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Could The Search For Noah's Ark 'Bankrupt Terrorism'?

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By Adam Ghassemi

SPRING HILL, Tenn. – Noah's Ark is a Biblical story of how Noah built a massive ship to survive a flood set out to destroy the world. It's something Ron Wyatt was passionate about proving with hard evidence.

"It just looked like a shipwreck on the side of a mountain," said Mary Nell Lee, who married Wyatt in the late 1980s. At the time she already knew of Wyatt's discoveries in the mountains of Turkey, including what he thought was Noah's Ark.

"He didn't really know what it was exactly, but he knew that it needed to be excavated," Lee said.

After uncovering pieces of a ship, and mapping out how it came to rest in such an unlikely place, Wyatt returned with a group in 1991 to complete a full excavation.

Then the unthinkable happened.

"They gave me two terrorists. One under each arm and off we went through the mountains," Wyatt said in a video account of his kidnapping recorded by Lee in the early 1990s.

Lee wanted Wyatt's description of being captured by terrorists and being held hostage for 21 days.

"The terrorist leader yelled back for them to go away or they would kill they would kill the tourists immediately," he went on to say on tape.

"You're just so concerned about them. It's not a pleasant experience by any means," Lee said about the time when she didn't know if she'd ever see her husband again.

Wyatt died of cancer in 1999. Two years later Lee started working with an Israeli law firm suing the Syrian government for sponsoring the Kurdish Workers Party or "PKK" that took Wyatt's group hostage.

The group won a recent federal judgment for $338 million. The legal strategy is to create case law and set a precedent for future groups to sue governments for funding terrorism. That in turn could "bankrupt" them or stop money flowing into those groups, according to the Shurat HaDin Israel Law Center.

"That's a lot of money that's not going to terrorist activities," Lee said as she hopes this sends a message to terrorists who put innocent lives in jeopardy.

"This was something he believed he was supposed to be doing and nothing could have stopped him," she went on to say.

Ron Wyatt never found funding for a full excavation, so Lee is only left with numerous artifacts he did recover.


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