March 6, 2005

WASN'T OPERATION PAPERCLIP BAD ENOUGH?:

US bars Nicaragua heroine as 'terrorist': Writers and academics voice anger as state department refuses visa to let Sandinista revolutionary take up post as Harvard professor (Duncan Campbell, Friday March 4, 2005, The Guardian)

The woman who epitomised the 1979 Nicaraguan revolution that overthrew the dictator Anastasio Somoza has been denied entry to the US to take up her post as a Harvard professor on the grounds that she had been involved in "terrorism".

The decision to bar Dora Maria Tellez, one of the best-known figures in recent Latin American history, who has frequently visited the US in the past, has been attacked by academics and writers.

It comes at a time when President George Bush has appointed as his new intelligence chief a man associated with the "dirty war" against the Sandinistas in Nicaragua.


Mr. Negroponte and democracy won.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 6, 2005 4:49 PM
Comments

"The decision to bar Dora Maria Tellez...has been attacked by academics and writers."

I need no further evidence that this was the correct action to take.

Posted by: MB at March 6, 2005 4:56 PM

I wonder if Powell would have allowed her in?

Posted by: NC3 at March 6, 2005 5:54 PM

Don't we already have enough Communists on the faculties of our major universities?

Posted by: J Baustian at March 6, 2005 7:27 PM

We banned former National Socialists after they were defeated, and when we did let them in or give them special treatment, the people who screamed the loudest were those on the Left. So I don't see why they should be upset about treating a supporter of Greater Socialism, which was just as evil, the same way since their defeat, or why it wouldn't be hypocritical for "academics and writers" to demand we repeat the same mistakes of giving speical treatment to persons who were past supporters of an evil regime. Must have something to do with how we never got around to purging "academics and writers" when their evil utopia collapsed.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at March 6, 2005 10:04 PM
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