Middle East

The Revisionism of the History of SVBIED

In an article in The Japan Times entitled "Islamic State builds an ‘air force’ out of truck bombs" the author(s) address(es) the topic of Daesh (a.k.a., ISIL; ISIS; Islamic State) and its key weapon, the Suicide Vehicle-borne Improvised Explosive Device (SVBIED). The author(s) state(s), "The Islamic State group did not invent what is now known as a suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (SVBIED). It is unclear who holds that dubious distinction. Rigged horse carts were used more than two centuries ago, such as in a failed 1800 assassination attempt against Napoleon in Paris."

"Vehicle-borne bombs’ formidable potential as a weapon was put on display with the 1920 Wall Street bombing carried out by Italian anarchist Mario Buda, said Mike Davis, author of 'Buda’s Wagon: A Short History of the Car Bomb'," the author(s) add(s).

However, there is something suspiciously missing in the article's review of the history of the SVBIED!

In an article entitled "Iran threatens, ISIS executes," published by Asharq Al Awsat, journalist Eyad Abu Shakra clarifies:

The Japan Times recently published a report under the headline “Islamic State builds an ‘air force’ out of truck bombs”. The report painstakingly lays out when and where “truck bombs” were used, including in the Syrian border town of Ayn Al-Arab, also known as Kobani. The author, bless him, tells the readers that this weapon, given the initials SVBIED (suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device), was not invented by ISIS: in 1800 a rigged horse cart was used in the failed assassination attempt against Napoleon in Paris. He goes on to cite other examples of the use of “truck bombs” throughout the past decades with the help of American experts who somehow remember Tamil Tiger suicide attacks and the Oklahoma City bombing of 1995, but not the massive 1983 attack on the US Marines headquarters in Beirut!


I doubt this oversight was a result of natural forgetfulness, but rather a genuine attempt—at the highest levels—to exonerate the enemy of yesterday in order to repackage it as the ally of tomorrow.

Indeed, the aforementioned article published by The Japan Times offers an inauthentic revisionism of the history of SVBIED, totally removing any mention of the role of the Iranian and Syrian regimes and Hezbollah in modern suicide bombing!

Aftermath of Hezbollah's SVBIED attack on U.S. Marines barracks in Beirut in 1983
The aftermath of Hezbollah's SVBIED attack on the U.S. Marines barracks in Beirut in 1983.

Unfortunately, there are forces at work continuously trying to shift the balance of power in the Middle East in favor of the sectarian Iranian regime and Hezbollah, the Lebanon-based Khomeinist international terror organization.

Alas, this meddling with the existing Middle Eastern borders and boundaries will only widen the gaps, harden the political positions, extend the regional conflicts, and lead to even more bloodshed.

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