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Monday, January 04, 2010


Cuba: "State sponsor of terrorism"?

In the past 24 hours, anyone watching or reading the news has repeatedly heard the absurd claim that Cuba is a "state sponsor of terrorism" (and hence Cubans and travelers from Cuba are to be subject to intense airport scrutiny). Read what Wayne Smith, the former U.S. representative in Cuba, has to say in demolishing that vicious lie. It was written 2 1/2 years ago, but nothing about his analysis (or the State Department's claims) has changed in the interim.

To the list of consequences of that designation which I wrote about, you can now add: "Increased hassles at airports."

Update: Eugene Robinson in the Washington Post denounces the inclusion of Cuba on the list (and will be having an online discussion on the subject).

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