posted on May, 12 2005 @ 10:48 AM
Fidel Castro is accusing the U.S. of harboring a suspected terrorist who is alleged to have been involved in the bombing of a passenger airline in the
late seventies, among other terroristic actions.
If Cuba has its way, the name Luis Posada Carriles will soon be as familiar to Americans as Osama bin Laden, and just as loathed.
President Fidel Castro has called on Cubans to take to the streets next Tuesday to demand the Bush administration arrest the 77-year-old Posada and a
few other Cold War relics roaming the Miami area.
Posada — who is wanted in Venezuela on terrorism charges, and has been accused of involvement in the 1976 bombing of a Cuban passenger plane —
sneaked into the United States in March, according to his Miami lawyers and Cuban exile friends. He wants political asylum after years of allegedly
targeting Cuban soft targets and Castro himself in a futile effort to end the communist dictator's rule over the Caribbean island.
On the one hand, there are Posada's pre-9/11 ties with Washington and still-strong links with powerful Cuban-American Bush supporters in Florida,
where the president's brother Jeb is governor. On the other hand, there is the war on terrorism, and the president's insistence those who harbor
terrorists are as guilty as terrorists themselves.
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The crimes this person is accused of are "terroristic" in nature and the U.S. is in an interesting position here - being the harborer of a
Just because the U.S. supported efforts to overthrow Castro's government, that does not allow the U.S. to protect a person who bombed an airline as
part of those efforts.
If and when American authorities find this man, I believe it is our duty to return him to Cuba so that justice may be served. He is a terrorist by
the American definition.
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