Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Annals of Hypocrisy: One Person's Mass-Murdering Child-Killing Terrorist Is Another Person's "Freedom Fighter"

Most American sheep won't remember, but the Bush regime has more than once promised to eradicate "terrorism" of all kinds, & no doubt used the term "zero-tolerance" in reference thereto. But, surprise, surprise, the regime's money & mouth are far, far apart. Especially when it comes to keeping the votes of the reactionary middle-class Cubans (virtually all of them of European descent) who ran from Cuba to Florida after the revolution because they were afraid Castro would force them to work for a living, instead of letting them continue to exploit the majority of Cubanos (of African, i. e., slave, descent) & sell the country out to America's own Cosa Nostra. Yeah, you bet these morons have been infected w/ Roman Catholicism, Republicanism & anti-communism, but the Republican Party has been pandering to them since Nixon's Southern Strategy, at least.
Venezuela's ambassador in Washington, Bernardo Alvarez Herrera, condemned the celebration of Posada as a mockery of justice and evidence of a Bush administration double standard in fighting terrorism. "This is outrageous, particularly because he kept talking about violence," Alvarez said of Posada. "He said that the whole thing now is 'to sharpen our machetes' " for a confrontation with leftist regimes in Latin America.
What'd he do?
Posada, a naturalized Venezuelan citizen, is alleged to have masterminded the bombing of a Cuban airliner in 1976 on which all 73 on board were killed, including a youth fencing team returning from a tournament in the Venezuelan capital, Caracas. He is also suspected of plotting a series of hotel bombings in Havana in the late 1990s, one of which killed an Italian tourist.
Oh, that's all?
Analysts speculate that the U.S. government has dodged calls for prosecution of Posada for fear he would disclose details of CIA involvement in coups, assassination plots and scandals, including the Iran-Contra Affair. Peter Kornbluh, head of the Cuba Documentation Project at George Washington University's National Security Archive, has compiled declassified CIA and FBI documents on Posada that show he remained in close touch with Washington handlers throughout his covert service. "The spectacle of a wanted international terrorist being publicly feted as a hero in Miami makes a mockery of the Bush administration's commitment to wage a war on terrorism," he said of Posada's coming-out party. Rep. William Delahunt (D-Mass.) convened a congressional hearing in November on the administration's handling of the Posada case, arguing that there was "compelling evidence" implicating Posada in the plane bombing. Delahunt said Tuesday that "there doesn't seem to be much enthusiasm" under the current administration for prosecuting Posada, but that he would push again for legal action against Posada after the fall election. "To have Posada honored in such a way sends a terrible statement to the rest of the world," the congressman said of the tribute.
Not the first "terrible statement to the rest of the world" that the current administration has made. Read the whole mess here.

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