Portland attorney who specializes in representing American victims of terrorism has won a $25 billion judgment against the Syrian government for attacks at airports in Rome and Vienna in 1985 that killed 19 people and injured 107.
The judgment appears to be one of the largest in U.S. history. By comparison, the largest environmental judgment is the $20 billion that BP agreed to pay to compensate victims of the Gulf oil spill in 2010.
“It’s intended to punish and deter Syria and others from this kind of state-sponsored terrorism,” said Ron Jenkins, owner of the Meridian 361 law firm. “If there is no state sponsorship, terrorist organizations can’t exist. These lawsuits which target the state sponsors are putting pressure where it belongs.”
Of course Syria will not pay it and the likelihood of Obama supporting the terrorists who have infiltrated their ranks means that in the end, the american people will pay.