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Wednesday, May 07, 2008


 

Terrorist preaches violence...at a Miami party in his honor


Many things put the lie to the claim that the United States is fighting a "war on terror," but few do so as effectively as its treatment of one of the world's most notorious terrorists, Luis Posada Carriles, a man responsible for the mid-air bombing of Cubana Flight 455 and the death of its 73 passengers and crew, along with a long string of other terrorist actions, including some as recently as the attempted assassination of Fidel Castro during a visit to Panama in 2000, an action in which Posada was personally involved (and convicted).

And now Posada walks free in Miami, with the U.S. government still refusing to comply with, or even formally acknowledge, an extradition order by Venezuela filed three years ago (Flight 455 originated in Venezuela, and it is in Venezuela where Posada is wanted on 73 counts of murder).

Ah, but that's not enough - now they're having gala parties in his "honor", galas attended by members of other notorious terrorist groups like Alpha 66.

Ah, but that's not enough either. Here's what Posada had to say at that gala Friday night, and let me emphasize that this was not a secret party but a public event, attended by members of the press:

"We must not wait for Fidel Castro to die...for Raul to make mistakes. We must recall the words of [Cuba independence hero] General Antonio Maceo 'liberty is not something we must beg for. It is conquered with the sharp edge of the machete.' We ask God to sharpen our machetes because difficult times are arriving."
So now we have a man in the United States illegally, wanted for murder, with a long string of terrorist activities to his name, being feted in Miami and threatening violence against another country. Will the U.S. government act now against this particular terrorist? No, on the contrary, within the last week, the U.S. State Department issued its latest report once-again labeling (and it's not just "labeling"; there are real consequences) Cuba as a "state sponsor of terrorism," on the basis of completely absurd charges like "The Government of Cuba remained opposed to U.S. counterterrorism policy, and actively and publicly condemned many associated U.S. policies and actions." So Cuba's vocal opposition to the illegal U.S. invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, which in reality makes them a state opponent of terrorism, make them a state "sponsor" of terrorism according to the U.S. government.

Who are the most dangerous terrorists in this world? The ones who created, trained, financed, and continue to coddle terrorists like Luis Posada Carriles. The ones who are literally inflicting terror on millions of people in country after country around the world, and killing people by the tens and hundreds of thousands, from Iraq to Afghanistan to Somalia to Palestine. Their headquarters? Washington, D.C., with satellite offices in London, Jerusalem, and elsewhere.


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