CBS Evening News for Thursday, Dec 06, 1984
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(Studio) Terrorists' murder of one American in continuing hijacking of Kuwaiti plane in Iran described.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(London, England) Current status of hijacking, terrorists' murders of hostages (incl. aide to United States consul in Pakistan) examined; films shown. US Agency for International Dvt. employee Charles Hegna reported identification as one victim. [Edwena HEGNA - comments on husband's death.] Details of hijacking reviewed. [Released PASSENGER - describes terrorists' takeover.] Cockpit transmission intercepted by Israeli operator, apparently of Kuwaiti passenger immediately prior to his death, played; terrorists' demands outlined.
REPORTER: Tom Fenton
(DC) Secretary of State George Shultz's silence on hijacking noted; his recent claim that United States must be willing to use military force against terrorism recalled, quoted on screen. [Georgetown Univ. spokesperson Ray CLINE - doesn't think United States can employ effective force in this instance.] [Israeli terrorism expert Ariel MERARI - thinks this incident is inappropriate for implementation of United States policy; explains.] Factors preventing Shultz doctrine from taking effect listed on screen, discussed; failed rescue mission during Iranian hostage crisis recalled. [Colonel Charles BECKWITH (ret.) - considers implications of such terrorism.] United States threats of retaliation last month if ambassador's residence in Beirut was bombed recalled.
REPORTER: Bill McLaughlin