Double Standards for America’s Own Terrorists
For decades, and most especially during the Cold War era, the United States Central Intelligence Agency(CIA) has trained, armed and harbored thousands of international terrorists against governments and social movements that it has considered hostile. This is in addition to the local American hitmen from the clandestine U.S. agencies assigned to do “dirty work”.
In the Philippines, Nicaragua, Cuba, El Salvador, Colombia, Afghanistan and countless countries in the world, it has nurtured hitmen and terrorists who indiscriminately bombed, killed, maimed, hijacked those who were perceived to be enemies of the United States government and U.S. corporate interests. The Church Committee Reports of the U.S. Congress in 1975 documented many of these U.S. -financed and backed terrorist attacks against governments and civilians in many parts of the world. One good example is Luis Posada Carriles, a CIA operative who has recently sought political asylum in the United States after escaping from a prison in Venezuela. Carriles is wanted in Cuba, Venezuela and other Latin American countries for the 1976 airliner bombing that killed 73 people, as well as other terroristic acts that have killed civilians indiscrimately. He is wanted as a perpetrator of these heinous crimes in his capacity as a CIA operative and hitman for Uncle Sam.
If the United States is to be consistent in the avowed “war on terror”, then it should extradite Mr. Carriles to the countries where he has perpetrated the heinous crimes, namely in Cuba or Venezuela. It should not be perceived as providing protection or harboring terrorists just because they were trained, paid and armed by the United States government. Especially at this time when other countries are being invaded and occupied for merely harboring terrorists, the United States cannot afford to be perceived as practicing double standards. Terrorists, who kill and maim civilians indiscriminately, have to be arrested, tried and prosecuted no matter which side they are with.
* Article by Roland G Simbulan – For a full professional background of Professor Roland G. Simbulan (Click Here)