Cuban exile and ex CIA agent, Luis Posada Carriles has been accused of terrorism by the governments of Cuba and Venezuela. These governments mark him as the mastermind behind the terrorist attack of the Cubana flight 455 in 1976, where two time bombs were used to destroy the plane off the coast of Barbados. As a result of the attack, 73 innocent passengers were killed.
In 1997, a wave of bomb attacks against hotels takes place in Havana, killing an Italian tourist and wounding several other innocents. When arrested, the perpetrators of the blasts (all Central American citizens who went to Cuba as tourists) admit to have acted for financial gains following direct orders from Posada Carriles. The terrorist described with great detail how they were recruited and instructed on how to manipulate the time bombs used in the Havana attacks by Posada Carriles himself.
The actuality that Posada Carriles was the orchestrator of these terrorist attacks is a fact publicly acknowledged by him the following year in an interview published by the The New York Times (July1998).
On May 3, 2007, it was revealed that FBI agents traveled to Cuba in 2006 as part of an investigation about the role of Posada in the terrorist attacks of Havana. New documents released by the FBI indicate the authorship of Posada in this attack and in other terrorist plots.
Today, in an anti-terrorist Nation, the trial of Posada Carriles continued in El Paso, Texas where he is being tried for perjury (immigration causes) and not terrorism. The lead prosecutor Timothy Reardon claims he would present sufficient incriminating evidence which will also prove Posada's involvement in the terrorist attacks.
I can not help but to think, how much could a maximum sentence of five years really matter after enjoying a lifetime of freedom without being indicted for the crimes you've committed? Seems like a small price to pay.
Most of us oppose communism as it has a detrimental effects on populations and continually violates human rights, but justice should be met over all. It is not just for innocent people to die over any cause! The attempts to bring down a communist regime does not excuse terrorism. Those who sacrifice innocent human lives to achieve their purposes should abide the consequences of their acts.