A Brief History
On August 27, 1982, far away from Anatolia, Justice Commandos of the Armenian Genocide killed Turkish diplomat Atilla Altıkat in Ottawa, Ontario, as vengeance for the Armenian Genocide of 1915. Time and distance do not always stop those bent on revenge, and we list a few of those incidents.
In 1943, the US conducted Operation Vengeance, sending P-38 fighters 435 miles to shoot down and kill Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, the architect of the Pearl Harbor raid.
From 1972 to 1973, Israel’s Mossad conducted Operation Wrath of God, revenge for the murders of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics. Hit squads travel to Rome, Paris, Beirut, and Norway to kill perceived Arab terrorists.
In 1988, Libyan agents placed a bomb on Pan Am flight 103 from Lockerbie, Scotland, blowing up the plane and killing 270 people in revenge for a US bombing of Libya in 1986, that raid itself being revenge for an earlier Libyan bombing of a disco in Berlin.
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For more information, please see…
Nadel, David. Pan Am 103: The Why and the How. Kindle, 2018.
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