Black September operatives in Khartoum by Yasser Arafat or his deputy Salah Khalaf from Beirut. Shortly thereafter that evening, on March 2, 1973, the operatives took Noel, Moore, and Eid to the basement of the embassy and murdered them by firing forty rounds from machine gun fire that raked the bodies of the three men with bullets from their feet to their head in order to inflict the maximum amount of suffering."

The main point of the excerpt quoted in my post remains correct: real-life Palestinians did indeed kill U.S. diplomats and in very unpleasant ways, contrary to what happens in the Speilberg film, in which Palestinian terrorists have deals with CIA officials not to harm American diplomats.

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