Terrorism Making the Syrian Connection

After a conviction, Western countries take diplomatic reprisals

The House of Commons was packed and restive as Foreign Secretary Sir Geoffrey Howe rose to make a statement. Just four hours before, a London criminal court jury had convicted Jordanian Terrorist Nezar Hindawi, 32, of plotting to blow up an El Al jet by using his Irish girlfriend, Ann Murphy, as a human time bomb. Testimony at the trial had strongly implicated Syrian officials, and Howe was expected to issue a stinging denunciation of the Damascus government.

But Howe went much further. After calling the act a "monstrous and inhumane" crime, he said, "It is totally unacceptable that the Syrian...

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