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    snicker..., 2004-09-13 13:24:20 | Main | big goverment or bigger, bankrupt government..., 2004-09-14 11:06:46

    cuba:

    we're vaguely surprised to see that this actually made it into a semi-major American paper. Via the order of the shrill (Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Council on Foreign Relations R'lyeh wagn'nagl fhtagn!):

    an escapee from a prison in Venezuela, where he was incarcerated for blowing up an Air Cubana passenger plane in 1976, killing 73. He also admitted plotting six hotel bombings in Havana that killed one tourist and injured 11 others in 1997. Posada has gone into hiding in Honduras while seeking a Central American country that will harbor him, prompting Honduran President Ricardo Maduro to demand an explanation from the Bush administration on how a renowned terrorist could enter his country using a false U.S. passport.

    The terrorist backgrounds of Posada's three comrades-in-arms are as well documented as their leader's. Guillermo Novo once fired a bazooka at the U.N. building; in February 1979, he was convicted and sentenced to 40 years for conspiracy in the 1976 assassination of former Chilean diplomat Orlando Letelier and his American colleague, Ronni Moffitt, in Washington. (His conviction was subsequently vacated on a legal technicality.) Gaspar Jimenez was convicted and imprisoned in Mexico in 1977 for murdering a Cuban consulate official; he was released by authorities in 1983. Pedro Remon received a 10-year sentence in 1986 for conspiring to kill Cuba's ambassador to the United Nations in 1980. These are violent men...

    So far, not a single White House, State Department or Homeland Security official has expressed outrage at Panama's decision to put terrorists back on the world's streets. The FBI appears to have no plans to lead a search for Posada so he can be returned to Venezuela, where he is a wanted fugitive. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, which has rounded up and expelled hundreds of foreigners on the mere suspicion of a terrorist link, has indicated no intention to detain and deport Novo, Jimenez and Remon.

    I find it implausible that Kerry would alter 50 odd years of directing and/or supporting terrorism against Cuba, on the other hand. It'd be feasible if we had an honest discussion about it, which this sort of mention-long-after-the-fact is a step towards. Rising national levels of shrillness may have its benefits.


:: posted by buermann @ 2004-09-14 07:14:04 CST | link





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