American Experience: Hijacked
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Today the commanders who planned and carried out the attack resist comparison to the terrorists who masterminded the events of September 11, 2001: members of the P.L.F.P. were not religious extremists, but secular Marxist Leninists. And of the almost 600 passengers taken hostage, none were killed. And yet more than three decades later, it is clear that a connection exists between the two seminal events, that September 6, 1970 gave birth to a new era of terrorism. In telling this dramatic and complicated story, award-winning producer Ilan Ziv interviews leaders of the P.L.F.P., militants who carried out the attack, journalists who covered the hijackings, crew members and passengers. More than just recounting the events of those tense September days, this American Experience production examines how and when Middle East militants began to see civilians as legitimate pawns in their struggles for self-determination.
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In a riveting timeline that covers the several days of this situation, this documentary explores the entire affair as comprehensively as possible and does it well in my opinion. Interviews with former hijackers, journalists, politicians, and passengers and crew members provide compelling and emotional insights into the unique roles some of them played and descriptions of events many of them witnessed. Beginning with the commandeering of the aircraft and the reasons for doing so, this leads into a historical look at a politically turbulent Middle East climate at that time.
Inevitably, the United States and Europe would become key players in the events and with Israel's adamant refusals to cooperate in any way with terrorists, this would end up further complicating the frightening set of circumstances.
Even though most of the Palestinian demands were never met and remarkably no hostages were killed, a message was still sent to the world when the hijackers destroyed four of the five aircraft in massive explosions.
Over thirty years later and in a continuing volatile and oftentimes unpredictable climate in the Middle East and other parts of the world, some eerie and sinister comparisons can be made between that fateful day in 1970 and the horrific attacks in New York in September of 2001.
Only negative comment is that it links this hijacking to later terrorist acts, which takes it out of context.