From: Montreal, Qc, Canuckistan
Erh, wrong. You forget the embassy blew up six months earlier : by that point, they were actually involved in the fighting alongside the Maronites militias (not the PLO).
Yes, they were off-duty, yes it was to fuel terror, but they were indeed "legally" combattants as defined by the various war conventions.
That doesn't take away anything from that tragedy, I just would rather have these men remembered for what they were, proud, courageous soldiers, than try to pass it off as a "terror strike" against non combattant personnel, aka the "political leveraging of the strike to further political ends"
That said, my thoughts are with the fallen, as always.
Be Kind. Everyone is fighting a hard battle.