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White House: "Do as I say not as I do"
WHEN is a terrorist not a terrorist? When he's an anti-Castro "freedom fighter'' hiding in Florida.
The White House should lose no time in deporting Luis Posada Carriles, a prime suspect in the midair bombing of a civilian airliner that killed 73 people in 1976. It was a terrorist act by any definition. After a career spent fighting Fidel Castro, Posada, 77, has reportedly slipped into Florida.
Federal authorities have clammed up, saying they don't know of his whereabouts, though his presence is widely accepted by Cuban-American leaders there. The official blindness can be blamed on upside-down political priorities. Washington is paralyzed when it comes to offending the Cuban population in Florida, even in a case as overboard as this one. Posada's career as an anti-Castro militant, dating back to the American-backed Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961, makes him an icon to some. But there can't be safe harbor for an alleged mass killer linked to the jet bombing, as well as to other violent acts and bomb plots.
Washington is committed to stamping out terrorism, even detaining people on skimpy evidence and withholding legal rights. Though the charges are a generation old, Posada qualifies for the vigilant prosecution due a terrorist suspect, especially one with many past links to U.S. clandestine services.
Tolerating Posada is a gift to Castro, a dictator who feeds on American slights to prop up his fading rule. It also undercuts worldwide respect and support for the war on terrorism, a worthy cause that shouldn't be misused by the likes of Posada.
Posada allegedly entered Florida illegally. If that's the case, deport him. Or ship him to a neutral country or hand him over to the International Criminal Court to be tried on the charges.
Permitting Posada to hide from his crimes in Florida shouldn't be an option. Terrorism must be confronted wherever it is found.
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