BEIRUT -- The leading Shiite cleric in Lebanon and one of the sect's most revered religious authorities, Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah, died Sunday after a long illness. He was 75.
[...]Seen by some as a spiritual mentor to the Hezbollah militant movement and by others as a voice of pragmatism and religious moderation, Fadlallah enjoyed a following that stretched beyond Lebanon's borders to Iraq, the Gulf and as far away as central Asia.
During Lebanon's 1975-90 civil war, he was linked to Iranian-backed Shiite militants who kidnapped Americans and other Westerners, and bombed the U.S. Embassy and Marine base in Lebanon, killing more than 260 Americans.
Western intelligence sources at the time said Fadlallah blessed the drivers of the vehicles used in the attack on the Marine barracks and a simultaneous bombing of French troops in Beirut, although the cleric repeatedly denied the assertion.
In this photograph taken a few days before his death, Imam Fedlallah demonstrates the diameter of the spit he expects Satan to ram up his ass as he is roasted over the bones of the Mad Child Molesting Prophet.
The photos below are of the Marine Barracks and the US Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, 1983.
As an undergrad I remember two grad students, man and wife, who lived down the street from us. They both attended the American University in Beirut in the early sixties. It was a beautiful, beautiful city as they described it. Beirut was called the Paris of the Mediterrean back then --- until Muslim terrorists turned it into another shithole as is their want.