Terrorism is in the Eye of the Beholder

Posada: A Double Standard in the War on Terror

Posted on Friday, October 6, 2006. By Michelle Garcia.

On October 6, 1976 seventy-three people were killed when terrorists blew up Cubana Flight 455, which was on its way from Barbados to Cuba. Thirty years later, on September 11, 2006, Luis Posada Carriles, one of the men who allegedly carried out the attack, was sitting in a Texas prison when a federal judge in El Paso, Texas, ordered him released from detention. If a U.S. district court upholds the ruling, Posada could be on the street within a few weeks.

Why would the U.S. government set free a notorious terrorism suspect when it was simultaneously turning the American legal system upside down to permit the indefinite detainment and torture of suspected terrorists? Terrorism, it seems, lies in the eye of the beholder.

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{edit 10/6/06:] Is terrorism in the eye of the beholder? Or does Mr. Bush operate within the parameters of an ever expanding bully pulpit, which allows him to define and re-define terms according to his own interests? Is Mr. Bush is setting the nation's agenda according to his personal motives, or is he serving the public interest?

To those of the Bush Administration, terrorism may be in the eye of the beholder. To me, terrorism is not in the eye of the beholder, rather it is defined by a certain set of ingredients. Terrorism is not limited to those who wish to do the US harm. Acts of terror are perpetrated in my name, by the US government. Not that I approve, of course. No more terrorism in my name! Put Posada on trial!

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