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US President Donald J. Trump shows the National Security Presidential Memorandum on Cuba, he signed after giving remarks at Manuel Artime Theater in Miami, Florida, USA. EFE
US President Donald J. Trump shows the National Security Presidential Memorandum on Cuba, he signed after giving remarks at Manuel Artime Theater in Miami, Florida, USA. EFE

[OP-ED]: The Trump Circus Goes to Miami

If you feel that after the last election the inmates are running the asylum, you are not alone. The main lunatic seems to be the president himself, who last…

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Otherwise, how can you explain that Trump had heeded disgraced New Jersey governor Chris Christie’s insistence to demand in his speech that Cuba return Joanne Chesimard, and make it one of the conditions for better relations between the two countries?

 C’mon, Mr. Trump, people who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. And surely Washington is in no position to throw any stones at Cuba, where Chesimard –a member of the Black Liberation Army convicted of killing a New Jersey state trooper in 1973 --was granted political asylum in 1984, after escaping from a New Jersey prison.

“To the Cuban government, I say put an end to the abuse of dissidence, release the political prisoners, stop jailing innocent people, open yourselves to political and economic freedoms, return the fugitives from American justice, including the return of the cop-killer Joanne Chesimard,” a self-righteous Trump said in his speech to an audience of the most reactionary elements of the Cuban-American community.

Not so fast, Mr. Trump, how about Luis Posada Carriles? As you should know, this man lives free and comfortably in Miami protected by the U.S. government, even though he is a dangerous terrorist with a long and deadly rap sheet.

This heinous character hasn’t paid any price whatsoever for his crimes although Cuba has been asking for his extradition for years so he can finally be judged for the monstrous bombing of Cubana Airlines Flight 455, which killed the 73 passengers on board, including the entire Cuban national fencing team. 

A heartless murderer, Posada Carriles is named in U.S. intelligence reports not only as the mastermind behind the 1976 Cubana bombing, but is also linked to a string of hotel bombings in Cuba, resulting in the death of Italian tourist Fabio diCelmo, something he would later brag about in a 1998 New York Times interview.

"The Italian was in the wrong place at the wrong time, but I sleep like a baby," Posada Carriles, now 88, told the newspaper. Not exactly your kindly grandfather.

Born in Cuba and naturalized Venezuelan, Posada Carriles was a longtime CIA operative, who is a convicted terrorist in two countries. He escaped from a Venezuelan jail, and was infamously pardoned in Panama by U.S.-backed former president Mireya Moscoso, after serving four years for a 2000 plot to assassinate Fidel Castro during a summit in that country.

Not a man deterred by small details, the Castro assassination plot called for using 200 pounds of dynamite and C-4 explosives to blow up an auditorium packed with college students. Collateral damage, one supposes. 

One has to admire Trump’s gall in asking Cuba for Chesimard’s extradition while protecting this monstrous criminal who freely roams the streets of Miami.

One more thing: The small group of “dissidents” who claim to be persecuted in Cuba, were able to travel from Havana to attend the shameful anti-Cuban absurdist play at the Manuel Artime Theater. They clapped, cheered, and intoned the U.S. national anthem (and only the U.S. national anthem) in celebration of a return to a policy of hostility that can only harm the same Cuban people they claim to be “fighting for” – and they didn’t look abused at all. Actually, they seemed very happy genuflecting to their master and playing his absurd game.

Yes, the inmates are running the asylum and who knows where their lunacy will take us all.

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