This article in the New York Times describes succinctly the terrorist acts of Luis Posada Carriles, a man who has spent his adult life plotting and carrying out violent acts to undermine the Cuban government. He’s attempted to assassinate Fidel Castro and has planned and carried out numerous attacks that have killed innocent people in Cuba. He is now in Miami, seeking political asylum from the U.S. - go figure, he was on the CIA payroll from 1961-1967, at the very least, and is a darling of the Anti-Castro extremist Cubans in Florida. According to the article, Posada:
· Remains a prime suspect in the bombing of a Cuban commercial airliner that killed 73 people in 1976.
· Has admitted to plotting attacks that damaged tourist spots in Havana and killed an Italian visitor there in 1997.
· Was convicted in Panama in a 2000 bomb plot against Mr. Castro.
During the seventies he worked as a Venezuelan intelligence officer, and also ran his own private “detective” agency in Caracas. That country is seeking is his extradition to stand trial for the Cuban airline bombing. The Bush needs to expend his much vaunted political capital and extradite Posada to Venezuela - even though it might make him a teensy bit less popular with the Cuban extremists in Florida. It’s time this country came clean about its double-standard and stop being a haven for Anti-Castro terrorists - extraditing Posada would be a start in that direction.
Monday, May 09, 2005