May 11, 2007


The terrorist we tolerate: The administration's botched handling of Luis Posada Carriles says a lot about Bush's so-called war on terror. (Rosa Brooks, May 11, 2007, LA Times)

LIKE PIRATES, terrorists are supposedly hostis humani generis — the "enemy of all mankind." So why is the Bush administration letting one of the world's most notorious terrorists stroll freely around the United States?

I'm talking about a man who was — until 9/11 — perhaps the most successful terrorist in the Western Hemisphere. He's believed to have masterminded a 1976 plot to blow up a civilian airliner, killing all 73 people on board, including teenage members of Cuba's national fencing team. He's admitted to pulling off a series of 1997 bombings aimed at tourist hotels and nightspots. Today, he's living illegally in the United States, but senior members of the Bush administration — the very guys who declared war on terror just a few short years ago — don't seem terribly bothered.

I'm talking about Luis Posada Carriles.

Means don't make one a terrorist, ends do.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 11, 2007 5:23 AM

he's living illegally in the United States

Wow. There really exists at least one "undocumented worker" (to use the latest euphemism) who, among all the millions, has actually done something deemed worthy of deportation. Now if he had done those things against the Zionist Entity, instead of Holy Mother Cuba, he'd be safe from this sort of reporting, and he'd be forgiven as both misunderstood and justified.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at May 11, 2007 10:58 AM

Actually had he done such things, against Israel, the BBC, Al Jazeera, NPR (is there a difference
between them; would congratulate him. As it was
the two men who carried out the plot, Lugo & Leo
got 20 years prison time. The military courts
in Venezuela, where you are 'guilty until proven
innocent' acquitted him, and the civil court was
on the way to drop the case, when he left, And
where he go then, to Ilopango, to run the Contra
resupply network, later he moved to Guatemala
where he got shot for his troubles providing security for the new president. Most of the accounts of his whereabouts were relayed by an
obvious Castro groupie, Ann Bardach, and a historical illiterate at the times, Larry Rohter
(HE really thought fEB 24TH, on the day of the
BTR shootdown, was about Carnaval, not the equivalent of Paul Revere's ride, 'El Grito
de Yara")There was a confession to the act, almost
a quarter century in the course of a major drug
case deposition.

Posted by: narciso at May 13, 2007 12:52 AM